PORTFOLIO
Ben Compton

Selected Works
1.     MIXTAPE (2016)
2.    When You Say Nothing at All (2016)
3.    Dance Practice (2016) 
4.    4 Sleeps (2017)
5.    The Bus (2017)
6.    RECEIPT (2017)
7.     Play it Safe (2016)
8.    Sunlight (2017)
9.    Untitled (Eggs) (2016)
10.  MAIL (2013)

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1.     MIXTAPE (2016)
   
  1. Multimedia Performance, Approx. 14 min. 


A single performer unwinds a roll of paper to a soundtrack. Archival images travel down the scroll in synchronicity with music. The paper is simultaneously unrolled and projected on a wall, alluding to the mechanical process involved in film, as well as visuals in digital slideshows. The viewer is included in the performer’s process as he draws on top of the paper, inserting himself into the narrative.





      

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2.     When You Say Nothing at All (2016)
   
  1. Multimedia Performance, Approx. 4 min.


A 4 minute performance using a 17” roll of bond paper. The lyrics to Alison Krauss’s When You Say Nothing at All are hand-printed on the roll, which is unraveled by a performer at the top of a large metal stepladder in synchronicity with the song. The song is articulated in kinetic sculpture. Elements of the Top 40 hit (like lyrics and rhythm) are heightened.  






        

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3.     Dance Practice (2016)
   
  1. Multimedia Performance, Approx. 4 min.


This work uses facial recognition software. As I explore my own physicality, a DVD logo follows me, establishing a relationship between me and a television. We become dance partners practicing shared choreography.





      

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4.     4 Sleeps (2017)
   
  1. Multimedia Performance, Durational 


A single performer lies beside a camera crane. As he alters the height of a crane using string, a camera at the end slowly pans between found photos tacked to the wall. The video is relayed to a projection, allowing the audience to see both the performer and a closeup of the collage material on the wall. This action is repeated 4 times with different images, each representing a “sleep”. The projection becomes a dream space, where unrelated scenes collide together. Viewers experience the unconscious wanderings of the mind at night through the lens of video.







     


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5.     The Bus (2017)
   
  1. Multimedia Performance, Approx. 8 min.


Live video magnifies a performer playing guitar. As he loops himself playing, the music becomes a soundtrack for other actions. The projection screen reveals an alternate reality, where an anonymous figure rides a bus, empties the contents of their purse, puts on fake nails, and plays guitar.







      


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6.     RECEIPT (2017)
   
  1. Multimedia Performance, Approx. 6 min.


A performer plays slide guitar under a camera. A second performer pulls a roll of receipt paper across the hole of the guitar, alluding to the mechanism of a player piano. Images on the paper are revealed as the song progresses via live projection. The viewer witnesses two forms of receipt- a grocery list, and an exchange between two people.





      


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7.     Play it Safe (2016)
   
  1. Multimedia Performance, Approx. 8 min.


A multimedia performance consisting of one performer and a television. The television cuts between a real-time live video feed of the performer and pre-recorded footage, creating a narrative that exists in multiple realities and times. Common television formats like karaoke instrumentals and late night television are used as structures to explore our relationships with screens. The work concludes with a duet between the performer and a figure on the television.





   


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8.     Sunlight (2017)
   
  1. Multimedia Performance, Approx. 15 min.


A multimedia performance consisting of one performer and a live projection. As the performer “wakes up”, objects are animated to the tune of a skittering beat. This work explores the early hours of the morning and the commodification of nature.





        


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9.     Untitled (Eggs) (2016)
   
  1. Single-Channel Video, Approx. 3 min.


The camera follows eggs as they float down a stream, eventually collecting at the bottom. This action reflects human intervention while also creating movement that is determined by the randomness of nature.





     

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10.   MAIL (2013)
   
  1. Video Installation, Approx. 4 min. Loop 


Through the use of projections and mirroring, MAIL explores the act of sending and receiving a letter. Graphic black and white images highlight steps of the process,  from writing to posting to receiving. The subjects represented in the projection and reflection separate and come together through a series of synchronized actions facilitated by the mirror.