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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.

Judging HIPA International Photo Prize, Time-lapse Category

December 21, 2018

Behind the scenes at Hipa 2018

I was invited to judge the Hipa international photo festival in Dubai. It was a great experience to view time-lapse films from around the world, and then present the awards to the winners at the Dubai Opera house, right at the base of the Burj Khalifa, tallest skyscraper in the world. I gave a talk about my work, and got to serve on a panel with James Balog and James Nachtway as well. Dubai was a very interesting place, and I was humbled and honored to be selected as judge and presenter.

For the above video, I wrote the initial text working with the very cool  festival show runner, Florian Akinbiyi. I like working both high and low, but it was really cool to be behind the scenes at a premier event.