Explorations: The Idea

Special Event
Theater 7–9pm
  • Regular $15
  • Media Center Members $10
Need creative inspiration?
This curated panel will guide you through the ideation phase of your next project!
It's one thing to be inspired and begin generating ideas, but starting to organize and implement those ideas can be an arduous process that derails an artist's creative flow and often results in projects abandoned far too soon. Each panelist will discuss a recent project, his or her inspiration, how those inspirations inspired ideas, and how those ideas were organized to fit into an established workflow with the end-goal being an exhibition.

We are excited to have Benton C. Bainbridge, Danielle EzzoAnton Marini, and Ursula Scherrer discuss some of their recent work, with Roderick Schrock, director of Eyebeam, on board to guide the conversation. Each panelist will discuss a recent project, his or her inspiration, how those inspirations inspired ideas, and how those idea were organized to fit into an established workflow with the end-goal being an exhibition.

About the Moderator:

Roderick Schrock is Director of Eyebeam, one of NYC’s earliest tech arts organizations that helped lay the foundation for Silicon Alley and the careers of over 300 artists and technologists, where he is responsible for strategic and operational leadership of this leading non-profit.

He is also an active digital artist, having presented work at the Kennedy Center for the Arts, SFMoMA, Super Deluxe (Tokyo), RedCat Theater, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). He has toured, spoken, and curated widely. His essays have been published by MIT Press and appear regularly on Huffington Post. He is adjunct faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and sits on the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Commission as well as the Board of Curatious.

About the Panelists:

Benton C. Bainbridge is a media artist based in the Bronx. Working with custom systems of his own design, Bainbridge creates immersive environments, interactive installations and time-based artworks.

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 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

Danielle Ezzo navigates the photographic medium with a discursive interest in the "edges" of photography and its relationship to the historical, technological, and the ever-growing “new aesthetic,” and how it meets the human form. Her practice involves connecting the visceral, optical and conceptual relationships with each another by creating a new visual taxonomy for looking at the figure through a post photographic lens.

She has received praise from Rayko Photo Center (SF), Soho Photo (NY), and written about in NYArts Magazine and Lenscratch. Her work has been exhibited nationally at such galleries as Daniel Cooney Fine Art (NY), Kat Kiernan Gallery (VA), as well as The Santa Barbara Museum of Art. She recently lectured at the academic conference HISTART’14 in Istanbul, Turkey and is published in The New Inquiry.

Danielle is a recent MFA graduate at Lesley University College of Art & Design.

Anton Marini (a.k.a. vade) is a video performance artist and programmer. His artwork focuses on improvisation and realtime manipulation of video. He plays, bends, rips, tears, shreds, morphs, molds, glitches, and synthesizes pixels to form new visual experiences. He designs open source tools to help facilitate the realtime video performance medium.

He is a former artist in residence at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and researcher in residence at NYU's Brooklyn Experimental Media Center. He has also taught at Parsons/New School Design and Technology Department and performed and taught workshops at many new media and video festivals around the world.

Ursula Scherrer creates work reminds one of moving paintings, drawing the viewer into the images, leaving the viewer with their own stories. She transforms spaces and landscapes into serene, abstract portraits of rhythm, color and light – inner landscapes in the outside world where the images and actions have less to do with what we see then with the feeling they leave behind.

Scherrer is a Swiss artist living in New York City. Her work has been shown in festivals, galleries and museums internationally.
Her aesthetic training began with dance, transitioned to choreography and expanded to photography, video, text, mixed media and performance art. Scherrer has worked with numerous composers/musicians in the creation of video and sound installations, live performances and single-channel videos. She has collaborated with the choreographers, doing the set design and live video for a variety of dances. Other collaborators include the light artist Kurt Laurenz Theinert, film maker Martin Zawadzki as well as language poet Bruce Andrews. 
Her work has been shown at REDCAT, Ideas City Festival of the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Seoul Square/Gana Art Gallery, Organhaus, City Center, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Raum in Bologna, Italy, O’artoteca, and Centre d’Art La Panera, among many others.
About Explorations:

Explorations is a series of panels and lectures produced by the Made in NY Media Center by IFP designed to elucidate the relationship between art and technology. Featuring some of the foremost artists, curators, and gallerists in the field, creators in all stages of their careers can expect to find inspiration and the practical tools needed to push their work to levels.



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