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benjamin thorp
curriculum vitae


Education

2010 - M.F.A. University of Illinois at Chicago, Electronic Visualizations
2004 - B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute, New Media Studies

Professional / Academic Experience

2013 - Present - Director/Curator - Black Iris - Richmond, VA
Founded and curated art and community events including fine art exhibitions, panel discussions, and workshops emphasizing social justice.
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2012- Present - Sound Designer and Engineer, Black Iris Music - Richmond, VA
In-house sound designer creating effects through a wide range of processes and tools from foley to synthesis,for commercial distribution through cinema, television, radio and internet. Assists in recording sessions and engineering mix sessions.
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2014 Spring - Guest Lecturer, Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond VA
The Open Work (Contemporary Art Criticism), Art History

2014 Spring - Guest Lecturer, Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond VA
Professional Practice, Kinetic Imaging

2013 Fall - Guest Lecturer, Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond VA
Professional Practice, Kinetic Imaging

2011 - 2012 - Visiting Lecturer, University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
Digital Foundations - Fine Art Department. Contributed to a new program, teaching labs on Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and Sound and Video recording. Lectures on Art and Social Change

2011 Spring - Instructor, Chicago State University - Chicago IL
Introduction to Sound Art
Historical and theoretical survey of sound art of the 20th century.

2011 Spring - Guest Lecturer, School of the Art Institute Chicago - Chicago IL
Contemporary Practices 2

2010 Fall - Instructor
Interactive Art and Creative Code,
Lectures: History of New Media (A Conceptual Lineage),Labs
Workshops: Pure Data (Introduction to Graphical Programming Environments),
Arduino (Introductions to Physical Computing), Introduction to Basic Electronics.
School of the Art Institute Chicago - Chicago, IL

2010 Fall - Guest Lecturer, School of the Art Institute Chicago - Chicago IL
Contemporary Practices 1

2009 Fall - 2010 Spring - Instructor
Introduction to Responsive Arts AD 406,
Lectures: History of New Media (A Conceptual Lineage)
Labs: Pure Data (Introduction to Graphical Programming Environments),
Arduino (Introductions to Physical Computing), Introduction to Basic Electronics.
University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL

Social Engagement

2014 - Teaching Artist - Partners in the Arts, University of Richmond (Upcoming)
Sensorium Imaginarium: On Sound - Developed and taught workshops to K-12 teachers using sound as a teaching tool for a wide range of subjects.

2013 - Teaching Artist - Partners in the Arts, University of Richmond
Sensorium Imaginarium: On Sound
Develop and taught workshops to K-12 teachers using sound as a teaching tool for a wide range of subjects.

2011 - Teaching Artist - Summer Workshop, Marwen School - Chicago IL
Contemporary Practices 2

2010 - Artist Teacher with Chicago Public Art Group - Summer Program
Little Village / North and South Lawndale Project
Funded in part by National Endowment for the Arts
Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago IL
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2010 - Teaching Artist weekend arts program
The Other Side of Silence: Contemporary Practices in Sound
Workshops: Field Recording, Sound Exercises, and Sound Mural
Cambodian American Heritage Association and Museum, Chicago IL
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Exhibitions

2015 (upcoming January) - Bussing Memories (Civil Rights and Desegregation in Richmond) - Collaboration with GRTC and CHAT and Dr. Laura Browder. Public sound installation.

2013 - Richmond Street Art Festival: Driving Richmond
Collaborative Work with Greater Richmond Transit Company, Dr. Laura Browder and Michael Lease
Public Sound Installation - Richmond, VA

2012 - Black Box v.2
Sound Sculpture: microphone, custom electronics, custom packaging, overnight delivery Mobile and Local
(3rd joint international conference on art and mobility)
Center Exhibition University North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
Adriana de Sauva e Silva - curator

2012 - Through a Glass Darkly (Rainy Day)
Sound Sculpture: found window, audio tape, custom electronics, custom audio configuration Faculty Exhibition
University of Kentucky
Tuska Gallery - Lexington KY, Dima Strakovsky - curator

2011 - An Excerpt from America (in Collaboration with Channel TWo) mixed media sculpture, sound, custom speakers, found objects Seed space
Nashville TN, Adrienne Outlaw - curator

2011 - Three Things falling
Video Installation
Lexington Arts League
Re-Play - Lexington KY, Sarah-Wiley VanMeter - curator

2011 - Through a Glass Darkly
Sound Sculpture: found window, audio tape, custom electronics, custom audio configuration The Urban Imaginarium
Marwen (Center for the Arts)
Untitled Gallery - Chicago IL, Steven Bridges - curator

2011 - Black Box v.2
Sound Sculpture: microphone, custom electronics, custom packaging, overnight delivery systeMY/systemUs
Imaginarium Gallery- Lodz Poland, Mariusz Soltysik - curator

2010 - Sounds Like History
Permanent Sound Installation
Funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum- Chicago IL

2010 - Black Box
Sound Sculpture: microphone, custom electronics, custom packaging, overnight delivery
Non-Cochlear Sound
Diapason Gallery- Chicago IL. Seth Kim-Cohen curator

2010 - City As Site
Temporary Public Sound Installations created in collaboration with Chicago Public Artists Group
Funded in part by National Endowment for the Arts
West Side Chicago, Little Village - Chicago IL

2010 - The Other Side Of Silence
Responsive 6 channel audio installation, custom hardware, Max/MSP
Sound and written material part community work as Artist-Teacher at the
Cambodian American Heritage Association
Gallery 400 Thesis Exhibition - Chicago IL

2010 - Free and Wholly Apart
Elevator Sound Installation
Gallery Aferro - Newark NJ. Adam Trowbridge curator

2008- Letter from Cezanne
Installation (large scale projection): experimental video and sound
(producer/video Andrea Flamini, sound design Benjamin Thorp)
Hong Kong City Hall, curated by Ip Yuk Yiu

2008- Notebook on Shadows and Stains, no.1
Experimental video and sound
(producer/video Andrea Flamini, sound design Benjamin Thorp)
"Here Come The Rolling Bones. Paradossi della Visione: Tra Etica e Tecniche"
Studio Matteo Boetti - Rome, Italy. Piero Pala e Benedetta di Loreto curators.

2008- Letter from Cezanne
Installation (large scale projection): experimental video and sound
(producer/video Andrea Flamini, sound design Benjamin Thorp)
Kathy Dowell Gallery - Kansas City, MO

2007- Notebook on Shadows and Stains, no.1
Experimental video and sound
(producer/video Andrea Flamini, sound design Benjamin Thorp)
Hong Kong Film Archive "Luminous Echo" screening program curated by Ip Yuk Yiu
at the Microwave International New Media Arts Festival

2006- Pro Life 2005
Responsive audio/video installation, found mattresses, custom software.

Stains, Fingerprints, Watermarks and Scars, (two-person exhibit with Brendan Meara)
Paragraph Gallery, curated by Hesse McGraw - Kansas City, MO

2005- Nature Study#2 (The Four Seasons)
Audio and video session recordings, created from custom software.
The Kansas City Flat Files - The H&R Block Art Space (Group Show) - Kansas City, MO
2005 - == Em de^ rękxistin +
Interactive sound installation. Custom software and hardware, collaboration with Bradon Webb.
Conditions of Sound - The Boley Building (Group Show) - Kansas City, MO

2005 – Gray Space .5 (for private space)
Limited Edition audio application for personal computers.
Custom software, computer generated sequences and sounds.
A senso~ publication.

2004 - Gray Space .2 (modified for store fronts)
Environmentally interactive sound installation.
Phantom Gallery in cooperation with C.A.D.R.E. (Group Show) - San Jose, CA

2004 – Gray Space .3 Subject to Change
Audio installation with ready-visuals.
The H&R Block Art Space (2004 B.F.A Group Show) - Kansas City, MO

2003 - Gray Space .4 (for art viewing)
Environmentally interactive sound and sculptural installation.
aAlice Gallery (Group Show) - Kansas City, MO

2003 - Anesthesia
Audio composition for video and installation, a collaborative work with Natalie S. Myers.
The H&R Block Art Space (2002 B.F.A Group Show) - Kansas City, MO

2001 - Moving
Solo exhibition of painting, photography and mixed media.
Sage Gallery (Solo Show), Park City Utah

Performances / Screenings

2006- Union
Audio composition in 4.1.
Wedding Ceremony of Lynus Young and Julia Veering
Loose Mansion, Kansas City, MO.

2001- World_Mix_Nagoya by Tony Allard and Dwight Frizzell
Performed microphones for a live radio, Internet broadcast.
Technical Assistance.
ISEA in Nagoya, Japan

2001- World_Mix_L.A. by Tony Allard and Dwight Frizzell
Object and vocal performance for a live radio broadcast.
Technical Assistance.
The Santa Monica Museum of Art, in Los Angles CA.

Additional Experience

2008 - 2009 Graduate Assistant Web Designer/Designer Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Maintained website and media for the Museum, including:
banner design for web and print, label design for print.
Audio/Visual setups for conferences and programmed events.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago IL

2008 Fall - Teaching Assistant to New Media Artist Daniel Sauter
Sound and Image, AD 508 Graduate Seminar
Taught labs for interactive audio classes with Max/MSP/Jitter.
University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL
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2008 - Graduate Assistant - Web Designer/Designer
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum with Studio/Lab - Immigrant City Chicago
Worked from Concept to Design a website to accompany An Immigrants Guide to Chicago,
a resource guide - book to be published 2010.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago IL
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2008 - Design Visualization Laboratory Workshop Series,
Workshop introducing audio and circuit integration with Max/MSP/Jitter
University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL
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2007 - Graduate Assistant to New Media Artist Daniel Sauter
Web Development - UIC Art and Design Website
Web development using PHP and MySQL database.
University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL
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2006 – Artist presentation
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.
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2005 – 2006 - Guest artist Kansas City Art Institute- New Media Studies.
Artist presentation, guest critique and technical demonstrations.
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO

2004 – 2005- Artist assistant to New Media Artist Andrea Flamini.
Assisted with complex multimedia and multi-channel (linear and generative)
video/audio installations for gallery exhibitions.
Assisted with the authoring and publishing of multimedia projects.
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2004 - Assistant to Preparator, Martian Cail
Art installations and uninstalls, as well as multimedia set up and troubleshooting for exhibits.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art- Kansas City, MO

Skills / Abilities

Computer
Technical Skills and Networking, Cross platform (Mac/Win) laptop/desktops and Multi-Media workstations, setup and troubleshooting. General hardware (components, graphic cards, hard-drives, etc.) software installation and troubleshooting. Custom configuration setups for video and audio editing workstations. Extended knowledge of video/audio and multimedia software and hardware

Systems/Software - Digital/Analogue Production
System installs include a working knowledge with audio mixers, monitors, speakers, P.A. systems, digital video cameras and digital projectors and cabling. DSP, data control, audio and video programming in the Max/MSP/Jitter environment, Pure Data, Processing. Sound design in Pro Tools, Logic, Samplitude, Cubase, BIAS Peak, Abelton Live, Reason, analogue editing 1/4-inch tape. Physical Computing - Microprocessors Arduino and Basic Stamp - scripting Digital video editing in Final Cut Pro DVD Studio Pro analog editing with the Avid AB systems. Digital and analogue photographic printing.
Web Production
html, css, xhtml, Javascript, Dreamweaver, Flash, ActionScript, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator

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