Rue Bainbridge in Vector Hack Festival

Rue Bainbridge premieres a new work at Vector Hack Festival, taking place this weekend in Croatia and streaming online!

A frame from Rue Bainbridge: Iner Plats

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Rue Bainbridge: Iner Plats, 2020

Constellations in Motion, Hiding in Plain Light

To look at the night sky, you’d never know we’re in the midst of pandemic. City lights blaze—and music blasts—in defiance of death. The light pollution blots out all but the brightest objects. Ray said, “We should declare a holiday from light.”

Bicycling through the revelry in The Bronx with Raison Rivas, we saw two bright beacons in the sky; so bright, I thought they were planets. My phone taught us that both are part of Ophiuchus, actually binary stars, and close – Sabik is only 88 light years away, Yed Prior, 171. 

Gryphon Rue and I discuss what we see in our work – what does it evoke, what did we invoke? Looking back at this AV improvisation with a half-year’s hindsight, we can see the moving constellations that were hiding in the light. Windstorms, sonar, insects, atoms/particles; above all, a space dreydl dominates the inner and outer space that we experience in this work. In Yiddish, “outer space” is oysveynixt plats; “inner space” is iner plats. We’re spinning the space dreydl to celebrate the miracle of speeding light particles that time does not extinguish. 

Vector Hack Festival is dedicated to experimental vector graphics. Large parts of the program will be available online via webstream at www.youtube.com/c/VectorHackFestival/.

Vector Hack Festival will feature researchers, developers, and performers from around the world as well as from the strong regional scene of Italy, Austria and Croatia. This unique combination of community meeting, conference, and international arts festival will again bring together practitioners in the field of laser and oscilloscope art for talks, workshops and live performances. It is a chance to experience audiovisual works which employ unusual, analog, and sometimes obsolete display technologies, and to bathe your eyes in a different kind of light. Experimental vector graphics artists use lasers, analog oscilloscopes, old video game consoles, mechanical drawing machines, and other equipment to produce images using an X, Y, and Z coordinate system. They often feed these display devices with elaborate handmade electronic synthesizers, complex custom-made software, or other experimental instruments of their own design. The resultant images are sinuous, intensely energetic, and radically different from what’s seen on a digital screen!

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“Lisa Joy” – Benton C Bainbridge’s light drawing instrument used to make Iner Plats

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Rue Bainbridge setup at Roulette Intermedium, NYC. Photo: Chris Jordan