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Artists Jira Duguid (Berlin) and Jeremy Couillard (New York) meet online and create a game space together using a database of their creations. While building together they discuss current ways video games are used as art forms both in the Art world and the Video Game world, they go over cultural production trends, collective consciousness, tropes in video games as well as video games as performance art.
Educated as a painter, Couillard is a self-taught new media artist who has made numerous well-received and internationally exhibited video, virtual reality, and video game works, accompanied by installations, paintings, and ephemera. His works often deploy humorous narratives about future dystopias to explore what motivates us as humans to work, live, and create.
Jeremy Couillard was born in 1980 in Michigan. He is represented by Denny Dimin Gallery, New York. He received his MFA from Columbia University and his BA from Michigan State University. Couillard has exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection (London, U.K.), The Bass Museum (co-commissioned by Daata) (Miami Beach, FL), Phillips Auction House (co-commissioned by Daata) (New York, NY), yours, mine & ours gallery (New York, NY), Lincoln Center (New York, NY), Louis B. James (New York, NY), Zhulong Gallery (Dallas, TX), Flux Factory (Queens, NY), and has screened his work at the New Museum and Rhizome (New York, NY), Salon 94 (New York, NY), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY), and the Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA).
Couillard’s work has been featured or reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, Frieze Magazine, Art in America, VICE’s The Creators Project, The Washington Post, FAD, artnet news, ARTNews, the Huffington Post, and the Observer. Couillard’s work is in important collections including the Zabludowicz Collection.
Jira Duguid is a professional Nontent Creator and self-taught new media artist working with game engines in order to commodify dreams / nightmares / memories for mass distribution online.
Jira releases both solo work and collaborations with her two conspirators on collective / label Fantasia Malware, exploring video games as a form of live performance. From 2015-2020 Jira worked predominantly with art game collective AAA Software releasing three video games (Dystropicana, Data Mutations and Utopias: Navigating Without Coordinates). Jira also cohosts the unhinged podcast New Genesis Online investigating such topics as trans life, queer sex and the dreamcast.
Jira Duguid was born in 1990 in Australia. She has been commissioned by the Royal Opera House and National Gallery (London) and Overkill Festival (Enschede). She has exhibited at transmediale (Berlin), A MAZE. (Berlin), Electromuseum (Moscow), SIGHT + SOUND (Online), Slamdance DIG (Los Angeles), Retune Festival (Berlin), panke.gallery (Berlin).
Duguid’s work has been featured or reviewed in publications from Serpentine Galleries (London), Royal College of Art (London), ARTE Tracks, VICE, Syousetsu Subaru Magazine and Edge Magazine.