ExChange 01Y:: Ginny Benson, Dani Dobkin, Barbara Held and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

ExChange 01Y:: Ginny Benson, Dani Dobkin, Barbara Held and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

CT::SWaM ExChange, the monthly-ish salon-style gathering is celebrating its one year anniversary featuring sound artists, composers, intermedia artists Ginny Benson, Dani Dobkin, Barbara Held and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste.

This evening is also the opening concert for Fridman’s annual New Ear Festival::

Mon, Jan 6 2020
Fridman Gallery – both floors!
169 Bowery, NYC


An improvisational exercise in quadraphonic sound and analogue video.

BIO: Ginny Benson is an intermedia artist who explores techniques of audiovisual collage. She utilizes synthesis, sampling, and thrift electronics to create immersive compositions and live performances. She has toured extensively under the moniker VX Bliss, and has presented work at New York institutions including Lincoln Center, Pioneer Works, Electronic Arts Intermix, and Roulette Intermedium. She lives and works in Queens, NY. :


BIO: Dani Dobkin is a resonant body and artist working with sound as a sculptural medium. Their work investigates elements of noise, signal flow, forced resonance, drone texture and the liminal spaces between. As a sound artist, Dobkin works with both large and small scale ideas of sound through physical materials with a focus on intentionality and occupation of space. As a composer, Dobkin has recently been exploring the vast sonic landscape of ceramic and clay material. Their work has been shown both locally and internationally. Dobkin lives and works in New York where they hold an MFA in Sound Art from Columbia University, teaches sound and synthesis at Bard College, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Music Composition at Columbia University. // :

BARBARA HELD Experiment for flute, electronics and space

BIO: Barbara Held is a flutist and composer who lives in Barcelona, Spain. Her practice as a classically trained musician gives priority to a lifetime of collaboration, of interdisciplinary work in relation to other artists.  She has performed a very personal body of new repertoire for flute by both Spanish and American composers, including Alvin Lucier’s “Self-Portrait” for flute and wind anemometer, and film and performance work with Carles Santos and poet Joan Brossa. Known for her subtle exploration of the minutae of sonic material, she creates sensitive, focused sound work that exposes the detail of the physical space of listening in equal part to a keen attention to how we listen as bodies moving through the world.


BIO: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a New York based artist, composer, and performer. He received a Bessie Award for Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design in 2018 and has presented visual and performance work at spaces including MoMA PS1 (NY); Performance Space New York (NY); The Brooklyn Museum (NY); The Kitchen (NY); The Studio Museum in Harlem (NY); The High Line (NY); The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA); FringeArts, (PA); Tanz Im August at HAU3 (Berlin); and Stoa Cultural Center (Helsinki). Toussaint-Baptiste was a 2017 artist- in-residence at Issue Project Room and has also contributed writing to Artforum. He is a founding member of the performance collective Wildcat! and frequently collaborates with artists across media, including Will Rawls, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Claudia Rankine, King Vision Ultra, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and Jonathan Gonzalez. Toussaint-Baptiste holds an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performance and Interactive Media Arts program.

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