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Contact: stephenvitiello(@)gmail(.)com

Stephen Vitiello (b. 1964, New York City)
Solo exhibitions include All Those Vanished Engines, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2011-2016); A Bell For Every Minute, The High Line, NYC (2010-2011); More Songs About Buildings and Bells, Museum 52, New York (2011); and Stephen Vitiello, The Project, New York (2006). He has participated in such group exhibitions as Soundings: A Contemporary Score, Museum of Modern Art, NY (2013); Sound Objects: Leah Beeferman and Stephen Vitiello, Fridman Gallery, New York (2014); September 11, PS 1/MoMA, LIC, NY (2011-2012); the 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); Yanomami: Spirit of the Forest at the Cartier Foundation, Paris; and the 2002 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002). Vitiello has performed nationally and internationally, at locations such as the Tate Modern, London; the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; The Kitchen, New York; and the Cartier Foundation, Paris. In 2011, ABC-TV, Australia produced the documentary Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent. Awards include Creative Capital (2006) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011-2012). Vitiello is a professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.

“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

CD and LP releases include:

  • Nuvole (Cassette) with Robert Donne (Geographic North)
  • Captiva (LP) with Taylor Deupree (12k)
  • Sense Objects (7″) split 45 with Leah Beeferman (Textual Records)
  • The Spaces Contained in Each with Steve Roden (Room 40)
  • Fable with Lawrence English (Dragon’s Eye Recordings)
  • Richmond Tape Club (cassette) (SMTG LTD)
  • Between You And The Shapes You Take with Molly Berg (12k)
  • Dowsing (LP) (Farpoint Recordings)
  • MOSS, with Molly Berg, Olivia Block & Steve Roden (12k)
  • Birds in a Box, with Machinefabriek (Nuun Records)
  • Age of Insects, with mem1 (Dragon’s Eye)
  • Acute Inbetweens, with Lawrence English (Cronica)
  • The Gorilla Variations, with Molly Berg (12k)
  • Box Music, with Machinefabriek (12k)
  • Four Color Sound (Texas Gallery)
  • Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa)
  • Untitled/Exchange with Michael J. Schumacher (A Question of Re-entry)
  • Scratchy Monsters, Laughing Ghosts with David Tronzo and Michael J. Schumacher (New Albion Records)
  • Buffalo Bass Delay (Hallwalls)
  • Scanner/Vitiello (Audiosphere/Sub Rosa)
  • Bright and Dusty Things (New Albion Records)
  • Scratchy Marimba (Sulphur UK/Sulfur USA)
  • Light of Falling Cars (JDK Productions)
  • Uitti/Vitiello (JDK Productions)
  • 17:48 from the Texas Gallery (Texas Gallery)

Recent solo exhibitions include:

  • American Contemporary, NY
  • Baryshnikov Arts Center, NY
  • Testsite, Austin, TX
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
  • Museum 52, NY
  • Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney, Australia
  • The High Line, NYC.
  • Museum 52, London
  • The Project, NY
  • Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

Group exhibitions include:

  • Soundings: A Contemporary Score, Museum of Modern Art, NYC
  • Silence, Menil Collection
  • September 11, PS 1/MoMA
  • Just Listen, National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland
  • 2006 Bienale of Sydney
  • 2002 Whitney Biennial
  • Ce qui arrive at the Cartier Foundation, Paris, curated by Paul Virilio
  • Yanomami: Spirit of the Forest, also at The Cartier Foundation
  • Greater New York at PS 1/MoMA
  • Contemporary Art Center presented in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art
  • solo exhibition at the Texas Gallery, Houston, TX.

In 1999, Vitiello was awarded a 6-month WorldViews residency on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center. The residency resulted in a site-specific sound installation that has been broadcast and exhibited internationally.

In 1999, Stephen Vitiello created music for White Oak Dance Project’s See Through Knot, choreographed by John Jasperse and featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, presented at Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY.

New media productions include:

  • work for the Internet Sound Archive 7.01-7.31.01 for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with The Walker Art Center
  • ZKM and Tetrasomia, for the Dia Center for the Arts. In July 2000, Dia Center for the Arts published the CD-ROM Fantastic Prayers, a collaborative work with artist Tony Oursler, writer Constance DeJong, and composer Stephen Vitiello.

Past performances include:

  • Rothko Chapel, Houston, TX
  • Baryshnikov Arts Center, NY
  • Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
  • the Tate Modern, London
  • the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
  • the Kitchen, NYC
  • the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris
  • participation in per/Son, Cologne, Germany — a concert series of solo and collaborative pieces also featuring Pauline Oliveros, Scanner, Frances Marie-Uitti and Andres Bosshard. Per/Son was broadcast by WDR radio’s Studio Akustische Kunst program.

In addition to music-based work, Vitiello directed the videos:

  • Light Reading(s)
  • Nam June Paik: SeOUL NyMAx Performance (Dress Rehearsal and The Last Ten Minutes), 1997
  • Nam June Paik: Two Piano Concerts, 1994/1995.

Audio production credits include:

  • Nam June Paik: Works 1958-1979 (Sub Rosa)
  • various archival CDs from the archives of The Kitchen in NYC (Orange Mountain Music).

As a Media Curator, he organized:

  • With Hidden Noise for Independent Curators International/em>
  • the Sound Art component to the Whitney Museum’s exhibition The American Century: Art and Culture 1950-2000
  • Young and Restless, a video program for the Museum of Modern Art and New York
  • New Sounds, New Spaces at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon.

Over the last 20 years he has collaborated with such musicians as

  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Taylor Deupree
  • Scanner
  • Steve Roden
  • Lawrence English
  • Robert Donne
  • Frances-Marie Uitti
  • Andrew Deutsch
  • Strange Attractor (Cork and Dublin)
  • Machinefabriek
  • Yasunao Tone

…and visual artists including

  • Nam June Paik
  • Tony Oursler
  • Julie Mehretu
  • Joan Jonas
  • Eder Santos
  • Seoungho Cho
  • Pawel Wojtasik

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