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Peter Bill is an Artist, Activist and Educator. He has, since learning photoshop v. 1.5, been interested in connecting under-represented communities with digital tools so their voices may be broadcast. He has been involved with large scale video projections, guerrilla art actions, and community building since the 90s.

Peter Bill's award winning paint and video landscapes have shown in such diverse venues as The Kitchen(NYC), the Henry Art Gallery(Seattle), FILE Festival(São Paulo, Brazil), and other international venues. He continues in his Oil paintings and video work to weave the painterly with the digital, pixels and paint, indigo and 191970 blue. He envisioned and realized the first time-lapse film festival in North America, the Gila Timelapse Film Festival and has curated and directed shows on three continents. "Art must be realized on the streets, as an agent of change and progress."
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Much of my art has been about creating a vessel, a space for meditation. Through my painting and video installations I hope to create a moment of quietude, a contemplation of this world we have built.

In my mural and documentary film work I have balanced a certain transcendentalism in my heart with my didactic scots-yankee bones. In the public sphere arts role is to inspire and provoke. Therefore in my mural projects I have attempted to involve the local community in the conception and realization of my projects. In my animations and short films I have attempted critiques of the bathetic apocalyptic culture we live in, the false utopia of the California landscape, the contested landscape of New Mexico, and tried to get to the situation on the ground in war torn Bosnia, among other subjects. The world is a complicated, granular place. We cannot oversimplify with our stories, but we can in their telling change opinions, and thus change the world for the better.

Installation

festivals Hiroshima Installation media literacy new media timelapse December 22, 2018 Zero Project 2018
I have been traveling to Hiroshima the last 3 years to work on 1future's programs there. Founded by Cannon Hersey and Taku Nishimae, 1future creates events+workshops around the world to promote peace and social innovation. This year we hosted the event at the former Bank of Japan building, now a cultural center, that was one ...
Installation new media new mexico Uncategorized September 1, 2017 River, voice, time

A multidisciplinary installation put together at SFAI water rights residency 2017

Installation April 22, 2013 "Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme" – 1938

Don’t we feel french and hip? The 1938 International Surrealism Exhibiton in Paris was another seminal moment in installation art history. First of all, in light of my last post about “Womanhouse,” I would like to point out that I cannot find record of a single female artist who was shown at the 1938 surrealism …

Installation April 19, 2013 Installation: "Womanhouse" (1972)

Instead of writing about an individual installation artist, this time I am going to write about a seminal installation event: “Womanhouse,” which was exhibited in Los Angeles, California, in 1972. Below is a photo of the artists. I’ve heard this installation referred to as “the first feminist exhibit,” which I am not going to research …

Installation new media April 12, 2013 Sarah Sze: Contemporary American Installation Artist

I’m trying to remember how I found out about Sarah Sze. I’m pretty sure it was from my Women in Art History class last semester. I did a search for “women installation artists”  and was like, whoa, how come I hadn’t heard about her already? Likely answer: I’m a newbie art undergrad. She’s pretty famous. …

general interest Installation October 8, 2012 lost in the landscape

for space/place assignment, read this(warning: its pretty hard stuff): http://lejournaldelaphotographie.com/entries/8778/fernando-brito-lost-in-the-landscape?utm_source=La+Lettre+de+la+Photographie+List&utm_campaign=b1f2e35f26-Le_Journal_de_la_Photographie_02_10_2012&utm_medium=email

anna davis general interest Installation July 20, 2012 East Coast Watts Towers?

While in LA for the All of Art History In 6 Days class, we visited Watts Towers, such an inspiration for people who have nothing making epic art for the mission of it.  Somebody has been doing that in Manhattan, too.  Sorry to not see it when I was out there.  

anna davis general interest Installation WNMU May 23, 2012 Art for Fun

I just spent a solid week in Los Angeles looking at art, from the Stone Age to stuff made this year.  One piece of art at the LACMA made a very strong impression on me, I spent several minutes looking at it from every angle, absorbing it, interacting with it, photographing it, and revisited it …

Installation new media new mexico silver city WNMU February 6, 2012 Nostophobia @ McCray Gallery

[slideshow] Daughters, sixteen, travel, river…to the river, boy, tails…fish-mermen!, whispers, make love, return, twelve days – no! – months, giving birth, babies, lullaby, anxious, sons, the first… Full moon, travel to the river, sons, flow, cry, fathers, cry, and cry, and whispering, weeping, next-full moon, weeping, sons mothers, washing the hair, smell, mother, weeping, next …

Installation new media Uncategorized August 21, 2011 live video performance

can anyone figure out how she does it? [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViZBwbzOcC8]