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Jill Scott

Jill Scott
Year of birth, place
1952, Melbourne, Australia
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist, Artist of the Collection

​Jill Scott's work comprises performances, films, videos and numerous interactive installations. In the 1970's, she experimented with participatory forms of art and observed audience reaction patterns. Her earlier video works explore how the medium can be used for self-presentation and to cinematic effect. Since the 1990's, Jill Scott has been working on major interactive installations which experiment with new forms of cinematic narration with a mixture of documentary appraisal and production. Most of her work circles around a spectrum of the topics: the body - technology - feminism - multiculturalism, and stands for a self-confident and critical discussion. 

1970-73 Studied at Prahan College, Melbourne (Degree in Art and Design)
1974 Studied at Melbourne Teachers' College, Melbourne University (Diploma of Education)
1976-77 Studied Fine Arts and Communication at San Francisco State University, California (Masters Degree)

Teaching/other activities
1975 Lecturer, Artist in Schools Program, London
1980-82 Lecturer in Video and Performance at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
1982-91 Professor of Video, Film, Multimedia, Sound and Performance at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Sydney
1986-88 President of the Australian Video Festival, Sydney
1990 Director and Curator of the SITE Galleries, San Francisco
1992-95 Guest Professor at the Kunsthochschule, Saarbrücken
since 1993 Artist in residence and project management for Interface-Design at the ZKM⎢Media Museum, Karlsruhe
1995 Co-ordinator of computer animation workshops at the École des Arts Décoratives, Strasbourg

Awards/Scholarships (selection)
1990 Video Art Prize for »Wishful Thinking« at the Australian Video Festival, Sydney; Commendation in the Interactive Art category for »Machine Dreams« from the Prix Ars Electronica, Linz
1993 Distinction in the Interactive Art category for »Paradise Tossed« from the Prix Ars Electronica, Linz

Solo exhibitions (selection)
1979 Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., New York
1984 »Constriction«, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg (organization of the exhibition)
1985 »The Performance Space«, Artist in Residence, Sydney
1986 »Doubledream«, Video Scan Gallery, Tokyo
1993 »Paradise Tossed«, Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery, Sydney
1994 »Machinedreams«, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
1996 »Solo Retrospective: The Body Remembers«, Experimenta and the Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Group exhibitions (selection)
1977 »The Global Space Invasion Show«, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
1982 »New Imagery«, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1987 »Video Television Festival«, Tokyo
1989 »Im Netz der Systeme - Ars Electronica«, Vienna
1991 The Sydney Biennale, Sydney
1992 »Siggraph '92 - Art Show«, Chicago
1994 »25 Years of Australian Performance Art«, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
1996 »Image de Futur«, Montréal; »Ich und Du«, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich

»Video Tapes«, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Melbourne; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Literature (selection)
Block, René: »8th Biennale of Sydney - The Readymade Boomerang - Certain Relations in 20th Century Art«, Sydney 1990; British Film Institute; Hayward, Philip (ed.): »Future Screen Technologies - Virtual Experiences«, London 1992; Denk, Andreas: "Jill Scott - »Machinedreams« - Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik
Deutschland, Bonn, 16.9.-13.11.1994", »Kunstforum International - Zwischen Erinnern und Vergessen«, Vol. 128, Cologne 1994; Scott, Jill: "Techno shamanism - Reality or Nonsense?", »Tightrope Magazine«, 1994; Scott, Jill: "Die digitale Körperethik", »Kunstforum International - Die Zukunft des Körpers II“, Vol. 133, Cologne 1996; Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich (ed.): »Ich und Du - Kommunikation und Neue Medien«, Zürich 1996

Works in connection with the ZKM
»Frontiers of Utopia«
»Digital Body-Automata«
»Salon Digital«


  • Cover der Publikation »Multimediale 4«
    • Heinrich Klotz (Ed.)
    • Multimediale 4
    • 1995
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: German
    • 6       Vorwort  


      10      Die Zweite Moderne – eine Diagnose           der Kunst der Gegenwart 12      Neue Medien - Neue Kriterien? 14      Das digitale Museum  


  • Cover der Publikation »Perspektiven der Medienkunst / Media Art Perspectives«
    • Heinrich Klotz (Ed.)
    • Perspektiven der Medienkunst / Media Art Perspectives
    • Cantz, Ostfildern, 1996
    • Anthology
    • Language: German and English
    • Do media works of art turn our traditional art categories upside down? Will we still recognize our museums in a few years from now or will new media even make them completely redundant? Fifteen artists, scientists and curators of international...

  • Cover der Publikation »Media-Art-History«
  • Cover der Publikation »Medien-Kunst-Geschichte«
  • Cover der Publikation »PVC3. Performance Video Computer Clip Club«
    • Gerhard Johann Lischka (Ed.)
    • PVC3. Performance Video Computer Clip Club
    • Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2002
    • CD-ROM/DVD
    • Language: German and English
    • PVC3 is a forum for the discussion and presentation of contemporary products in the area of electronic media. Excessively fed by the global production of images by mass media - especially TV - the access to these media has nowadays become more...

  • Cover der Publikation »Future Cinema«
    • Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Future Cinema
    • MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: English
    • One aspect of our globalization is the development of a worldwide network of technological standards and production, distribution, and presentation norms necessary in order to recoup, via distribution to the mass global market, vastly increased...

  • Cover der Publikation »Die algorithmische Revolution«
  • Cover der Publikation »Medien Kunst Netz 2 / Media Art Net 2«
    • Rudolf Frieling and Dieter Daniels (Eds.)
    • Medien Kunst Netz 2 / Media Art Net 2
    • Springer, Wien und New York, 2005
    • Anthology
    • Language: German and English
    • http://www.mediaartnet.org

      Current discourses of media art in an international context: a book to accompany the online platform »Media Art Net«. A network of curators and writers explore seminal...

  • Cover der Publikation »You_ser«
    • You_ser
    • 2007
    • Exhibition brochure
    • Language: German
  • Cover der Publikation »You_ser (English)«
  • Cover der Publikation »Medien Kunst Netz«
    • Dieter Daniels, Rudolf Frieling (Hg.)
    • Medien Kunst Netz / Media Art Net
    • 2004
    • Online publication
    • Language: English and German
    • Objectives

      Media art — by definition multimedia, time-based or process-oriented — cannot be sufficiently mediated in book form. Mainstream art and cultural mediation, still being primarily print-based, do little justice to its...

  • Cover der Publikation »New Screen Media«
    • Martin Rieser and Andrea Zapp (Eds.)
    • New Screen Media
    • British Film Institute, London, 2002
    • Anthology, CD-ROM/DVD
    • Language: English
    • The advent of new media presents a serious challenge to our understanding of visual representation, of narrative and indeed the whole art of the moving image. New narrative forms in hypertext, multimedia, computer games, interactive broadcast and...

  • Cover der Publikation »Mediagramm Nr. 20«
    • Mediagramm Nr. 20
    • 1995
    • Journal / Series
    • Language: German
    • Susanne Schuck "ZKM intern. Pläne und Resultate" S. 2
      Susanne Schuck "Ausstellungen der »Multimediale 4«. Fin de siécle. Aus dem Mediengefängnis ...
  • Cover der Publikation »Mediagramm Nr. 23«
    • Mediagramm Nr. 23
    • 1996
    • Journal / Series
    • Language: German
    • Gerd Schwandner "Sauberes Internet und aufrechte Gesinnung. Zensur im Datennetz" S. 2
      Susanne Schuck "CD-ROM. Stilgeschichte Multimedial. Vom...
  • Cover der Publikation »Future Cinema«
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