- Scott Kildall
Scott Kildall (b. 1969 in Monterey, California) is a
conceptual artistworking with new technologies in a variety of media including video art, prints, sculptureand performance art. He is the son of legendary computer innovator, Gary Kildall.
Kildall graduated with an undergraduate degree in
Political Philosophyfrom Brown Universityin 1991. He received a Master of Fine Arts through the School of the Art Institute of Chicagoin the Art and Technology Studies department in 2006.
Kildall works broadly with themes of memory as they relate to evolving perceptions of media. [KQED Television: [http://www.kqed.org/arts/multimedia/index.jsp?id=18262 Spark Artist Profile] , August 1st, 2007] He gathers material from the public realm and repackages them into artworks in other environments. [Callaway, Bob: [http://artfever.blogspot.com/2006/04/all-male-revue-manbox-at-lab.html All Male Revue: ("Man Box" at the LAB)] , art fever, April 14th, 2006]
Kildall’s artwork centers on how we store and access memories in relation to how media gets produced and disseminated. Future Memories (2006) is a single-channel video work, which uses in-between moments from iconic Hollywood movies. The clips are black-and-white with an ambient soundtrack, which result in a feeling of displaced familiarity as the viewer registers the clips on a subconscious level. [Hackett, Regina: [http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/visualart/276042_crawlspace01.html Hidden talent sees the light of day at Crawl Space] , Seattle Times, July 1, 2006] The socio-historical impacts of media play a role in some of his creations. Uncertain Location (2007) recreates the
Apollo 11lunar landing in response to an announcement by NASA that it was unable to find the original tapes of that event. [Shaughnessy, Haydn: [http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/index.php?Itemid=714&id=108080&option=com_content&task=view Scott Kildall's Memory Projects] , NY Arts, Jan-Feb 2008]
Kildall and Second Life
Kildall is one of the pioneering artists in
Second Life. He is a co-founder of the performance art group, Second Front. [Esther DeCuir [http://www.slnn.com/index.php?SCREEN=article&about=babelfish Babelfish: chaos performed on Friday the 13th] , SLNN, April 16, 2007] His Paradise Ahead (2006-7) print series re-mediates classic conceptual art works by Yoko Ono, Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Aderand others. [ Quaranta, Domenico: [http://spawnofthesurreal.blogspot.com/2007/08/displaced-familiarity-interview-with.html Displaced Familiarity. Interview with Scott Kildall about Paradise Ahead] , Spawn of the Surreal, August 31st, 2007] In collaboration with Victoria Scott, he produced a work called [http://www.nomatter.org No Matter] which makes folded paper sculptures of imaginary objects such as the Holy Grail, the Trojan Horseand Schrödinger's cat.
In 2007, Kildall had his first solo show, Imaginary Souvenirs at Mission 17 gallery in San Francisco which showed his video works. [ [http://www.mission17.org/exhibits/souvenirs/index.htm "Imaginary Souvenirs" at Mission 17] ] In 2008, he was part of the Mixed Realities exhibition in Boston at Huret & Spector Gallery curated by Jo-Anne Greene from Turbulence.org.On January 31, 2008, 'Ten Cubed' Gallery in Second Life was launched. [ [http://www.depoconsulting.com/blog/?p=16 Inaugural artists in Crossing the Void II for "Ten Cubed,"] curated by Haydn Shaughnessy] For its inaugural exhibition, Crossing the Void II, owner and curator Shaughnessy selected five artists working in and with modern technologies: Kildall, along
Nathaniel Sternfrom Milwaukee, WI, Chris Ashley from Oakland, CA, Jon Coffeltfrom New York, NY and Claire Keating from Cork, Ireland.
Kildall worked as a software developer first at
Macromedia(1991-1993). He founded a company called Red Eye Software (1994-2000) that developed Xtrasand other multimedia applications.
In 1999, along with several others, he founded Sleeping Giant Productions in San Francisco, a video organization dedicated to the production of social justice documentaries, which helped establish the video branch of the
Independent Media Center. Kildall produced and edited a number of documentary shorts and a feature length film called “In The Dark.” [Fox, Michael: [http://www.sfweekly.com/2002-09-11/film/one-man-s-trash/ One Man's Trash] , SF Weekly, September 11, 2002]
* [http://www.kildall.com Scott Kildall’s website]
* [http://www.kqed.org/arts/multimedia/index.jsp?id=18262 KQED Television: Spark Artist Profile] (television segment)
* [http://www.micaela.com/ Micaela Gallery] (San Francisco)
* [http://www.gosiakoscielak.com/artists.php Koscielak Gallery] (Chicago)
* [http://www.galleryica.com/ Haydn Shaughnessy Gallery for Innovative Contemporary Artists] (Ireland)
* [http://www.secondfront.org/blog/ Second Front blog]
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