“Heat Dance (Heat Trails 1)” premiers 22 January, 2016.

Media artworks from the Heat Dance series are on view now at http://www.seditionart.com/benton-c-bainbridge


“Heat Dance” is Benton C Bainbridge’s series of video paintings observing hot bodies in motion. Bainbridge shot Kate Griffler’s choreography with a thermal camera in NYC, and then reworked the video with optical and digital FX in his studio in the Bronx.

Thermographic technology sees only differences in temperature. A transitory heat perimeter blurs the boundaries between dancer and space; slowly fading hot spots mark the impact of warm bodies on cool surfaces. Optical and digital post-processing further dematerialize Griffler’s dance. By observing the heat of bodies in motion, the series offers a primal glimpse into the original visual music: dance.

“Heat Dance” artworks premiered at the MoMA PS1 Printshop for the ALLGOLD “Commencement” exhibition in 2015 and at Moving Pictures Gallery in 2016.

Benton C Bainbridge: video & dance | Kate Griffler: dance

Thanks to Raymond Strano and Seek Thermal for the heat cameras.