Interview: Bill Hill

Bill Hill Bill Hill, Re_Union, (video still)

Interview: Bill Hill

Director Luca Curci‘s conversation with Bill Hill after his participation in Hidden Rooms in Venice.

Bill Hill is a tenured Associate Professor of Intermedia. He served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Jacksonville University for 8 years and as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and has 20 years of teaching experience. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Intermedia from the University of Florida and has received a University Academy of Scholars Grant funded in part by the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund to study the learning methodology of electronic media.

Bill HillBill Hill, Brood

His work has been exhibited in several exhibitions, festivals, galleries and museums all over the world and published in numerous periodicals and newspapers such as Computer Arts, Exposure and Leonardo, in addition to the book entitled “Art, Technology, Consciousness: Mind @ Large”. Presentations on his work have been given at national and international conferences including Siggraph, College Art Association and more.

Bill Hill Bill Hill, Latent Territory, (video still)

Luca Curci – Your work was exhibited during Hidden Rooms exhibition in Venice on November 2014: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

Bill Hill – The Hidden Rooms exhibition in Venice was not only a tremendous opportunity to join other artist striving to push the discipline of electronic media for artistic purposes, but it also challenged me as an artist to think connectively toward international interpretations of hybrid imagery. The organizations connected with the exhibition not only nurtured my creative process, but they also fostered a strenuous narrative that challenged the direction and vision of the work I am making.

Bill Hill Bill Hill, Re_Union, (video still)

L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

B. H. – Latent Territory is one of series of short experimental films that is driven through a metaphorical representation of an oyster and it shell. These works push the contrast between the hardened exterior facades that we build to protect the more vulnerable inner parts of being.  Just as room where we store and conceal parts of our lives this piece use the shell of a hotel to signify the longing that can be locked away, but visited.

Bill Hill Bill Hill, Latent Territory, (video still)

L. C. – What are you currently working on?

B. H. – Currently I am working on a longer narrative piece paralleling the lives of a glass blower and pearl diver, along with casting oyster shells and pearls from various materials

Bill Hill Bill Hill, UnCultured Pearl, (video still)

L. C. – What is art for you?

B. H. – Art, for me, goes beyond representation or abstraction of the visible, but rather it goals should be to open up new paths of connections and seeing.

L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

B. H. – ArtExpo has been at the forefront of connecting cultures through contemporary art and challenging both artists and audiences to connect toward the empowerment of both.

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L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

B. H. – Absolutely, these opportunities have not only provided unique venues for artist to screen works and expand their reach, but can also be leveraged for more diverse opportunities in the host countries.

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