Bill Jones

Bill Jones is a photographer, installation artist and performer based in New York. His work is concerned with light as both a physical phenomenon and metaphorical figure in media from photography through film and video to digital networks. Jones was part of the Vancouver School of conceptual photography, along with such artists as Rodney Graham, Ian Wallace and Jeff Wall.

Jones' work has been shown extensively in Canada, the United States and elsewhere, including a mid-career retrospective, "Bill Jones: 10 Years of Multiple-Image Narratives," at the International Center of Photography; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; Brooklyn Museum; Jewish Museum; Rotunda Gallery; Sandra Gering Gallery; Lombard-Freid Fine Arts; Amy Lipton Gallery; White Columns (all in NY); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Milwaukee Art Museum; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK.

Jones' 2003 exhibition "Nite Nite", at Sandra Gering Gallery with musician collaborator Ben Neill started a new development of MIDI-controlled video, whereby performed elements of sampled video are "played" by both VJ and musician. Their most recent collaborations include Palladio, an interactive, VJ Opera based on the novel by Jonathan Dee that premiered in Glasgow and New York City at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space in February and March 2005 respectively. Jones' new media work was also featured in Playvision at the World Financial Center in the Spring of 2006 and in The New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center in 2007.

Recently, Jones has created a new set of interactive video for new music composed by long-time collaborator Ben Neill. The imagery is primarily black and white and evokes a noirish urban vibe inspired by Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville. The video and music are created as one hybrid form, and the capabilities of Neill's mutantrumpet make it possible for the visual and sonic elements to be seamlessly integrated in real time.

Jones has had a distinguished career as a writer and editor. Previously the founding editor of The Independant amd managing editor of Arts Magazine and Art on Paper, in 1998 he conceived and founded Artbyte: The Magazine of Digital Culture, which he edited for its first two years.