Bill Jones is a photographer, filmaker and installation artist. His work in all media is concerned with the subject of light as physical phenomena and metaphorical figure. It inhabits the limnal spaces created by the conjunction of performance, installation and object art. Jones was a seminal figure in the Vancouver School of conceptual photography, along with such artists as Rodney Graham, Ian Wallace and Jeff Wall. His solo exhibitions include: Bill Jones : A Survey, The Vancouver Art Gallery; Bill Jones : Ten Years of Multiple Image Narratives, The International Center of Photography, New York; Metaphysical Metaphors, The High Museum, Atlanta; and Bill Jones : Willed Photographs 1987-1997, The Koefler Center, Toronto. Public Collections include the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has a distinguished career as a writer and editor. He was previously the managing editor of Arts Magazine, and founded Artbyte : The Magazine of Digital Culture, which he edited for its first two years.
The midi-video "Life During War Time" is a project made in collaboration with musician Ben Neill. Based on a remix of the eponymous song by David Byrne of the Talking Heads, it was produced in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks, and recombines hours of footage of downtown New York during the weeks and months of recovery with television footage of the ensuing war in Afghanistan, and other timely media imagery. The remix of the many-layered video footage is driven by the recorded music CD signal, by live VJ midi-keyboard, or by live signals from Ben Neill's mutantrumpet.
Bill Jones & Ben Neill are a digital collaborative represented by Sandra Gering Gallery, NYC. Their work was most recently presented as part of the exhibition "Magic of Light" at the Hudson River Museum, February 2002. Their work has been included in exhibitions at Kettles Yard, Cambridge (UK), Art at St. Anne's and Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, The Downtown Arts Festival, NYC, and Revolution Gallery, Detroit. Their next solo exhibition will take place at Sandra Gering Gallery in Spring 2003.