Stephen Vitiello, professor and chair of Kinetic Imaging, was recently featured in Mistake House, an annual magazine from the English department of Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. The feature includes an interview with the artist, samples of his work and a description of his creative process.
Throughout my career, collaboration has been a critical part of how (and even why) I make the work that I do. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with incredible musicians, artists, poets, choreographers, novelists and, most recently, scientists. I have collaborated with a number and caliber of extraordinary artists and musicians including Tony Oursler, Pauline Oliveros, Julie Mehretu, Scanner, Steve Roden, Taylor Deupree and Ryuichi Sakamoto as well as poets, writers and scientists including Claudia Rankine, Paul Park and Kasey Fowler-Finn PhD. These projects create dialogues across disciplines. They offer me opportunities to learn and to find new audiences beyond my field (sound art). In the past two years, I have begun working with a scientist, Dr. Kasey Fowler-Finn from St. Louis University. I initially invited Dr. Fowler-Finn to work with me on an installation presented at Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (iCAT). We produced many hours of recordings at Mountain Lake Biological Station (MLBS) in Pembroke, VA. I then created a spatial composition, based on many of the sounds that we captured. In a public lecture, Dr. Butch Brodie (the director of the MLBS residency) said that our project proved to him that not only could artists benefit from working with scientists but that scientists could also benefit from working with artists. Dr. Fowler-Finn subsequently asked me to work with her on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project.