Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

International Commons
Carole Weinstein International Center, University of Richmond

Image (Left): Stephen Vitiello, “The Sound of Red Earth” 2010. Commissioned by Kaldor Public Art Projects. Photo by Paul Green. Courtesy of the Artist.
Image (Right): Portrait of the Artist, 2010. Photo by Paul Green. Courtesy of the Artist.

“Electronic musician and sound artist Stephen Vitiello transforms incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes that alter our perception of the surrounding environment. He has composed music for independent films, experimental video projects and art installations, collaborating with such artists as Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler and Dara Birnbaum. In 1999 he was awarded a studio for six months on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center’s Tower One, where he recorded the cracking noises of the building swaying under the stress of the winds after Hurricane Floyd. As an installation artist, he is particularly interested in the physical aspect of sound and its potential to define the form and atmosphere of a spatial environment.”–Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain catalog for the exhibition Ce qui arrive/Unknown Quantity, 2002

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Biography: Stephen Vitiello is a sound and media artist. His work has been featured in the New York Times, BBC Radio, National Public Radio and most recently, he is the subject of a 30-minute documentary produced for Australian Television. Vitiello’s sound installations have been presented internationally, including the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the 2006 Biennial of Sydney, at the Cartier Foundation, Paris and a site-specific project on the High Line in NYC. CD releases include Bright and Dusty Things (New Albion Records), Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa), The Gorilla Variations (12k) and Box Music (12k). Since 1989, Vitiello has created numerous soundtracks for video artists including Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Joan Jonas and Eder Santos. Originally from New York, Stephen is now based in Richmond, VA where he is an Associate Professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University.