Scott Kildall

Scott Kildall

Scott Kildall (b. 1969 in Monterey, California) is a conceptual artist working with new technologies in a variety of media including video art, prints, sculpture and performance art. He is the son of legendary computer innovator, Gary Kildall.

Kildall graduated with an undergraduate degree in Political Philosophy from Brown University in 1991. He received a Master of Fine Arts through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 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: [ Spark Artist Profile] , August 1st, 2007] He gathers material from the public realm and repackages them into artworks in other environments. [Callaway, Bob: [ All Male Revue: ("Man Box" at the LAB)] , art fever, April 14th, 2006]

His Artwork

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: [ 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 11 lunar landing in response to an announcement by NASA that it was unable to find the original tapes of that event. [Shaughnessy, Haydn: [ 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 [ 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 Ader and others. [ Quaranta, Domenico: [ 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 [ No Matter] which makes folded paper sculptures of imaginary objects such as the Holy Grail, the Trojan Horse and Schrödinger's cat.

Notable Exhibitions

In 2007, Kildall had his first solo show, Imaginary Souvenirs at Mission 17 gallery in San Francisco which showed his video works. [ [ "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 January 31, 2008, 'Ten Cubed' Gallery in Second Life was launched. [ [ 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 Stern from Milwaukee, WI, Chris Ashley from Oakland, CA, Jon Coffelt from New York, NY and Claire Keating from Cork, Ireland.

Early career

Kildall worked as a software developer first at Macromedia (1991-1993). He founded a company called Red Eye Software (1994-2000) that developed Xtras and 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: [ One Man's Trash] , SF Weekly, September 11, 2002]

External links

* [ Scott Kildall’s website]
* [ KQED Television: Spark Artist Profile] (television segment)
* [ Micaela Gallery] (San Francisco)
* [ Koscielak Gallery] (Chicago)
* [ Haydn Shaughnessy Gallery for Innovative Contemporary Artists] (Ireland)
* [ Second Front blog]


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