A blue sky with the words

Jillian Mayer

Artist in Residence, 2018

Artist Statement

I am an artist and filmmaker living and working in South Florida. My work explores how technology affects our identities, lives, and experiences. Through videos, online experiences, photography, telephone numbers, performance, sculpture, painting, and installation, my projects investigate the tension between physical and digital iterations of identity and existence.

My sculptures and video work have premiered at galleries and museums internationally such as MoMA, MoCA:NoMi, BAM, Bass Museum, some of the Guggenheims, and the Contemporary Museum of Montreal (Montreal Biennial 2014), and my films have been screened at film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and the New York Film Festival.

In Miami, I help run Borscht Corp, a an artist-run nonprofit film festival, residency, community program, and international filmmaker exchange that has brought filmmakers from countries across the world to Miami.

While at Headlands

While at Headlands, I will continue to explore the place and value of art in the apocalypse. Living in Miami, climate disaster looms large in the collective consciousness, even as development on the coast continues at a untenable pace. I am interested in how survivalists prepare for disaster, and how the objects they create betray universal anxieties and fantasies around an unstable future. How does our value structure change in times of disaster? As we move into a time of survival, how do art objects and artists adjust to our society’s shifting priorities?

Selected Videos