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single channel video and sound installation
video projection on sail of boat, stereo sound 1994 - 1998

Gillies displaces the linearity and telelogical impulse of colonial and industrial history. The past and the present are squeezed together; sounds of old and new trains are mixed, short-wave radio signals generate another space and another landscape. He fuses these sounds and images together as part of an ‘infernal machine', a hegemony that is rapidly spinning into crisis and obsolescence.

Linda Carolli, 'Tall ships / Tall tales, Armada: a video work by John Gillies', 1998

first installed: Griffith University Art Museum, Australia & Museu Arte da Moderna da Bahia, Brazil

curated by: Marguerite Bonnin (Brisbane, Australia), Rosana Almeida Oliveira (Bahia, Brazil)

Tall ships / Tall tales, Armada: a video work by John Gillies by Linda Carroli
Orchestrating Armada: an interview with John Gillies by Nicholas Zurbrugg
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane
Exit: Art and Cinema at the End of the Century, Chisenhale Gallery, London 1999 - 2000 (video only)
John Gillies: Armada, FIM!, Museu Arte da Moderna da Bahia, Brazil 1998 (installation on boat at sea)
Image Cannibals,  Substation, Singapore 1994 (video only)
John Gillies, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane 1994 (gallery installation on sail)
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