Benton C Bainbridge: Fall 2017 Update

This fall, I have three works on exhibit in NYC, including the restoration of my video sculpture from 2000: TRIGGERS at Museum of Arts & Design. My new videos online include a 12-hour network media jam in tribute to Bill Etra and recent Saw & Synth performances with Gryphon Rue. My new series, Ululu Takete, is available in print from Saatchi Art Online. ~Benton C Bainbridge, The Bronx
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Benton C Bainbridge: Ululu Takete - testing new series
Benton C Bainbridge: Ululu Takete, 2017, in Electric Encounters
Saturday, October 21 – Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Reception: Thursday, October 26, 6:00 – 8:00pm
SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133 West 21st Street, NYC

Ululu Takete is a new series made with Lisa Joy: a modified video game console, driven by modular synthesizers to create calligraphic light drawings. Five looping videos show in Electric Encounters: a survey of SVA MFA Computer Arts faculty and alumni.
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TRIGGERS at Sonic Arcade, Museum of Arts & Design (installation view)
Benton C Bainbridge (with sculptural object by Aaron Cantor): TRIGGERS, 2000 in Sonic Arcade: Subject to Gesture
September 14, 2017 – February 25, 2018
Museum of Arts & Design, Columbus Circle, NYC

My video sculpture from 2000 contains five dozen analog synthesized abstract videos. TRIGGERS has not been exhibited since 2003; I’m thrilled it was selected by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe for inclusion in his gallery of sound art and synths at MADmuseum.
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Benton C Bainbridge: Brother Islands at State Property
Benton C Bainbridge: Brother Islands (from Quarantine to Sanctuary), 2014 and Benton C Bainbridge (with Bill Etra): Brother Islands (As Told By “Tex”), 2017 in State Property
Through November 20, 2017
Swing Space, 900 Grand Concourse, The Bronx

State Property examines American consumerism of prison labor and our daily choices to purchase, condone or reject goods created in penitentiaries. Two works from my series Brother Islands are at Swing Space: a video landscape of the abandoned quarantine at North Brother Island, accompanied by a book of quotes from Bill Etra telling of his experiences in a homeless shelter on Ward’s Island.
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NEW VIDEO ONLINE:

Global Groove 2: Dancing on the Event Horizon for Bill Etra October 7, 2017

I co-organized, curated, directed and hosted a networked A/V jam to celebrate the life and creativity of William “Bill” Etra. Realtime media performing artists in New York City performed solo and collaborated with each other in the room; media performers around the world joined in via CultureHub’s Live Lab intermedia software. The 12-hour program is archived at the link above; check the timestamp Comment so you can jump to your favorite work and stories about Bill.
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Gryphon Rue & Benton C Bainbridge live at Barcid Gallery, Andrew Freedman Home (2017)

Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge perform real-time media with bowed singing saw and Lisa Joy: a modified game console driven by signals from modular synthesizers. This video was shot in my residency at Andrew Freedman Home.
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Gryphon Rue & Benton C Bainbridge live at Symbol Rush, September 20, 2017

Gryphon Rue & Benton C Bainbridge live Saw & Synth performance for Symbol Rush at Outlaw Art Gallery. This work was developed in residency at Public Works Department, Governors Island, Nolan Park.
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LIMITED AVAILABILITY:
Benton C Bainbridge: Ululu Takete 1 (e)
Benton C Bainbridge: Ululu Takete 1, 2017 collection available at Saatchi Art Online

Digital prints of frames selected from the light drawing Ululu Takete 1, which may be seen in the Electric Encounters exhibition listed above.
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NNeng: Pure Information
NNeng: Pure Information VHS NTSC Realtime Media Performance video art

NNeng was the realtime media performance trio of Benton C Bainbridge, Brian Moran and Nancy Meli Walker. Pure Information is a VHS release from 2000 with recordings from our live shows around New York. These works are from the late pre-laptop era; the abstract visual music improvisations were made with found objects and an assortment of video hardware including video stitchers and spy cameras.
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NNeng: The Vertical Hi-Way
NNeng: The Vertical Hi-Way NTSC VHS analog video synth Experimental TV Center

The Vertical Hi-Way is a limited edition VHS release from 2000, which collects realtime analog modular synth sessions by my trio, NNeng. In residency at Experimental TV Center, Nancy Meli Walker, Brian Moran and myself patched custom Video Synths by Dave Jones, cross-connecting control voltage between us so that our live knob wiggling would interfere with each others’ systems.

LATER THIS FALL:
Hans Tammen & Dark Circuits Orchestra: CROSSING THE LAGRANGIAN POINT
Thursday, November 30th, 8pm
Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens
with Michael Vorfeld, ChiKa, Benton C Bainbridge, James Yuxi Cao, MSHR (Birch Cooper & Brenna Murphy), Dafna Naphtali, Eric Drasin, Jonas Bers, Matthew Ostrowski, Daniel Neumann (spatialist) and Hans Tammen (concept, composing, conducting)