Haunting the periphery of the Canadian music and media art scene for more than two decades, Toronto-based singer, composer and video artist Laurel MacDonald has released several critically acclaimed CDs, each produced by her creative partner Philip Strong. This body of work features Strong’s distinctive sonic signature and MacDonald’s otherworldly vocals. Their music has been heard in countless film, television, theatre and dance productions, one of which earned them a Gemini Award in 2003.
In 2008 MacDonald introduced her solo performance project MUTEK in Montreal.
She premiered her video/sound installation XXIX as part of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in October 2010, where it received the Scotiabank People’s Choice Award in the Open Call category.
In 2011, XXIX and MacDonald’s experimental film Sequential Duet screened at film festivals in five countries. The interactive tablet-based app and video installation Alone Together, created by MacDonald and Shawn Kerwin during a residency at Canadian Film Centre Media Lab, premiered at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in October 2011.
In 2012 MacDonald created the programmed choreography [Arc]hitecture for the kinetic Windscape installation at Luminato festival in Toronto, and performed as Sound Symposium XVIin St. John’s, Newfoundland.
In 2013 XXIX was presented as a video and 21-channel sound installation at BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), Virgoscillo was a featured exhibit at The Artist Project in Toronto, and NXNE Music+Film+Comedy+Art+Interactive, also in Toronto.