Janet Cardiff was born in Brussels, Ontario, Canada, in 1957. George Bures Miller was born in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada in 1960. Cardiff and Miller live and work in Canada and Berlin, Germany and have been collaborating on sound and multimedia works and installations since 1995. The duo represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2001 with Paradise Institute, a multi-layered installation exploring cinematic experience through architectural and aural illusions. In 2002-3 a major survey of their works toured to MoMA PS1 Center for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, NY; The Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal; the Castello Rivoli in Turin and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo. Lost in the Memory Palace, a more recent survey of their work, opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Spring 2013; it travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and the Vancouver Art Gallery through 2014. Other upcoming exhibitions include site-specific commissions for The Menil Collection in Houston, TX and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.
Audio and video walks by Cardiff have been mounted in numerous locations including the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., Central Park (Public Art Fund), New York and the Whitechapel Library, London (organized by Artangel) and for the 53rd Carnegie International at The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.