Icaros No.3 (Prelude) features video content taken from recent site-specific research trip to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.The imagery features drone footage of the Pacaya Samiria Reservation located in the northern Peruvian Amazon rainforest. The sound composition on this video work features sample excerpts from Pauline Oliveros lectures on Deep Listening mixed with original field recordings taken at the Amazon Jungle. The sound is also mixed with electro acoustic instruments and digital software. This is the first video of an in-progress series of video poems called “Rituals and Meditations of a Native Cyborg” that conceptually deal with nature and native cultures in the age of new technology.
Erick Antonio Benitez (b.1988, Bronx, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, organizer and curator based in Baltimore, Maryland. They received their BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has exhibited work at Connor Smith Gallery (DC), The Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), Greenpoint Gallery (NY), Gaddis Geeslin Gallery (TX), Strange Fire Collective (CO), Galerie B-312 (Montreal, QC), Metafora Studio Arts (Barcelona, ES) and Simultan Festival (Timișoara, RO). Their work has been reviewed by The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, BmoreArt, The American Scholar, Terremoto (MX) and Le Devoir (QC). Benitez is also a recipient of the Ruby Artist Project grant, MASB Travel Artist Award, Janet and Walter Sondheim Award and has participated in The Studios residency at MASS MoCA. Recently Benitez has received a Baltimore Light City Festival commission and an invitation to Pigment Sauvage “La Track” residency in Montreal, Canada.