Stephen Vitiello

(updated 11/01)

Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist.

Since 1988 he has collaborated with musicians, visual artists and choreographers, including Dara Birnbaum, John Jasperse, Joan Jeanrenaud, Rebecca Moore, Pauline Oliveros, Tony Oursler and Constance DeJong, Nam June Paik, Scanner, Yasunao Toné, Frances-Marie Uitti.

Vitiello's CD releases include Bright and Dusty Things (New Albion Records), 17:48 from the Texas Gallery, (Texas Gallery), Scratchy Marimba (Sulphur UK/Sulfur USA), Light of Falling Cars (JDK Productions) and Uitti/Vitiello (JDK Productions), with cellist, Frances-Marie Uitti.

Forthcoming exhibitions of sound installations, photographs and sculptures include a solo exhibition at The Project, NYC in February, 2002 and participation in the 2002 Whitney Biennial in March 2002.

Recent exhibitions include "BitStreams," at the Whitney Museum of American Art, "Greater New York" at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, and a solo exhibition at the Texas Gallery, Houston, TX. Additional exhibition participation includes Postmasters Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon. In 1999, Vitiello held a 6-month World Views residency on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center. The residency resulted in a site-specific sound installation. This project was awarded a "Radio/Sound Art Fellowship" from the Jerome Foundation.

In 1999, Stephen Vitiello created music for White Oak Dance Project’s See Through Knot, choreographed by John Jasperse and featuring Mikhal Barysnikov 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 and 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 Stephen Vitiello, who composed music and sound for the project. Fantastic Prayers began as a performance for Dia's Rooftop Urban Park Project and as a project for Dia's website. It was subsequently performed at The Performing Garage, New York, as an off-site event of the 1997 Whitney Biennial Exhibition; the National Galerie Hamburger Bahnhoff, Berlin; the Festival of Film and Architecture, Graz, Austria; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Past performances include Engine 27, NYC with Frances-Marie Uitti, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris with Yasunao Toné, and participation in per/Son, a concert series of solo and collaborative pieces also featuring Pauline Oliveros, Scanner, Frances Marie-Uitti and Andres Bosshard. The event was organized by the Kunsthochschule Für Medientechnologie, Koln, broadcast by WDR radio's Studio Akustische Kunst program.

In addition to music based work, Vitiello directed the videos Nam June Paik: SeOUL NyMAx Performance, 1997 - Dress Rehearsal and The Last Ten Minutes and Nam June Paik: Two Piano Concerts 1994/1995. He also produced the audio CD, Nam June Paik: Works 1958-1979 (Sub Rosa).

As a Media Curator, he curated the Sound Art component to the Whitney Museum's exhibition The American Century: Art and Culture 1950-2000 and Young and Restless a video program for the Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Fantastic Prayers