Employing found materials from contemporary society, filmmakers Jenny Vogel and Mary Billyou share investigations into parallel but opposing psychologies: surveillance and social participation; intimacy and authority; the conscious and the subconscious. Their web-based and textual works are driven by an interest in desire, melancholia, and the messiness of existence. Vogel and Billyou currently work together through the Brooklyn-based Round Robin Artist Collective.
Mary Billyou’s films and videos have shown in North America, Europe, and in China; screenings include: Images Festival, SCOPE New York, Sundance International Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, and Squeaky Wheel. Her work revolves around the perceptual and philosophical matrices of “the face,” the scientific gaze, and feminism. Her interests include collaborative practices, ordering systems, and going for long walks with the dog. In 2010, she received a filmmaking grant from The Jerome Foundation.
Jenny Vogel (born in Germany, 1975) lives in New York and North Texas. She works in video, photography and computer arts. Vogel’s art explores the world as viewed through new media technology using web-cameras, blogs and Google searches as source material. She received her MFA from Hunter College (NYC) in 2003. She is a 2005 NYFA fellow in Computer Arts and is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media Art in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas. Her work has been screened and exhibited in group and solo- shows in numerous locations and galleries: San Francisco Camerawork, CA; Arnolfini, UK; The Siberia Biennial, Russia; The Swiss Institute, NYC; EFA Gallery, NYC; Kunstwerke, Berlin; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC.