“Benton fingerpaints with video.” – Trilby Schreiber
BENTON C BAINBRIDGE (Bronx, USA) creates media artworks, audiovisual performances, and site-specific installations with handcrafted AV systems. Benton is best known as a pioneer of realtime media; he makes moving images in the “visual music” genre of cinema, playing his movies in public at live shows and in his studio practice. Bainbridge’s “high touch” take on tech art yields handmade pixel paintings which alternate between abstraction and heavily processed camera imagery.
Benton collaborates with a wide range of artists, including media art design and performance for two Beastie Boys world tours, analog video synthesizer FX for TV On The Radio’s Staring at the Sun music video, and Whitney Museum’s best-attended live event with video ensemble The Poool.
Current projects include the AV improv duo Rue Bainbridge, in which Bainbridge plays custom synths to generate electric calligraphy on a hacked game console. These light patterns become a score for Gryphon Rue’s musical saw & FX pedals. Recent shows include Pace Gallery (NYC), Hepworth Wakefield Museum (in Yorkshire, U.K.) and Hauser & Wirth (L.A.) Rue Bainbridge is the first recipient of the Nam June Paik and Shigeko Kubota Video Art prize (2019).
For most of 2019, Barbara Held & Benton C Bainbridge exhibited generative media artwork at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León in Spain. Benton C Bainbridge’s studio, Intersection Arts, designed media art for 11 seasons of One Step Beyond at American Museum of Natural History.
Benton C Bainbridge is Artist in Residence at Andrew Freedman Home, where he is developing Decentralus: a decentralization lab for the Bronx community. Bainbridge exhibited at Dak’art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal along with fellow artists in the AFH|AIR program and showed video sculptures and moving paintings with the sold-out AFH / MoMA PopRally immersive co-production, Beauteous.
Bainbridge teaches New Forms in Media at School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts Department.
Bainbridge’s work has shown on 6 continents, at Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, Museum of the Moving Image, American Museum of Natural History, The Kitchen, Frieze Art Fair (NYC), EMPAC (Troy, NY), SFMoMA (San Francisco), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Boston Cyberarts Festival, l’Auditori (Barcelona), LUX2006 (Sevilla), Fundación Juan March (Madrid), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Wien Moderne (Vienna), Inventionen (Berlin), Teatro Colón CETC (Buenos Aires), CELCIT (Managua), International Horticultural Expo (Xi’an, China), Korean Festival (Seoul), Good Vibrations (Australia), Dak’art (Dakar), and MTV Networks (global).