Benton C Bainbridge’s Picturing You is an interactive installation allowing visitors to create painterly video portraits using touch screen tablets.
A single-screen installation of Picturing You was presented in the group exhibition “Performing Media: Works by Signal Culture Artists” at Everson Museum of Art from September 20, 2014 to January 11, 2015. Over 350 self- and group-portraits were recorded by participants—including about 1500 fifth graders from Syracuse City schools—made their portraits with the interactive artwork, including Signal Culture alumni Philip Stearns, Andrew Deutsch, Colleen Keough, LoVid, and Eric Souther.
The “Performing Media” exhibition highlighted work which was made through a performative process with media art.
The artists in Performing Media all were among the first artists in residence at Signal Culture in Owego, NY. Signal Culture was founded in 2012 by Jason Bernagozzi, Debora Bernagozzi, and Hank Rudolph, to create an environment where those contributing to the field of experimental media art would have time and space to make new work and to interact with one another.
The studio has both real time analog and digital image and sound processing equipment, custom made hardware and software, a variety of interactive interfaces and alternative imaging devices in a modular format – encouraging artists to play and engage with tools and with making in a real time, performative manner. The real time nature of the system means that the creation process is more physical and interactive, a performance with the tools, leading to the emergence of work and techniques which would not have been possible in a more traditional capture and edit setup.
This exhibition was made possible in part by M&T Bank, The Blanck Family Foundation, Bond Schoeneck & King, Cannon Pools and Spas, Destiny USA, First Niagara, Dietz Designs, The George L. Wladis Companies, Haylor, Fryer and Coon, J.M. McDonald Foundation, Lockheed Martin, The Peddler Foundation, SRC, Inc., Michael and Valerie Clarke, Patricia J. Numann, MD, David and Nancy Ridings, Louise Rosenfield, Jack and Stephanie Rudnick, Tonia M. and Robert B. Salisbury, Dr. Paul E. Phillips and Sharon Sullivan, and Catherine J. Winger.