Rue Bainbridge is the media art duo of Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge, intersecting expanded cinema with improvised music in a dynamic response to specific sites and audiences. Rue Bainbridge are the recipients of the inaugural Nam Jun Paik and Shigeko Kubota Video Art Prize (2019). Rue Bainbridge is a live conversation between a sound artist and video artist. Benton C Bainbridge’s custom video synths generate light drawings with Gryphon Rue’s saw, overtone singing and gongs. The duo enact a living media artwork: a space for collective dreaming, where quirks of human hand and electricity spawn impressions of nature and abstract language.
Join Rue Bainbridge, a media art duo comprised of Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge, for a live conversation between a sound artist and a video artist. The duo will enact Woolgathering Continuum, a living media artwork that creates a space of collective dreaming where quirks of the human hand and electricity spawn impressions of nature and abstract language.
Benton C Bainbridge’s custom video synths generate light drawings with Gryphon Rue’s saw, overtone singing, and gongs. Rue summons a polyphony of voices––at once creaturely and human. Using a hacked game console driven by modular synths, Bainbridge’s drawings reply to Rue’s sounds with evolving transformations. Glowing lines contort into arabesques and serpentine shapes. Ethereal pictures emerge from the earth-bound instruments: elemental scenes, avalanches in wintry landscapes, and rocks careening down a mountainside. Pure and synthesized tones cast an aura of suspended disbelief that is meditative, emotional, hypnotic and intense.
This event is free, however due to limited capacity, reservations are required.
About Rue Bainbridge
Rue Bainbridge is the media art duo of Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge, who intersect expanded cinema with improvised music in a dynamic response to specific sites and audiences. The project has been supported with residencies at spaces in transition: an Italianate palazzo that housed formerly wealthy seniors, an 18th century hotel favored by rock stars, and an officer’s house on a former military island. Rue Bainbridge have been presented by Slate Projects, Center for Visual Music, Public Works Department at Governor’s Island, and Hauser & Wirth L.A. Projects are realized as immersive audiovisual performances in custom installations, and yield single channel artworks with decentralized provenance.
Gryphon Rue (saw, vocals, percussion, FX) is a sound experimentalist, composer-performer, and curator in the field of audiovisual culture. Benton C Bainbridge (Lisa Joy video synthesizer) is a media artist working with custom digital, analog, and optical systems of his own design.
Individually, Rue Bainbridge have presented on 5 continents, at Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, Museum of the Moving Image, American Museum of Natural History, The Kitchen (NYC), Frieze Art Fair (NYC), EMPAC (Troy, NY), SFMoMA (San Francisco), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX), Boston Cyberarts Festival, l’Auditori (Barcelona), Fundación Juan March (Madrid), LUX2006 (Sevilla), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Teatro Colón CETC (Buenos Aires), International Horticultural Expo (Xi’an, China), Dak’art Biennale (Dakar, Senegal), and MTV Networks (global).
The duo play 30-45 minute structured improvisations. They perform side-by-side on stage, sending audio and video to a stereo PA or multichannel system, and projections which shine above and onto the artists. Rue Bainbridge use live cameras on their micro-movements feeding on-stage monitors to bring the audience into their space.
Rue Bainbridge were Artists in Residence at Public Works Department on Governors Island, Nolan Park, in September, 2017.