31JAN • DIGITAL BUDDHA AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Jin Hi Kim transforms the komungo with digital processing. Jin Hi presents her concert “Digital Buddha” on stages around the world with my projections. On the first day of the Year of the Horse, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted us in conjunction with “Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom”
04FEB • MINOR ME PREMIERES
diNMachine is a rock band formed by an experimental electronic composer. To capture their densely layered performance, I shot each musician with a depth camera and rendered them as distorted 3D models in a digital Cubist canvas.
21FEB • TNT LAUNCHES AT OZ NASHVILLE
The very first “Thursday Night Thing” at Nashville’s newest artspace turned out to be a Tornado Night Thing. Friday was storm-free, so Chancellor Warhol performed tracks from “Paris Is Burning” while Jonathon Kingsbury triggered lights with music sequencing software and I mixed fragmented images onto 10 LED tiles.
06MAR • THE NECK IS A BRIDGE TO THE BODY PREMIERES
“The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” was created-in-residence and premiered at the newly renovated BRIC Arts Media House. For my last major project with Glowing Pictures, we designed projections to interact with and immerse Kaki King and her guitar. Beth Wexler will perform the Glowing Pictures visuals score as The Neck hits the road beginning in January, 2015.
24-30APR: MY FIRST SIGNAL CULTURE RESIDENCY
Signal Culture is a new media art center that offers residencies to artists, tool-makers and researchers in Owego, NY. I was lucky to be one of the first residents. I spent a week developing my interactive installation “Picturing You”, with breaks from coding to indulge my love of analog audiovisual synthesis on classic gear by Bill Hearn, Dave Jones and Serge Tcherepnin.
09-12MAY • PICTURING YOU AT DB LOUNGE, FRIEZE ART FAIR, NY
Liz Christensen from Deutsche Bank commissioned a 2-channel version of “Picturing You” for Frieze Art Fair, New York. DB Lounge guests made their own image-processed portrayals to join the collection of portraits on the wall.
05JUN • EYEBEAM’S HOR|ZON
For Eyebeam‘s final event in Chelsea, I conceived an installation that would demarcate, then dissolve that big, raw industrial box. My collaborator Sofy Yuditskaya and I integrated laser and video projections for painterly distortions of the room and “portals” that beckoned Eyebeam to Brooklyn.
20JUN • 1SB WRAPS SEASON 7 || 14NOV • 1SB LAUNCHES SEASON 8
The 7th Season of “One Step Beyond” at American Museum of Natural History wrapped in June with Martinez Brothers. Kicking off Season 8, Questlove spun for a sold-out house in November. My media art has evolved to include more interactive laser and video installations. #1SB #S8 continues in 2015 with Louie Vega and Duane Harriott January 9.
14SEP • MINING GEMS AT CULTUREHUB
I got hooked on synthesizers as a teen. I studied analog video synthesis in residencies at Experimental Television Centerfrom 1989 until its closing a few years ago. Now, Eurorack modules from Dave Jones and LZX allow for portable visual performance rigs. I built a suitcase system this summer and made “Gems” with it, in my studio and in public at CultureHub for ‘Improvised Electronics Round Robin’ and Everson Museum of Art for ‘Performing Media’.
20SEP14-11JAN15 • PERFORMING MEDIA AT EVERSON MUSEUM OF ART
Over 300 portraits have been made with my video portraiture artwork at “Performing Media: Works by Signal Culture Artists in Residence.” You can make yours through January 11, 2015.
10OCT • ATOMSVILLE AT PROJECT! WORLD’S FAIR
The 1964-65 World’s Fair gave birth to the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). Liz Slagus commissioned an interactive artwork, combining my iPad app with Norman Ballard‘s laser to make colorful “atoms” on the site of the original Atomsville.
ONGOING • PROJECTION MAPPING QUAN YIN
Quan Yin is the Chinese Goddess of Compassion. I’m often commissioned to make custom projection mapped media art to adorn Tao Downtown‘s 16’ tall statue. This month I made 3 vignettes which synchronized video with 11 lasers attached to Quan Yin’s arms.
FALL • GHOST KOMUNGOBOT SESSIONS
My latest project is a new collaboration with Jin Hi Kim, joined by Alex Noyes. Together we’re creating an electronic ‘ghost’ that responds to Kim’s playing with generative sound and image.
14DEC • GENERATOR AT MOMA PS1
As a young artist in NYC I hung out at Gen Ken Montgomery‘s Generator, a small storefront in the East Village for “sound art”, media installations and performances. Now, Sound Art can be heard in major museums, and Buchla synth master Charles Cohen enjoys global recognition. MoMA PS1 artist-collective-in-residence ALLGOLD invited Ken to “pop up” a Generator shop; I joined Ken and Sean Julian with The Enchantress of Bioluminosity and then Charles for performances in the dome, playing a modular synthesizer feeding a 2W RGB laser with a prototype ILDA module from LZX.
I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had, the generous patrons, the support of public and private arts institutions, and the talented artists I’ve been lucky to call my collaborators.
I am proud of nearly 10 years work I made at Glowing Pictures with my partner V Owen Bush. I’ve left Glowing Pictures to focus on my own artwork. I’m excited to see where Owen takes Glowing Pictures in the coming year.
As for next year, I’d just like to share one piece of news for now; in January I will start teaching “New Forms in Video” at School of Visual Art‘s MFA Computer Arts Department.
I wish you happy and safe holidays. See you in 2015! ~Benton C Bainbridge