In the second night of Mixology Festival 2020: Psychedelia, Roulette presents the experimental cinema and sounds of media art duo Rue Bainbridge (Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge) and multimedia artist Lary 7.
The sound and light duo Rue Bainbridge create a space for collective dreaming, where quirks of human hand and electricity spawn impressions of nature and abstract language. Bainbridge uses a hacked game console, driven by custom video synthesizers, to generate light drawings. For Rue, these drawings become a kind of score for electro-acoustic soundscapes produced with a singing saw. Perception shifts as images and sounds contrast with one another or momentarily harmonize in a zone of concentrated intricacy.
Rue Bainbridge is the first recipient of the Nam June Paik and Shigeko Kubota Video Art prize (2019). Rue Bainbridge have been presented by Hauser & Wirth, The Hepworth Wakefield, Foreign Domestic, Center for Visual Music, Public Works at Governor’s Island, Andrew Freedman Home, and Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation. Projects are realized as immersive audiovisual performances, yielding single-channel artworks with decentralized provenance.
Juggling arcane technologies on the edge between function and freefall, Lary 7 is a multimedia artist who coaxes profane, inscrutable sounds and images from various mysterious devices. Eschewing the digital, his work mainly features vintage and forgotten electronic instruments and technologies. Lary has worked with diverse artists including Jimi Tenor, Jarboe, Foetus, Tony Conrad, Alexander Hacke, Larry Mullins, Dorit Chrysler, Bernhard Gal, Jacob Kirkegaard, Gen Ken Montgomery, and Gordon Monahan.
Presented as part of Mixology Festival 2020: Psychedelia—music and media performances that revisit and restore the virtues of visceral imagination in the form of enlightened vision, sonic illusions, collective synesthesia, and transformative grooving. Moving beyond the cliches of drug culture fabrications, the festival seeks to induce sustainable euphoria. Curated by David Weinstein.
Roulette’s Mixology Festival focuses on new and unusual uses of technology in music and media arts. Programmed by a rotating cast of artist/curators with a collectively unorthodox perspective, the Festival has, since 1991, boldly embraced both the successes and struggles of gadgets in the service of innovation.
About Rue Bainbridge
Rue Bainbridge, the media art duo comprised of Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge, explores the intersection of expanded cinema with experimental music in relation to specific sites and audiences. Their work can be viewed as a live conversation between a sound artist and video artist. The project has been supported with residencies at spaces in transition: an Italianate palazzo that housed formerly wealthy seniors, an 18th century hotel favored by rock stars, and an officer’s house on a former military island. Rue Bainbridge have been presented by Foreign Domestic, Center for Visual Music, Public Works Department at Governor’s Island, and Hauser & Wirth L.A. Projects are realized as immersive audiovisual performances in custom installations, and yield single channel artworks with decentralized provenance.
Gryphon Rue (saw, vocals, percussion, FX) is a sound experimentalist, composer-performer, and curator in the field of audiovisual culture. Benton C Bainbridge (Lisa Joy video synthesizer) is a media artist working with custom digital, analog, and optical systems of his own design.
2019. Rue Bainbridge is the inaugural recipient of the Nam June Paik and
Shigeko Kubota Video Art prize
2020. Roulette Mixology Festival (New York)
2019. Pace Gallery (New York), The Hepworth Wakefield (Wakefield, England),
Hauser & Wirth (Los Angeles)
2018. Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation (New York), Averard Hotel
(London), SET (London)
2017. Public Works at Governor’s Island (New York), Andrew Freedman Home
(New York), HOLO (New York), Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum (New
2018. Center for Visual Music (Sonoma State University)
2019. CultureHub (New York)
2018. PublicWorks at Governors Island (New York)
2017-2020. Andrew Freedman Home (Bronx)
Holzer, Derek. Vector Synthesis: a Media Archaeological Investigation into
Sound-Modulated Light, 65. Helsinki: Macumbista, 2019.