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"In Telematic Etra Session #2, Bill Etra narrates a history of tools and instruments created for real time visual performances. Bill has pursued the creation of a "visual piano" and a language for the scoring of visualization compositions for over 4 decades. Along the way he co-invented many devices and techniques, most famously the Rutt/Etra Video Synthesizer. In Telematic Etra 2, Bill will lecture about his and others' inventions and respond to questions from a remote audience via webchat.
Benton-C Bainbridge with Minou Maguna and Bill Etra: Telematic Etra is a series of video chat room discussions with Bill Etra about his lifelong pursuit of “total plasticity of the moving image.” Etra is best known as the co inventor of the Rutt/Etra Video Synthesizer. He has also created other milestone art works, pivotal patents, and collaborations with artists ranging from Steina and Woody Vasulka to Francis Ford Coppola.
Etra’s congenital spinal stenosis has immobilized him and he is rarely able to leave his apartment in the Bronx. Telematic Etra will enable Etra to reach out and educate and inspire the next wave of Visual Music composers, performers, critics and academics. Each session will include both a lecture and a Q&A section, to maximize interaction.
Minou Maguna lives and works in Buenos Aires. Art director and stage direcrot of multimedia performance, exploring new modes of interaction between humans, machines, algorithms and the environment to create art and the poetic. In recent years Maguna has co-created performances of music, opera and experimental musical theater in Argentina and New York, London, Berlin, Rome, Singapore, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.
Benton-C Bainbridge is an artist, designer and educator based in the Bronx. Bainbridge makes movies, installations, and live visual performances with custom digital, analog and optical systems of his own design. He has presented video as immersive environments and extemporaneous compositions across 5 continents, collaborating with scores of artists around the world.
Sponsored by Really Useful Media (Dan Winckler and Emily Kornblut)"