Thursday April 12 8PM | FREE! Poetic Algorithms / Performed Dualisms
Highline Loft | 508 West 26th Street, Loft 5G, NYC
Benton C Bainbridge joins Hans Tammen for a duo realtime media improvisation on analog synths for SVA MFA Computer Arts Poetic Algorithms reception
Also performing: Santiago Messier + Akaliko
The MFA Computer Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents Poetic Algorithms, an exhibition of videos and installations by first-year MFACA students. The exhibition will be on view from April 10 to April 12, 2018 at the Highline Loft 508 West 26th Street, between 10th & 11th Ave, Loft 5G, New York City.
Poetic Algorithms explores the possibilities of technology and how it impacts the way we see the world. In a world of constant motion, technology has become a key figure in how we experience our surroundings. It has helped us confront our problems but has also brought new issues to the table. Artists in this exhibition created works to examine these subjects by using a variety of media, including video, animation, projection mapping, and sculpture.
With the use of Processing and digital painting, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald explores the transformation from human to machine, with the center of that transformation being our phones. Through an interactive sculpture with filmed and animated components, Tiger Mackie meditates on America’s culture of mass production, and illustrates the vicious cycle of consumerism generated by capitalism. Dominick Bedasse reflects on the census data of prison populations within the United States with Processing elements.
Other artists in this exhibition include Ling Hsiu Tsai, Catherine Lee, Devan Worth, Doudou Liu, Hunny Dastur, Sakshi Jain, Santiago Messier, Xuchen Wang, and Yu Jian.
At this moment in The Bronx, snow’s falling on the blossoms at New York Botanical Garden. As winter thaws, I have several shows to beckon you out of your home. ~Benton C Bainbridge, April 2018, The Bronx
Gryphon Rue is back from London for a real-time media performance with Benton C Bainbridge. Gryphon plays musical saw through FX pedals while Benton makes live light drawings with Lisa Joy – Bainbridge’s lissajous instrument made from a modified antique videogame console. Here’s a teaser to get you ready for the show! Motion designer and live visual performer Akaliko adapts divergent processes, including hand-drawing and creative programming along with motion design strategies to make time-based media and interactive installations.
. Bainbridge/Clebs: Homemade Bread
Clebs debuts with an ethereal video directed by Benton C Bainbridge, portraying the duo as ghosts detected by malfunctioning surveillance systems. Weibel and Nazary were captured by specially enhanced cameras, then Bainbridge fed the duo through aura-enhancing devices that texture, colorize and warp to reveal their spirit energies. “…a glitchy wonder… ” -Paste Magazine
The media art installation and realtime performance work Pausa is a collaboration by Benton C Bainbridge and flutist / composer Barbara Held. Pausa is presented in dual format at L’Auditori: as an audiovisual concert with quadraphonic sound and as an AV installation on multiple channels. In Pausa, the synthesized images and acoustic and electronic sounds are also cross-patched as control signals between the video and audio systems. A binary pattern generator creates rhythms, generating timbral variations in the sampled live flute parts, as well as controlling layers of abstract forms in movement.
Pausa was developed in residencies at CultureHub and Andrew Freedman Home. The show in Sampler Series is supported by SVA MFA Computer Arts Department.
The exhibition of my video sculpture TRIGGERS wraps up its 6-month showing at Museum of Arts & Design. One Step Beyond continues its 11th Season at American Museum of Natural History. New online videos include details from Video Portraits at North of History and a new Saw & Synth collaboration with Gryphon Rue. ~Benton C Bainbridge, The Bronx
. ONE STEP BEYOND with DJ sets from Felix Da Housecat and Jovonn; media design by Benton C Bainbridge/Intersection Arts | Friday, March 16, 2018. 9 PM to 1 AM.
photo by Benton C Bainbridge: Toro Y Moi at #OneStepBeyond 26JAN18
. Benton C Bainbridge: TRIGGERS at Museum of Arts & Design
This is the final week of Sonic Arcade at Museum of Arts & Design. The sound art exhibition includes my video sculpture from 2000, TRIGGERS, selected by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe for inclusion in his gallery, “Subject to Gesture.” Exhibition continues through Sunday, February 25. photo by Paul Amitai: Benton C Bainbridge: TRIGGERS at Museum of Arts & Design (interaction view)
. Benton C Bainbridge: Contemporal Collage in CAAN’s JOURNEY IN THE WEST | Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music | February 24, 7 PM & February 25, 2 PM
Chinese Artist Alliance Nashville’s latest dance media performance features Bainbridge’s video painting. photo by Benton C Bainbridge: Contemporal Collage, 2015 (detail)
. Watch Benton C Bainbridge: Video Portraits at North of History
Details of my latest media artwork. Premier at North of History, NYC in group exhibition of Andrew Freedman Home Artists in Residence. Pictured: Gene Kaufman, Jennie West, Gabe Aiello, Valarie Irizarry, Walter Puryear, Elena Hall, Benton C Bainbridge, Noté Peter George, Xavier Figueroa, Steph Morton, Eli Coplan. photo by Benton C Bainbridge: Video Portraits at North of History, 2018 (detail – Jennie West)
. Watch Gryphon Rue & Benton C Bainbridge: Holocene Jitterbug
Gryphon Rue and I kicked off 2018 with a new video. Rue: musical saw, Suzu gong, voice & FX; Bainbridge: Lisa Joy (modified Vectrex and modular synth.) photo by Benton C Bainbridge: Holocene Jitterbug, 2018 (detail)
Happy holidays! I’m wrapping up a very productive year with two NYC exhibitions, a performance in Madrid and I’m offering art at several galleries and online markets. ~Benton C Bainbridge, The Bronx, 2017 holidays
Benton C Bainbridge CRT installations at The Artist Shop
The Artist Shop
900 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
4 or D train to Yankee Stadium
Daily from noon to 7 PM
November 25 through December 23
I am showing several media artworks ranging from affordable to institutional at this pop-up show curated by Noté Peter George:
Premieres include a new digital moving image artwork, Ululu Takete 4, as well as 5 singular prints from the ongoing Ululu Takete series of light drawings.
The most recent work is a study for a public art installation, Helping Hands for the Bronx River, which is offered as a single edition digital media file and its framed print.
Another recent work is Brother Islands (as told by “Tex”), an art book in an edition of 4 containing quotes from Bill Etra about his experiences in a homeless shelter, alongside painterly images from the ruins of an infamous quarantine island.
Making Waves 3, 2010, is another singular offering, a collage of slowmo water shot while hiking in Carmel Valley with my family.
The Portrait of Enayet Kabir #s 1-5, 2013, limited edition DVDs mark the beginning of my video portraiture works of the past half decade.
The earliest works include Pure Information, 2000, a VHS by my real-time media trio, NNeng, and Neculai Gaxiola, 2006, a collaboration with Nancy Meli Walker and V Owen Bush, which is offered as a limited edition DVD and as a 29-screen CRT installation.
My fellow Freedman Home Artists in Residence in this group show include Renee Cox, Meguru Yamaguchi, Gabriel Aiello, Alice Mizrachi, LuzeOne, Warren Smith, Jennie West, Natalie Collette Wood, Elena Hall, Carlos Mare, Adrian Kondratowicz and Valarie Irizarry.
Curator Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe selected TRIGGERS for his gallery within the museum-wide exhibit of sound art. In winter 2000 I couldn’t handle the icy streets on crutches, so me and my broken foot stayed in my studio, making videos for my friends while I couldn’t go out to socialize. Aaron Cantor macraméd the wires into a hand emitting lightning bolts and I designed a system to hold the 4.5 hours of time-based media art.
Barbara Held and Benton C Bainbridge: Dissecting Flame (study for Pausa – installation view)
Barbara Held & Benton C Bainbridge:Pausa
at XXIV Festival Internacional de Arte Sonoro y Música Electroacústica “Punto de Encuentro”
30º Aniversario de la AMEE
Saturday, December 9, 2017
As I write this post, Barbara Held is performing our ongoing realtime media artwork / installation, Pausa, at Medialab-Prado. We developed this work in 2017, premiering at Harvestworks, followed by performances and exhibitions in St. Paul and St. Cloud, MN, curated by Godfre Leung at Studio Z and Kiehle Gallery. Soon, Barbara and I will develop the next version of Pausa in a micro-residency at CultureHub. Watch out for announcements of our 2018 exhibitions in Canada, and in Spain, including offerings by Juan Naranjo Gallery in Barcelona.
V Owen Bush, Nancy Meli Walker, Benton C Bainbridge: Neculai Gaxiola, 2006 (installation view)
This fall, I have three works on exhibit in NYC, including the restoration of my video sculpture from 2000: TRIGGERS at Museum of Arts & Design. My new videos online include a 12-hour network media jam in tribute to Bill Etra and recent Saw & Synth performances with Gryphon Rue. My new series, Ululu Takete, is available in print from Saatchi Art Online. ~Benton C Bainbridge, The Bronx
Ululu Takete is a new series made with Lisa Joy: a modified video game console, driven by modular synthesizers to create calligraphic light drawings. Five looping videos show in Electric Encounters: a survey of SVA MFA Computer Arts faculty and alumni.
My video sculpture from 2000 contains five dozen analog synthesized abstract videos. TRIGGERS has not been exhibited since 2003; I’m thrilled it was selected by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe for inclusion in his gallery of sound art and synths at MADmuseum.
State Property examines American consumerism of prison labor and our daily choices to purchase, condone or reject goods created in penitentiaries. Two works from my series Brother Islands are at Swing Space: a video landscape of the abandoned quarantine at North Brother Island, accompanied by a book of quotes from Bill Etra telling of his experiences in a homeless shelter on Ward’s Island.
NEW VIDEO ONLINE:
Global Groove 2: Dancing on the Event Horizon for Bill Etra October 7, 2017
I co-organized, curated, directed and hosted a networked A/V jam to celebrate the life and creativity of William “Bill” Etra. Realtime media performing artists in New York City performed solo and collaborated with each other in the room; media performers around the world joined in via CultureHub’s Live Lab intermedia software. The 12-hour program is archived at the link above; check the timestamp Comment so you can jump to your favorite work and stories about Bill.
Gryphon Rue & Benton C Bainbridge live at Barcid Gallery, Andrew Freedman Home (2017)
Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge perform real-time media with bowed singing saw and Lisa Joy: a modified game console driven by signals from modular synthesizers. This video was shot in my residency at Andrew Freedman Home.
Gryphon Rue & Benton C Bainbridge live at Symbol Rush, September 20, 2017
Gryphon Rue & Benton C Bainbridge live Saw & Synth performance for Symbol Rush at Outlaw Art Gallery. This work was developed in residency at Public Works Department, Governors Island, Nolan Park.
NNeng was the realtime media performance trio of Benton C Bainbridge, Brian Moran and Nancy Meli Walker. Pure Information is a VHS release from 2000 with recordings from our live shows around New York. These works are from the late pre-laptop era; the abstract visual music improvisations were made with found objects and an assortment of video hardware including video stitchers and spy cameras.
The Vertical Hi-Way is a limited edition VHS release from 2000, which collects realtime analog modular synth sessions by my trio, NNeng. In residency at Experimental TV Center, Nancy Meli Walker, Brian Moran and myself patched custom Video Synths by Dave Jones, cross-connecting control voltage between us so that our live knob wiggling would interfere with each others’ systems.
LATER THIS FALL: Hans Tammen & Dark Circuits Orchestra: CROSSING THE LAGRANGIAN POINT
Thursday, November 30th, 8pm
Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens
with Michael Vorfeld, ChiKa, Benton C Bainbridge, James Yuxi Cao, MSHR (Birch Cooper & Brenna Murphy), Dafna Naphtali, Eric Drasin, Jonas Bers, Matthew Ostrowski, Daniel Neumann (spatialist) and Hans Tammen (concept, composing, conducting)
This summer I’m working on solo and collaborative projects in NYC residencies in The Bronx and on Governor’s Island.
Benton C Bainbridge: “Double Mirror” with Ashara Renfroe. (WIP installation view)
– I’ve moved in to my new Bronx studio at Andrew Freedman Home. I join an amazing group of artists, entrepreneurs and activists in this revitalized mansion on the Grand Concourse. I’ll be making video portraits of the community centered around AFH – contact me to schedule a visit!
Benton C Bainbridge #PERSIST  generative media, WIP installation view
– 26JUL17 through 30AUG17 Xavier Figueroa, Benton C Bainbridge Meeting Point at Andrew Freedman Home. I’m showing solo and collaborative media art in the AFH Barcid Gallery. The works include my generative video synth installation #PERSIST, Double Mirror, an interactive portraiture installation, my lenticular collaboration with Jeff Carpenter Just A Sec and a new collaboration with Xavier Figueroa.
Benton C Bainbridge: “New Year, New Forms (Mae West Lips)”  detail of digital media
Benton C Bainbridge: “Lisa Joy (W)” at Creative Tech Week Arts Hub
– Lisa Joy (W) was included in “Stronger Together” a group exhibit for Creative Technology Week Arts Hub. My generative light drawing object was shown alongside art by Seth Cluett, Carla Gannis, Blake Marques Carrington, Ursula Endlicher, Eric Corriel, and other prominent NYC artists working with media and computer technology. Here’s a review and photos, highlighting Lisa Joy.
Benton C Bainbridge: “BCB in a Suitcase”, A/V synth performance
– My solo Video Synth set was featured in the Confetti Machine festival of realtime media performance art.
“Yemaya” fashion media performance at One Step Beyond by Yelaine Rodriguez with Dada Coz, Melanie Gonzalez, Benton C Bainbridge, Enayet Kabir
– On June 9 we wrapped Season 10 of One Step Beyond at American Museum of Natural History with a special media and fashion performance with Yelaine Rodriguez. Yemaya featured Yelaine’s light reflecting tribute to the water Orisha, performed by Dada Coz with projections by Melanie Gonzalez. I image processed the live feed onto the screens throughout the Hall of the Universe, with guest remix performance by Enayet Kabir.
Benton C Bainbridge modular synth setup for performance with Gryphon Rue at Commend NYC
Barbara Held / Benton C Bainbridge “Pausa”  installation view
– From June 15 through July 15, my collaborator Barbara Held and I contributed Pausa, generative audiovisual media art made with custom software and hardware, to the sound art group exhibition Ruidos, silencio, acciones, poesía, música experimental y arte sonoro, 1950-2017 at Juan Naranjo Gallery in Barcelona, Spain. The show included work by John Cage, Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Walter Marchetti, Tacita Dean, Ana Solano, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Brian Eno, Robert Ashley, Bob Wilson, La fura dels Baus and Marcel.lí Antúnez.
Wishing you and yours a happy Summer 2017!
Benton C Bainbridge
ONE STEP BEYOND with TOKiMONSTA, Obey City, and Photay | Friday, June 9, 2017, American Museum of Natural History. 9 PM to 1 AM
Season 10 concludes as TOKiMONSTA rings out a year of sold-out nights in the Hall of the Universe. Intersection Arts has a few surprises planned, check back for an announcement about our special guests…
Other News: AIR at AFH
Benton C Bainbridge has been granted an Artist In Residence studio at Andrew Freedman Home. Benton will offer video portraiture sessions to visitors (schedule TBA) and exhibit the works throughout the immense building. The media art portraits will explore diverse techniques and employ a range of imaging tools, ranging from salvaged analog gear to custom code. As a body of work, these groundbreaking portraits will capture this unique space and time on the Grand Concourse and the community which orbits around the Home.
Gryphon Rue & Benton C Bainbridge
Announcing a new realtime media collaboration:
Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge perform respectively with bowed singing saw and Lisa Joy interactive objects, built from antique Vectrex game consoles which have been modified to accept signals from small modular synthesizers. Bainbridge’s Eurorack synths generate dynamically evolving oscillations from the interconnected modules. The voltages generated by this analog system are patched into the horizontal, vertical and brightness inputs of the vector display screen. Together, the synth and CRT form an instrument for generating electronic calligraphy. These instruments are manipulated in realtime by Bainbridge to shape oscillating voltages into squiggly lines, sinuous shapes and jagged abstractions along with their synchronous sounds, by turns raw or soothing. Rue plays saw in an atypical manner to invoke the instrument’s uncanny voice, capable of deceiving the ear with alternately anthropomorphic and electronic timbres. Rue aims to provide audiences a sense of wonder and suspended disbelief, and as a byproduct of pure and electronically treated saw frequencies, to induce Flow State, an increase in alpha wave activity manifest as a sense of complete absorption. Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge premiere performance
Recently: Ethereal Summit | Friday, May 19 • Registration 8:30am | Conference 9:30am
501 Union St, Brooklyn, NY
Bainbridge moderates the “Creators First: Art Distribution Re-Imagined for Web 3.0” panel at the Ethereal Summit in Brooklyn. Find out how artists and filmmakers are turning to breakthrough technologies to cut out the middleman and regain ownership over the creative process. Panelists include founders and users of innovative platforms that allow creators to connect with their fans and communities more intimately and directly than ever before. Lisa Joy (W) will be on exhibit. Ethereal is a culture-focused blockchain event that brings innovators in the fields of governance, impact, sustainability, community building, arts and media together with experts in exponential technologies. The day will include art installations, virtual reality experiences, keynote speakers, and panels featuring some of the most prominent names in blockchain and beyond. Discover the technologies and innovators that are ushering in the next generation of the internet, and catalyzing our transition into a decentralized world.
Lisa Joy (W) in Creative Tech Week Arts Hub
My light-drawing sculpture Lisa Joy (W) showed in a group media art exhibit in NYC at Stronger Together: Creative Tech Week, NYC Arts Hub
52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378
On May 12-13, a joint exhibition featuring software and electronic art by faculty and alumni of computer art departments of nine area universities was mounted for the first time ever in New York City.
The two-day exhibit, Stronger Together, included a selection of electronic music performances and free Maker workshops teaching 3D printing and modeling as well as DIY electronics assembly and programming. Produced by Leaders in Software and Art (LISA) for Creative Tech Week in conjunction with Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, the exhibit celebrated the explosion of technology onto the global art and music scene and highlighted the leaders at our educational epicenters for technological innovation in the arts.
Benton C Bainbridge & Gryphon Rue perform together for the first time this Thursday at The Sump in Queens, NYC. Benton plays Lisa Joy (W), making lissajous light drawings. Gryphon plays musical saw and FX pedals.
Catch Bainbridge playing Lisa Joy before upcoming exhibitions with Ethereal and Creative Tech Week.