All posts for the month March, 2020

Like most of us on Spaceship Earth, I’m going a little stir crazy. While working on my studio tan, I’m making new work with my video synths and digging through my archives. I’ve posted some videos to amuse you, soothe you, or just confuse you. #StayHome and healthy!

Howling: Healing, Need You Now, Bind and Phases are the first four of 13 videos I’m making in my home video synth studio—one for each track on the new album, ‘Colure’, coming 24 July on Counter Records.

Rue Bainbridge, the media art duo of Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge, intersect expanded cinema with sonic art. Bainbridge plays a hacked game console to generate light drawings. For Rue, these glowing patterns become a score, with visual rhythmicity suggesting electro-acoustic events.

Alone Together is a networked media performance by Rue Bainbridge. The artists improvised together, alone in their home studios, via webcam conferencing software.

Rue Bainbridge: Here Come The Wormholes is excerpted from a rehearsal for a performance at The Hepworth Wakefield Museum, England, on 31 July 2019, presented by The Art House for Index Festival.

Barbara Held & Benton C Bainbridge: Tearing Through, 2018
Benton C Bainbridge & Barbara Held: Tearing Through

Bainbridge & Held premiere their latest media artwork with Experimental Intermedia NYC SCREEN COMPOSITIONS Edition #16 curated by Katherine Liberovskaya, 2020

For its 16th edition Screen Compositions brings you again without fail a collection of inspiring and inspired intersections of moving image with sonic art; a program of screen works representing dynamic two-way collaborations between video/film artists and sound/music artists specifically intended for single-channel projection with no live or performance component; featuring collaborations by: Benton Bainbridge / Barbara Held; Nathalie Bujold / Michel Langevin (Voivod); Alexandra Dementieva / Guy De Bièvre; Bradley Eros / Lea Bertucci; Muyassar Kurdi / Ka Baird; Katherine Liberovskaya / Phill Niblock; Geoff Matters / Mike Lerner; Eiichi Tosaki & Jutta Pryor / Hitomi Honda; Twin Automat (Irini Karayannopoulou+Sandrine Cheyrol) / Yannis Saxonis; Adriana Vila Guevara / Alfredo Costa Monteiro

Screen Compositions is freely viewable online for your enjoyment during isolation days.

Sprouts, Grapes, Artichokes is one of Benton C Bainbridge‘s earliest works made at Experimental TV Center, using Korg MS-20 with Dave Jones Sequencer and other custom video synths by Dave Jones Design.

Lord Knows Compost rehearses My President, My Nixon at The Farm in San Francisco, circa 1995.

“The most exuberantly live of all live video works are those by Stackable Thumb. Their events are more like concerts, or as they say, vaudeville shows, than video projections. Perhaps this reflects these artists’ relative analog bias. In performance, Valued Cu$tomer and Naval Cassidy perform manic actions, such as burning small objects or destroying them on a grinding machine. At the same time they use tiny Internet cameras to shoot close-ups of these actions, their own bodies, and a dizzying array of trash props. (Like Rosenzweig and Le Maitre, they jealously guard their garbage collection and bring it to each performance; this can cause problems at international borders.) The performance is already quite heady even before images are projected, and even includes an olfactory dimension when they burn plastic or grind dessicated citrus fruit. The resulting images are synthesized and mixed live using the aforementioned low-end synthesizers and wedding video switchers. At the same time music is mixed and performed live using a digital audio sampler. Images are projected behind the performers, so the audience has the choice whether to watch the artists producing them (for example, with a camera millimeters away from a melting honey bear or inside someone’s mouth) or to gaze at the bear’s curvy pastel silhouette, mixed on-screen with an exercise video, while hearing a feedback loop of polkas.” from “Live Video” by Laura U. Marks in The End of Cinema as We Know it: American Film in the Nineties by Jon Lewis pp 312-313

Right Right Now Now on Vh1 Hip Hop Honors is one of my favorite TV performances with Beastie Boys, using my “Radio Shack” gear to make “artMag”.