Benton C Bainbridge will join a panel about decentralization and art and will premiere a new media artwork with longtime collaborator Nalepa at the first Abuja Art Week, this weekend in Nigeria.
Bainbridge was invited by Naija Tech Creatives: a Nigeria-based platform for creatives interested in the intersection between art and technology.
Saturday, November 9, Bainbridge joins a panel moderated by Ihu Anyanwu (Founder of Abuja Art Week), and including Walter E. Puryear (Director of Andrew Freedman Home), Fanny Lakoubay (blockchain and art market consultant), and Nigerian artists and culture workers Tobi Marho (Saros VR) and Ndu White.
Panel: Immaterial Culture Networks: Blockchain & Digital Art
Panelists: Tobi Marho (Saros VR), Ndu White, Walter E. Puryear, Fanny Lakoubay, Benton C Bainbridge and more t.b.a (Saturday November 9th, 6pm)
On Sunday, November 10, Nalepa x Bainbridge returns with a maximally minimal new video painting and electronic sound artwork, Sleepy Eyes.
Sleepy Eyes, 2019 [HD Digital Video, 7:20] is the first single off of the new Nalepa album Thoughtforms. Benton C Bainbridge has created a mesmerizing visual to accompany the music, utilizing modular video synth prototypes from Dave Jones. Together, the music and video evoke states of mind at the threshold of consciousness: subdued yet ecstatic. Bainbridge illuminates, “you know when there are clean sheets on the bed, the fresh air is gently blowing over you as the sheets lay lightly upon your body, and then you get a muted fuzzy buzzy happy feeling, as you start rolling down the path to dreamland? That’s what I hear in the music and the soporific aliveness I wanted to come across in the video.”
The pair have previously collaborated on videos for Flatlands, 2007 (with David Last), and Daytime, 2012 (with V Owen Bush).
Exhibition & Full Program:
Date: Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Time: 2pm – 8pm
Venue: Abuja Art Week Headquarters, Discovery Mall, 215 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent After AP Plaza Wuse 2, Abuja.
Gate Fee: N1000
The official release day for Sleepy Eyes on Spotify, iTunes, etc., is November 20.