Artist and Composer Ben Vida to Visit UA

Tuscaloosa. —The Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series and Sonic Frontiers are proud to present renowned visual artist and composer Ben Vida in two appearances. Vida will deliver a public lecture Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in Gorgas Library 205 and give a performance Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall of Moody Music Building.Ben Vida, installation

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Vida will talk about his work in sound and visual art. On Thursday, Feb. 21, he will present a piece for live and fixed electronics that examines the physical dimensionality of sound. Utilizing analog and digital synthesizing systems, Vida’s work foregrounds the spacialization, morphology and mutability of sound objects through the use of psycho-acoustic processes. (Scroll down the page for links to videos of Vida’s work.)

Ben Vida lives and works in New York, where he is a visual artist, composer and musician working in sound, performance, video, installation and 2D work. 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 on numerous labels including Alku, PAN, Future Audio Graphics and Kranky, and his most recent LP Damaged Particulates was released on Shelter Press. His work has been featured in Artforum, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, The New York Times, Art Review, The Wire, The Creators Project, and WIRED, among others. In addition to his musical endeavors, Vida has exhibited his work as a visual artist with recent solo exhibitions at Lisa Cooley Gallery in New York and 356 S. Mission Rd. in Los Angeles. His work has also been presented at the Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; PRESENCES électronique, GRM/INA, Paris; The Kitchen, New York; Performa Biennial, New York; EMPAC, Troy, New York; LEAP Gallery Berlin; Lampo, Chicago; Cricoteka, Kraków, Poland; The Artist’s Institute, New York; Sydney Opera House, Australia; LiveArtsWeek at Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna; the Borderline Festival, Athens, Greece; and the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Meltdown Festival in London. He received his MFA from Bard College in Vermont.

Ben Vida, Speech Act 13 Ben Vida, Hand Torn Seconds (Blue)

Videos of Ben Vida’s sonic works:

For more information about these events, contact Pete Schulte (

Ben Vida’s lecture and concert are a collaboration of the Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series and the Sonic Frontiers Concert Series. They are sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, New College, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Continuing Studies at The University of Alabama. 

Ben Vida, Reducing the Tempo to Zero Ben Vida, AVA BV 05 Ben Vida, And So Now Part 1.1 (BAM)

Sonic Frontiers is a cutting-edge concert series of innovative and experimental music that enriches the cultural life of West Alabama and invites creative exchange between world-class performers of adventurous music, students, and the greater community through public performances and lively post-concert discussions. The 2018-2019 season is the ninth and final season for Sonic Frontiers. All Sonic Frontiers events are free and open to the public. For more information:

Intrinsic to our mission of outreach to the university community and beyond, the Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series works in conjunction with the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, the Sella-Granata Art Gallery and other UA departments, organizations and individuals to bring to campus vanguard artists and scholars who represent the entire spectrum of art. To see past and future visiting artists and scholars, go to:  

Gorgas Library is a five-minute walk from the Campus Drive Parking Deck and Bus Hub on Hackberry Lane. (Map here: ) Information about visitor parking is available here:

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, go here: