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 realtime video and Expanded Cinema. In residencies at Experimental Television Center, Bainbridge borrowed formal and practical strategies from music and applied them to moving pictures. He has developed an idiosyncratic approach to media art characterized by distinctive visual “timbres” under control of the human hand. The pixels in Bainbridge’s work dance in response to gestural influences and thus are evocative of paintings or drawings, made with light rather than pigment.
In addition to his solo work, Benton collaborates 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 bestattended live event with video ensemble The Poool. His visual performance and media design work has been seen around the world; recent projects include Kaki King/Glowing Pictures “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body”. “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 in July, 2016. 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, is currently designing media art for the 10th season of One Step Beyond at American Museum of Natural History.
Barbara Held and Bainbridge premiered their collaboration “Pausa” as part of Composers Now at Harvestworks, NYC, and then showed in Minnesota at St. Cloud University and Studio Z, St. Paul. Benton recently performed video synths at Ballroom Marfa for the Strange Attractors exhibition opening.
Benton C Bainbridge is currently creating video portraits in the Andrew Freedman Home AIR program.