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Ethan Hayden and Benton C Bainbridge, rehearsal at FEED, 2023

Bainbridge / Hayden

World premiere of new duo

For the first time ever, Benton C Bainbridge and Ethan Hayden perform an improvised light drawing and music duet.

The Infrasonic Series presents:
The Evolution of the Arm (interdimensional chamber music from Buffalo)
Bainbridge / Hayden (experimental sound & light waves from Erie)
GNG (electronic chamber hip hop from Erie)

Friday, March 10, 2023 | 8PM
Grounded Printshop
1902 Cherry Street, Erie, PA 16502
$5-$10 Suggested Donation

Infrasonic Press presents its third concert of experimental Rust Belt music in Erie on Friday, March 10, at Grounded Printshop. The program features The Evolution of the Arm, a Buffalo-based chamber quartet who has gained a reputation for their ability to combine the subtle precision of notated concert music with the wild spontaneity of free improvisation.  The quartet will be touring the Northeastern US to promote their upcoming release, Telepathic Music Vol. 2, its second EP of music recorded on the astral plane, with the musicians unable to physically hear one another.

The program will also feature debut performances of two collaborations between Erie-based artists.  The first of these is Bainbridge/Hayden, a duo consisting of realtime media performing artist Benton C Bainbridge and electronic musician Ethan Hayden.  Bainbridge handcrafts media art with custom image processing systems, and is renovating a 50k s.f. building in downtown Erie to house FEED Media Art Center.  Hayden is the founder of the label behind the concert series, Infrasonic Press, and is the associate director of the Buffalo-based ensemble Wooden Cities.

The evening begins with the live debut of GNG, Erie's newest electronic chamber hip hop quartet. The group features members of regional hip hop crew, Crew Life (K Sanz & Elias if only), alongside cellist Casey Corritore and synthesist Anthony Carson.

The program is supported in part by a StARTup grant from the Erie County Redevelopment Authority.

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Benton C Bainbridge: Beauteous (for muMs), 2021

Erie Art Museum 100th annual spring show

Bainbridge selected for exhibition centennial

100th annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring Show
March 17 to August 11, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, March 17 6-9 PM
Erie Art Museum
20 E 5th Street, Erie PA 16507

Spring Show is coming to Erie Art Museum! I'm honored my digital print, "Beauteous (for muMs)" will be included in the exhibition and is featured in the Erie Times-News article. This artwork was shot at Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx during rehearsals for the Museum of Modern Art pop-up show. Craig "muMs the Schemer" Grant wrote the tale of a dystopian near-future in which humans have retreated from a toxic planet, their attenuated lives delimited by social media. The immersive theatrical experience incorporated dozens of large-scale artworks scattered throughout the Italianate palazzo on the Grand Concourse, including my video sculptures and projection-mapped stage designs.

The video sculpture and digital print edition is dedicated to muMs, whom we lost way too young. Craig Grant's work as writer, poet and actor lives on; muMs continues to dazzle and challenge us with his vision.

The opening for the 100th Annual Spring Show is March 17; hope to see you!

Erie Times-News feature

squiggly line from a modified Vectrex stretched out and inverted as a graphic divider elementLonely ROCKS exhibition of 110 self-portraits is seen on multiple screens framed in maple hardwood frames in a low lit window display at FEED Media Art Center.
Lonely ROCKS at FEED, installation view, 2023

Lonely rocks

Collective Self-Portraiture

Lonely ROCKS: Season 0
January 1 - March 31, 2023
on view 24/7 from the street at
FEED | Erie, PA

Lonely ROCKS is a curatorial experiment that brings together Patrons and Curators to select the finest self-portrait media artworks. Experience all 110 artworks as ranked by the Patron House, as well as the 13 portraits selected by Curator House. Co-founded by Benton C Bainbridge and James McGirk.

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