Rue Bainbridge: I’ll Wear a Mask for You is an existential media-opera developed in response to the pandemic. Mask brings together experiences and sensations from disparate moments of American life in 2020. Composed during lockdown and an urgent road trip between the first and second COVID-19 peaks, the network performance manipulates material captured under conditions of granular polity and mediated anxieties. In response to the radical constriction of our physical worlds and our forced emigration into the Metaverse, Mask dramatizes the symbolic resonances and politicization of masks. Karaoke in an iron lung... a humorous mosaic dredged from our collective mindscape... pantomiming intimacy, global and emotional corruption.
Rue Bainbridge: I’ll Wear a Mask for You was commissioned by New Media Art & Sound Summit, COTFG, and premiered on July 25, 2020 with The Quarantine Concerts, Experimental Sound Studio.
Gryphon Rue (The Human Host, screen left): text, voice, music, collages
Benton C Bainbridge (The Careful Man, screen right): video painting, video poetry, noises
Additional text for The Careful Man: A. Susan Rautine, Noté Peter George
Additional camera: Amber Watson
Special Thanks to: CultureHub, Bulk Foodveyor, Raison Rivas for the P100 mask, and Nathlie Provosty for explaining diematic and aposematic coloration
Music contains samples from "Crawling on Knees" by Pharmakon, "I'm Your Man" by Leonard Cohen, and "Spiiltek" by :zoviet*france
All material conceived and recorded remotely during spring quarantine 2020 in New York, California, North Carolina and Maine.
Video material captured during a road trip across the United States.
Broadcast from The Bronx, NY, and Roxbury, CT.
Rue Bainbridge is supported by Andrew Freedman Home Artist-In-Residence program in The
Bronx, NYC http://andrewfreedmanhome.org