RTV: Nneng

Release Date: Friday, May 5, 2000

In this episode RTV host Phoebe Legere talks with the trio Nneng (Benton Bainbridge, Nancy Meli Walker, and Brian Moran) who performs two contrasting works, Electronic 4 Food (A Good Hair Piece) and VC.

Vidicians Benton Bainbridge and Nancy Meli Walker focus small cameras on a wide variety of found objects (human hair, puffballs, chains of metallic and organic materials, slinkys, bugs, etc.) and incorporate the oscilloscope patterns of waveforms from Brian Moran‘s analog synthesizers and sampled sound. In their post-performance interview, Walker describes her early stain-glass and cast glass sculptures using broadcast TV as a light source. Bainbridge speaks of his efforts to “accelerate the loop from inspiration to creation.” Moran describes how his early punk performances led to his current electronic improvisations and how the group relates its non-narrative textures to classical visual art.

Aired on rTV: 2000
Performance date: 05/05/2000
Episode digital release date: 04/29/2010
Host: Phoebe Legere
Directed by Matt Mehlan
Produced by Jim Staley

The intermedia band Nneng creates live audio and video improvisations of spectacular beauty and intensity. The trio first met in the summer of 1997 at Manhattan’s Bar XVI, and the improvising group grew from their initial jams.