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Road Movie
4 channel video and sound installation, 2008 -2013
The installation incorporates Road Movie (Part 1) 2008, Lost 2008, The Parramatta Road Project 2011 and The Park 2013. Each component can also be screened separately.


The protagonist of Road Movie acts alone. But Road Movie also disrupts the internal logics of this popular cinematic genre. As the road opens up for the lone protagonist, as the constant loud noise and frenetic pace of the city is displaced by quietness and stillness, the narrative departs from the generic script and stages an unexpected and absurd dead‐end.

 Therese Davis, 'A Road Movie by John Gillies' in Video Logic, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2008

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Road Movie (part 1) first installed, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
A Road Movie by John Gillies, Therese Davis
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performer: Matt Prest

music: Im Parramatta by Ralph Benatsky 1936

organ: Nigel Kellaway

all other music: John Gillies

construction: Willy Hall

Exhibitions and Screenings

New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale 2014

Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney 2014

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba 2014

Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton 2014

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst 2014

Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upway 2014

Sydney Underground Film Festival 2009

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami 2008

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2008