Media artist Benton C Bainbridge shares a week of Lisa Joy at Harvestworks, featuring an exhibition of his video synthesizer, a live AV performance with the synth and an exhibition of media art extracted from the live feed. Lisa Joy is a celebration of drones and the Lissajous figures which visualize their harmonic interplay. MovingPictures.Gallery will work with Bainbridge and Harvestworks to frame the works via blockchain technologies.
Lisa Joy is a series of media artworks by Benton C Bainbridge including interactive video synthesizer objects, live audiovisual performances made with the synths, and single channel digital media excerpted from the AV Program Feeds. The Lisa Joy series is a celebration of drones and the Lissajous figures which visualize their harmonic interplay.
The Lisa Joy interactive objects are built from antique Vectrex game consoles which have been modified to accept signals from small modular synthesizers. The Eurorack synths generate dynamically evolving oscillations from the interconnected modules. The voltages generated by this analog system are patched into the horizontal, vertical and brightness inputs of the vector display screen. Together, the synth and CRT are an instrument for generating electronic calligraphy. These instruments are manipulated in realtime by Bainbridge to shape oscillating voltages into squiggly lines, sinuous shapes and jagged abstractions and synchronous sounds, by turns raw or soothing.
Lisa Joy is a continuing series. Bainbridge has completed 23 unique synthesizer designs (“Lisa Joy” A through W), and 15 live streamed AV performances via MovingPictures.Gallery, up to 8 hours in length. The September 28th performance will also be streamed by MovingPictures.Gallery, however Harvestworks will welcome limited guests to Bainbridge’s first Lisa Joy performance before a live audience.