photography, film & performance - concept & innovation -
creative software for business & the arts - research, development & education
Jamie is currently working on
WHITE LIES exhibition Electro Studio (Hastings) Sept-Oct 2013
WILD NEW TERRITORIES exhibition (Berlin) Sept 2013
DIRECTOR OF INTERACTIVE DESIGN Indigeneity Exhibition at London's South Bank BargeHouse Oct 2013.
Jamie is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council & the STEIM Foundation for the Arts (Amsterdam)
June 13 Kinect Amsterdam
June 25-27 Berlin with Mark Coniglio
July 8-10 Nottingham Univ, UK
July 22-27 Jacksonville Univ, Florida
a film by jamie griffiths & joe average
"He's been called the Andy Warhol of Vancouver.
His name is Joe Average - and his joyful art, public generosity and flamboyant presence- have distinguished him as anything but average.
Throughout the 80's and 90's Joe Average took an artist's brush to his often grey and rain-soaked city - and painted it technicolour. His art was festooned on street banners and bridges... public squares, markets and meeting places.
All this exuberance from a man who is one of the longest surviving Canadians with HIV/AIDS. Twenty-seven years ago - when he was diagnosed with the then-unknown, terrifying and often fatal virus - the young Joe Average made a vow to make his living solely from his art. And he succeeded. His images have been used for International AIDS conferences; on postage stamps and hang in public private collections around the world.
But today Joe Average is close to running out of income. And he has become a virtual recluse.
He has 'lipoatrophy' - a particularly ghoulish and debilitating side-effect of anti-retro viral drugs....a condition that eats away body fat. At five-feet-eight-inches tall - Joe now weighs just over 100 pounds.
Ten years ago, at a particularly tough moment in his struggle with AIDS, Joe put down his paintbrush. He hasn't picked it up since.
But - ever the creator - Joe Average has recently begun a different kind of art - in shades of grey and dark shadows - that reflects his new reality. Here is 'The Incredible Shrinking Man'."
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