Nicolas Jenkins

A Canadian video artist and former underground warehouse party promoter based in New York City, Nicolas Jenkins has spent much of his life traveling. Born in Peru, he had already lived on six of the seven continents before graduating high school. He majored in video and performance in the Photo-Electric Arts Dept. at Torontoʼs Ontario College of Art.

While living in Montreal he established a name for himself as a pioneer in the underground warehouse party scene (the 1990 police raid of his infamous Sex Garage warehouse party led to the mobilization of Montrealʼs apathetic gay community, igniting a local Stonewall like movement).

His short films and videos have been shown extensively across North America and Europe. His video art piece “The Bridge” is part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada. His video work has also been broadcast on PBS television and screened at the Paris PompidouCenter.

Between 2000-2004 Jenkins produced a monthly cable show in New York going by the name PRODUCT (Diary of a Disco Dolly). Conceived as an anthropological urban study, PRODUCT became a public outlet for how fringe culture is produced and redistributed to the masses. Product featured in depth interviews and profiles on artists as diverse and wide ranging as Patty Chang, Momus, Antony & the Johnsons, to Chicks On Speed.

Between 2005-2007 Nicolas collaborated with Genesis P-Orridge and PSYCHIC TV on videos for their latest album and world tour. In 2010 he collaborated with modern dance choreographer Mei-Yin NG creating visuals for her multimedia dance performance Mentallic.


PRODUCT (Diary of a Disco Dolly)

2004, 51:30 minutes, Colour, English