Year of the Horse: 2014 Highlights

By December 24, 2014 Uncategorized

I’m a Horse, so 2014 was an intensely creative year for me. I’m so grateful to my friends, family, patrons and collaborators: you are all in this work. Here are my favorite projects of the year.

31JAN • DIGITAL BUDDHA AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

DIGITAL BUDDHA: Joel Cadman, Benton C Bainbridge, Jin Hi Kim, Gerry Hemingway onstage at The Met.

DIGITAL BUDDHA: Joel Cadman, Benton C Bainbridge, Jin Hi Kim, Gerry Hemingway onstage at The Met.

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”

Watch “Digital Buddha” at The Met

04FEB • MINOR ME PREMIERES

MINOR ME: Michael J. Schumacher falls into his own head.

MINOR ME: Michael J. Schumacher falls into his own head.

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.

Experimental Epicness: Interview with diNMachine

21FEB • TNT LAUNCHES AT OZ NASHVILLE

ILLUMINATE PARIS: "Even when you're not here, your presence always haunts me."

ILLUMINATE PARIS: “Even when you’re not here, your presence always haunts me.”

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.

A peek at OZ TNT: “Illuminate Paris”

06MAR • THE NECK IS A BRIDGE TO THE BODY PREMIERES

THE NECK IS A BRIDGE TO THE BODY: Opening Scene.

THE NECK IS A BRIDGE TO THE BODY: Opening Scene.

“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.

“STUNNING VISUALS” – Berkeley B-Side

Watch the trailer

24-30APR: MY FIRST SIGNAL CULTURE RESIDENCY

SIGNAL CULTURE: Benton C Bainbridge taking a break from patching code to patch cables.

SIGNAL CULTURE: Benton C Bainbridge taking a break from patching code to patch cables.

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.

Hyperallergic on Signal Culture

09-12MAY • PICTURING YOU AT DB LOUNGE, FRIEZE ART FAIR, NY

PICTURING YOU: in the DB Lounge (installation view at Frieze Art Fair, NY). Left: unknown, Right: Patricia Jones, Executive Director of Eyebeam

PICTURING YOU: in the DB Lounge (installation view at Frieze Art Fair, NY). Left: unknown, Right: Patricia Jones, Executive Director of Eyebeam

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.

PICTURING YOU: "Chris A." (detail)

PICTURING YOU: “Chris A.” (detail)

05JUN • EYEBEAM’S HOR|ZON

HOR|ZON: Dissolving the ceiling as Eyebeam departs Chelsea. (photo by Christine Butler)

HOR|ZON: Dissolving the ceiling as Eyebeam departs Chelsea. (photo by Christine Butler)

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.

HOR|ZON: Sofy Yuditskaya & Benton C Bainbridge, lasers & video feedback

HOR|ZON: Sofy Yuditskaya & Benton C Bainbridge, lasers & video feedback

20JUN • 1SB WRAPS SEASON 7  ||  14NOV • 1SB LAUNCHES SEASON 8

ONE STEP BEYOND: lasers dance above Questlove in the Hall of the Universe

ONE STEP BEYOND: lasers dance above Questlove in the Hall of the Universe

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.

Watch 20JUN14 1SB

Get your tickets for 09JAN15 before they sell out

14SEP • MINING GEMS AT CULTUREHUB

GEMS: Synthesizing a/v with Eurorack modules

GEMS: Synthesizing a/v with Eurorack modules

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’.

Watch a rehearsal of GEMS 

20SEP14-11JAN15 • PERFORMING MEDIA AT EVERSON MUSEUM OF ART

PICTURING YOU: Installation view at "Performing Media."

PICTURING YOU: Installation view at “Performing Media.”

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.

Everson’s “Performing Media” exhibit info page

10OCT • ATOMSVILLE AT PROJECT! WORLD’S FAIR

ATOMSVILLE: Lissajous orbits on the facade of the Great Hall

ATOMSVILLE: Lissajous orbits on the facade of the Great Hall

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.

“Atomsville” lissajous iPad app controlling oscilloscope and laser

ONGOING • PROJECTION MAPPING QUAN YIN

QUAN YIN: Arming the Goddess of Compassion with laser beams

QUAN YIN: Arming the Goddess of Compassion with laser beams

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.

Quan Yin wishes you Compassionate Holidays

FALL • GHOST KOMUNGOBOT SESSIONS

GHOST KOMUNGOBOT: Call and response

GHOST KOMUNGOBOT: Call and response

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.

Here’s our first study

14DEC • GENERATOR AT MOMA PS1

GENERATOR: Charles Cohen & Benton C Bainbridge in the MoMA PS1 dome.

GENERATOR: Charles Cohen & Benton C Bainbridge in the MoMA PS1 dome.

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.

Watch Charles Cohen and Benton C Bainbridge at “Underground: an indefinite community?”

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