Benton C Bainbridge’s video synth self-portrait art work uses prototype modules from Experimental Television Center’s legendary designer Dave Jones to radically transform his electronic likeness.
“BCB in a Suitcase” premiered at Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival in 2016 and has since been presented at Transient Visions Festival in Binghamton, NY and Hardware Hacklab in NYC.
BENTON C BAINBRIDGE (Bronx, USA. born 1966) creates media art, live performances and interactive installations with custom digital, analog and optical A/V systems.
As a teen, Benton embraced real-time video and Expanded Cinema. In residencies at Experimental Television Center, Bainbridge made works that applied music’s formal and practical strategies to moving pictures. He is now best known for his visual performance projects, both solo and in collaboration with a wide range of artists.
Career highlights include video art and VJ’ing for two Beastie Boys world tours, analog video synthesizer FX for TV On The Radio’s “Staring at the Sun” music video, and Whitney Museum’s best-attended live event with video ensemble The Poool.
Bainbridge’s realtime media artwork has been seen around the world, including dozens of streamed realtime media performances in the “Lisa Joy” series. Recent collaborations include “Pausa”, an Audiovisual performance for flute, synthesized and processed sound and image by Barbara Held and Benton C Bainbridge, which premiered at Composers Now Festival at Harvestworks, NYC, and was later presented at Studio Z in St. Paul, MN and as a performance and installation at Kiehle Gallery, St. Cloud, MN. “Ghost Komungobot”, a multichannel media performance with electric komungo pioneer Jin Hi Kim, was the closing event of Bandung International Digital Art Festival in Indonesia. BIDAF 2016 also featured Bainbridge’s interactive video portraiture installation, “Picturing You”.
Bainbridge’s work has shown 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, Frieze Art Fair (NYC), EMPAC (Troy, NY), SFMoMA (San Francisco), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Dallas Video Festival, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Mercat des les Flors (Barcelona), LUX2006 (Sevilla), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Wien Moderne (Vienna), Inventionen (Berlin), Teatro Colón CETC (Buenos Aires), CELCIT (Managua), International Horticultural Expo (Xi’an, China), Korean Festival (Seoul), Good Vibrations (Australia), and MTV Networks (global).
Bainbridge teaches “New Forms in Media” at School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts Department. Benton’s generative browser artwork “justasecXYZ #3” showed at the MFACA exhibition “Techtonic Shift” and online at justasec.XYZ. Bainbridge’s commercial studio, Intersection Arts, recently concluded the 10th season of One Step Beyond at American Museum of Natural History; Benton has been the resident artist since the event’s inception. Bainbridge has collaborated with Eric Barry Drasin to present Performing Systems via the MovingPictures.Gallery platform.