Since her move to New York in 1983, Perry Bard's work is fueled by observations of her immediate environment and their interpretations in a global context. The space between fact and fiction, the role of technology, the control of media, its proliferation in public space play out in installations and videos that she has presented internationally: at the New York Museum of Modern Art, P.S.1 Museum, Scanners Video Festival Lincoln Center, Reina Sofia Museum Madrid, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb and Bucharest, the Rotterdam Film Festival, in the Sao Paolo, Montreal and Cartagena Biennials. Her latest video Out My Window Down the Alley Around the Corner and Up the Block (2014) was screened at MoMA, NY as part of Documentary Fortnight. The video is a single channel version of the projection which is part of a two channel installation with objects and floor drawing at Joyce Yahouda Gallery in Montreal through January 17, 2015.
In 2014 Bard was commissioned to present a work at the First International Art Biennial of Cartagena Colombia. The resulting performance and installation Hotel (2014) is a collaboration with dancers from El Colegio del Cuerpo in Cartagena. Using the hotel in which she was staying as inspiration, the choreography, presented as a performance intervention at the opening, interprets the gestures of the hotel workers, their movements and smiles recognizable as icons of the hospitality industry, one of the world’s largest employers. The installation honors the meticulous workers whose livelihood depends on tourism.
Her award-winning project Man With A Movie Camera: The Global Remake (2007-ongoing) is the work closest to the proposal submitted to Artslink. Through a website developed for the project at thttp://dziga.perrybard.net people around the world are invited to upload footage interpreting Dziga Vertov’s 1929 film for the 21st century. Software developed for the project archives, sequences and streams the submissions as a split-screen film, Vertov’s original on the left, remake on the right. The project has been named by Google one of the 106 most creative uses of the internet, won Top 25 at the Guggenheim’s Youtube Play Biennial, has screened at Toronto, Moscow and IDFA Film Festivals, won awards at Ars Electronica ’08, Liedts-Meesen Technological Award 2010, Transitio_MX 2011, was nominated at Transmediale ’09 and Share Festival 2010, has been installed in over 50 venues to date including public LED displays in Manchester, Leeds, Norwich and Sheffield UK, Federation Square Melbourne Australia, e4c Seattle U.S.A and Parer Place Urban Screen Brisbane. She has given workshops and lectured about the project worldwide; her article When Film and Database Collide is published in the Video Vortex Reader II: Moving Images Beyond Youtube and a chapter on this work has been published in Resolutions 3: Global Networks of Video. Ming-Yuen S.Ma & Erika Suderburg, Ed.U Minnesota Press. 2012