Ben Vida

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  • Brooklyn, NY

Artist Biography

Ben Vida is an artist and composer living in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include [Smile on.]...[Pause.]... [Smile off.] at Lisa Cooley Gallery, NYC and Slipping Control (West) at 356 S. Mission Rd, LA.

In the mid-1990s he co-founded the group Town and Country and has since worked as a solo artist working with many labels including Alku, PAN, Future Audio Graphics 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. Vida’s pieces have been presented widely in venues such as the Guggenheim, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Institute of Contemporary Art, London; The Kitchen, New York; Leap Gallery, Berlin; Lampo, Chicago; Cricoteka Museum, Kraków, Poland; The Artist’s Institute, New York; the Sydney Opera House; Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna; Borderline Festival, Athens, Greece and the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Meltdown Festival in London.

In Fall 2016 Vida presented iterations of a new durational piece scored for choir and electronics titled Reducing the Tempo to Zero, at Centro Pecci in Prato, Italy; The Rossini Art Site in Briosco, Italy and at STUK in Leuven, Belgium. His most recent LP Damaged Particulates was released on Shelter Press.

Selected Press

...a primal drone that unites Vida's obsessions - electronic hum, acoustic ambience and woodsy buzz - into one massive sound.

Marc Masters, The Wire
...he seems focused on capturing the mysticism and mystery of those remote locations with haunting blurs of sound and ambient chatter. When he builds up layer upon layer of violin scrapes, it feels like a tranced-out version of Kronos Quartet creating a jarring, yet seductive fever dream.

Steve Ciabatonni, CMJ Monthly