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Mary Billyou
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: As an experimental filmmaker, I focus the viewer upon navigations between intimacy and authority, witnessing and perception, hallucination and memory. I re-order anonymous authoritative directives through the editing techniques of sequence and collage. Inspired by the spirit of punk and feminism, by the surrealist objet trouvé and cut-up, I hope to disrupt and redirect the viewer to a new place where he or she feels free to invent his or her own truth. Ideally, this is a place where different narratives and repressed histories are suggested.
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MARY BILLYOU
marybillyou@yahoo.com
www.marybillyou.com


EXHIBITION HISTORY

September 2011
LIVE/WORK SPACE, Round Robin Collective, CAMEL Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

June 2011
Up, Periscope! Northside Town Hall Community & Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY

November 2010
SpecifyOthers: SanctionedArray, White Box Gallery, New York, NY

March 2010
Double-Bill, Art in General, New York, NY
Ecstatic, Round Robin Collective at the Former Convent of St. Cecilia's, Brooklyn, NY

September 2009
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL

April 2009
Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
The Free Translators, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY; The Nightingale Theater, Chicago, IL

March 2009
SCOPE Art Fair, NY, NY
Unmasked: A Marathon of Artists' Videos Contesting Systems of Rule, Atti Democratici, Turin, Italy

February 2009
Hysteria: Past Yet Present, The Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Takoma Park Film Festival, Takoma Park, MD

October 2008
MIX 21: New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York, NY

March 2008
The Free Translators, Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY; Time and Space Limited, Hudson, NY; Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD; Small Change Screenings, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
The Council on Middle East Studies and the Schnell Center for Human Rights, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
Festival of Open-Ended Time-Based Media, Solvent Space, Richmond, VA

February 2008
Unmasked: A Marathon of Artists' Videos Contesting Systems of Rule, The New Museum, New York, NY

September 2007
Festival of Women's Film and Media Arts, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

April 2007
On the Collective for Living Cinema, Orchard Street Gallery, New York, NY
Liar Lies, DePaul University Museum, Chicago, IL

February 2007
Charged in the Name of Terror: Paul Chan Connects, Film Program, Sundance International Film Festival, Park City, UT; PDX Film Festival, Portland, OR; Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA; Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL

January 2007
Spectral Evidence, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

September 2005
MadCat Women's International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

June 2005
Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, IL

March 2005
Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival, Chicago, IL

January 2005
Robert(a) Beck Memorial Cinema, Participant, Inc., New York, NY

December 2004
Magic Lantern Cinema, Providence, RI

October 2004
D.U.M.B.O. Short Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn, NY

September 2004
Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, IL

March 2004
Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival, Chicago, IL

January 2004
Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL

November 2003
International Exchange Series: New York – Czech Republic, Film Program, Anthology Film Archives, NY, NY and CESTA, Tabor, Czech Republic

October 2003
D.U.M.B.O. Short Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn, NY

January 2001
Black Maria Film and Video Festival

September 1999
Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

July 1998
The Chainletter Tapes, A Distribution Project by Miranda July


PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

June 2011
This is a History of New York, Northside Town Hall Community & Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY

October 2010
Whole Heart Mind Body, Video Project of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, Produced by Sara Marcus and Cat Tyc

March 2010
On the Alternative Art Space Movement in NYC, A Panel Discussion with The Round Robin Collective, at the group show Ecstatic at the Former Convent of St.Cecilia's, Brooklyn, NY

September 2009
Not The River But The Sea, An Outdoor Film Screening by the East River, Transmitter Park, Brooklyn, NY

March 2009
Shifting Alliances, A Panel Discussion co-organized with Meredith Drum, for the program On the Contrary: Recent Artists' Videos Concerning War in the Middle East, SCOPE Art Fair, NY, NY

October 2008
Conversations on the Contemporary: Artists and the Election, Art in General, NY, NY

June 2008
The Audacity of Desperation, Demo Space 122, PS 122, NY, NY

April 2008
High Risk Citizen, co-organized with Eva Diaz, Art in General, NY, NY

June 2007
Future Yonder, Hudson Franklin Gallery, NY, NY

May 2007
Interim Isles and Ur-Beings: On The Collective for Living Cinema, co-organized with Sabine Gruffat, Orchard Street Gallery, NY, NY

January 2005
Get as Much of Noon as You Can Take, Robert(a) Beck Memorial Cinema, Participant, Inc., NY, NY



AWARDS AND GRANTS

The Jerome Foundation, Filmmaking Grant 2010

BRIC Media Arts Residency 2007

Swing Space Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Residency 2006

Experimental Television Center, Finishing Funds 2006

The Black Maria Film Festival, Director's Citation 2001




BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Right Round Robin," Rachel Rakes, Brooklyn Based, May 2010.

"Gotham Art and Theater," Elisabeth Kley, artnet, March 2010.

"Ecstatic at St. Cecilia's," Daniel Pearce, Idiom, March 2010.

"Pie with Dignity," Melissa Anderson, Artforum.com, April 2009.

"Four Dimensional Films Over Toronto," Michael Sicinski, Academic Hack, April 2009.

"Mary Billyou," Anonda Bell, Hysteria: Past Yet Present, Exhibition Catalog Artist Page, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, February 2009.

"Breach Birth: The Hygiene of Screen Skins," A. Lee Laskin, Octopus Journal, Vol. 4: Surface, University of California Irvine, Fall 2008.

"...and Afterwards? Martin Arnold's Phantom Cinema," James Leo Cahill, Deaths of Cinema: Special Graduate Conference Issue, Spectator 27: Supplement, 2007.

“Charged in the Name of Terror: Portraits by Contemporary Artists,” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, May 18, 2007.

“Spectral Evidence,” Holland Cotter, Art in Review, The New York Times, February 23, 2007.

“Grrrls on Film,” Tina Spangler, Femme Flicke, Issue no. 5, 1999.




EDUCATION

The Whitney Independent Study Program, Studio Fellowship, 2003-2004


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MFA Spring 2003 Film, Video, and New Media; Graduate Colloquium Speaker


The University of Rochester
BA Spring 1991 Art History, Film Studies, French
Graduated with Distinction, Nominated for NEH Award in Film Studies




 








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