Stephen Vitiello

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Stephen Vitiello is an American visual and sound artist. Originally a punk guitarist he is influenced by video artist Nam June Paik who he worked with after meeting in 1991. He has collaborated with Pauline Oliveros, Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud, and Frances-Marie Uitti as well as visual artists Julie Mehretu, Tony Oursler and Joan Jonas.

Vitiello was a resident artist at the World Trade Center in 1999 where he recorded sounds from the 91st floor using home-built contact microphones,[1] as well as photocells and used that material in his Bright and Dusty Things album (New Albion Records) as well as in an installation environment, World Trade Center Recordings: Winds After Hurricane Floyd.[1] Vitiello has had solo exhibitions of sound installations, photographs and drawings at museums and galleries including The Project, NY, MASS MoCA, the High Line, Museum 52, Los Angeles and Galerie Almine Rech, Paris. Group exhibitions include Soundings: A Contemporary Score at the Museum of Modern Art, the 2002 Whitney Biennial,[1] the 2006 Sydney Biennale and Ce qui arrive (Unknown Quantity) curated by Paul Virilio at the Cartier Foundation, Paris. CD and LP releases include Captiva" with Taylor Deupree (12k), The Sound of Red Earth (Kaldor Public Art Projects), Box Music with Machinefabriek (12k), Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa), The Gorilla Variations (12k), and Buffalo Bass Delay (Hallwalls). Vitiello is currently a professor in the Kinetic Imaging department at Virginia Commonwealth University.[2]


Vitiello has collaborated with Harald Bode (posthumously)[3] Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler, Steve Roden, Taylor Deupree, Lawrence English, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Jem Cohen[4] to name a few.


Vitiello has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Arts, Creative Capital funding in the category of Emerging Fields, and an Alpert/Ucross Award for Music. Residencies include the Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, FL, the Sirius Art Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland and at MIT.


  1. ^ a b c "The 2002 Whitney Biennial". Brooklyn Rail. 2002. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  2. ^ "VCU Kinetic Imaging Faculty". Virginia Commonwealth University. Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-04-06.
  3. ^ "Harald Bode, Carrier Band, Andrew Deutsch, James Fei, Aaron Miller, Scanner, Steina Vasulka, Stephen Vitiello - Bode Sound Project". Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Tony Oursler, Constance DeJong, Stephen Vitiello: Fantastic Prayers". Dia Art Foundation. Retrieved 2011-10-27.

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