V/A002: E.S.P. TV "LIFESTYLE GURU" #2
BEN VIDA : SOFT SYSTEMS MUSIC
Edition of 50
Hand cut lathe recording on 7" lacquer with laser engraving.
Full color gatefold sleeve.
Soft Systems Music uses facial recognition software as a compositional tool for a sonfication of gesture. Vida transforms the expressions of smiling actors into what he calls a "soft system”—a blend of the human and algorithmic, in which any subtle motion alters the composition. This work debuted in his 2016 exhibition, [SMILE ON.] ... [PAUSE] ... [SMILE OFF.] and was later adapted to a live performance for E.S.P. TV's "Lifestyle Guru" event in 2017.
BEN VIDA is a composer and artist based in New York. He has been an active member of the international experimental music community for two decades. In the mid-1990s Vida co-founded the minimalist quartet Town & Country and released solo records under the moniker Bird Show. He has released records with numerous labels including Alku, PAN, Shelter Press and Kranky. His work has been featured in Artforum, Modern Painters, The Paris
Review, The New York Times, Art Review, Wire Magazine, The Creators Project, WIRED Magazine among others. In addition to his musical endeavors, Vida has exhibited his work as a contemporary artist with solo exhibitions at Lisa Cooley Gallery, NYC and 356 S. Mission Rd, LA. His pieces have been presented widely in venues such as the Guggenheim, New York; Centro Pecci in Prato, Italy; STUK in Leuven, Belgium; the MCA, Chicago; The ICA, London; The Kitchen, New York; Performa Biennial, New York; EMPAC, Troy, NY; Leap Gallery, Berlin; Lampo, Chicago; Cricoteka Museum, Kraków, Poland; The Artist’s Institute, New York; the Sydney Opera House; LiveArtsWeeks at Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna; Borderline Festival, Athens, Greece and the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Meltdown Festival in London. In spring 2018 Vida premiered And So Now, a work for vocal quartet and electronics at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York.