Ben Nicholson

Silver Lake

Los Angeles CA

benjaminnicholson3 at gmail dot com


I am a performer, writer, musician, and businessman based in Los Angeles, CA.


2018- PhD Media Arts + Practice, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA

2017  MFA Visual Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago IL

2011  BA Electronic Music and Multimedia and BA Literary Arts, Brown University, Providence RI


Winter 2018

Visual Language: On Images - Art in the Age of Infinite Replicability (ARTV 10100)


Fall 2019

Sonic Media Art (IML 328) , Albert Ortega, University of Southern California

Fall 2019

Reality Starts Here (CNTV 101), University of Southern California

Spring 2017

Data and Algorithm in Art (ARTV 32502), Jason Salavon, University of Chicago

Spring 2017

Transmedia Puzzle Design & Performance (TAPS 34410), Sandy Weisz, University of Chicago

Winter 2017

Graduate Seminar: Hansel and Gretel (ARTV 39200), William Pope L., University of Chicago

Winter 2017

Advanced Study in Theater:  Games & Performance (TAPS 38810), Heidi Coleman and Patrick Jagoda, University of Chicago

Fall 2016

Visual Language: On Images (ARTV 10100), Laura Letinsky, University of Chicago

Fall 2016

Alternate Reality Games: Theory and Production (BPRO 28700), Heidi Coleman and Patrick Jagoda, University of Chicago

Spring 2016

Visual Language: On Images (ARTV 10100), Nicole Mauser, University of Chicago

Winter 2016

Data Visualization: Aesthetics, Intent, and Practice (ARTV 20333), Jason Salavon and Gordon Kindlmann, University of Chicago

Fall 2015

Visual Language: On Images (ARTV 10100), Bob Peters, University of Chicago

Spring 2011

On Songs and Songwriting (MUSC450), Katherine Bergeron and Butch Rovan, Brown University

Fall 2010

Sound Design (MUSC1250), Jim Moses, Brown University


2019 disInc. presents: Corporation v. Corpse | PAMLA 2019 - San Diego, CA

2019 The Last PowerPoint | Hollywood Fringe Festival - Los Angeles, CA

2019 disInc. presents: until death do me part | iMAPpening @ USC School of Cinematic Arts - Los Angeles, CA

2017  MBI Presents: Term Life Assurance™ | Logan Center for the Arts – Chicago, IL

2017  And and and (UChicago MFA Thesis Show) | Logan Center for the Arts – Chicago, IL

2016-2017  The Institute for Recurrent Progress (w/ Kyle Hossli) | Open House Contemporary – Chicago, IL

2016  The Path Is Not Linear (Group Show) | Gallery Blanc - Chicago, IL

2016  blackPixel on whiteEmptiness | Emerging Illinois Artists Triennial @ McLean County Arts Center - Bloomington, IL

2016  Partial Foods (fruit punch) | FOTA: Sight x Sound - Chicago, IL

2016  Mip | Kitchen Sink Presents: A Pop Up Museum @ Cornell Florist - Chicago, IL

2015  to begin | Immerse Yourself Opening: Brown University CAVE - Providence, RI

2011  love_me | Honors Thesis Performance - Providence, RI

2011  System | Opening of Granoff Center for the Creative Arts - Providence, RI

2010  invoke(Object object); | Brown University CIT - Providence, RI

2009  224 | Zenman Improvisations V2, performed by Ulrich Maiss - Providence, RI

2009  to begin | Pixilerations Art Festival - Providence, RI


2019 “The Living Corpse as Archive and Repertoire” | Neil Postman Graduate Conference in Media, Culture and Communication @ NYU - New York, NY

2019 “This Corpse is Your Corpse, This Corpse is My Corpse: Laughing with Our Tentacular Terminus” | PAMLA 2019 - San Diego, CA

2019 “Corpse Subjectivity: A Proposal for an Alternative to the Corporate Subject” | SASE 2019 @ The New School - New York, NY

2019  “EMOVAC: Designing a Mixed Reality Experience for 5G” | IEEE GEM 2019 @ Yale - New Haven, CT


2019 FringeReview (link)

2019 Indie Voice Blog (link)

2018 Wired (link)

2017  UChicago News (link) 

2016  The Chicago Maroon (link)


Audio - Max/MSP, ProTools, Reaper, live sound, studio recording, theatrical sound

Video/Image - Final Cut, Photoshop, Jitter

Coding - Java, Processing, Javascript, D3

Software – Microsoft Office

Hardware - circuit design, woodworking, minor construction


2019- disIncorporated, Sole Proprietor and CEO

2018 EMOVAC, Project Manager

2018-2019 methinks, Project Manager

2016-2017  parasite, Project Manager

2016-2017  Chartmetric, Partnerships

2015-2018  GoGlobal Consulting, Lead Consultant

2011-15  TuneIn, Inc., Business Development Manager, Emerging Content Manager

2010-11  Brown University Multimedia Labs, Emerging Technologist and Consultant

2009-11  Brown University Music Department, Departmental Computer Coordinator

2007-10  Brown Student and Community Radio, Technical Director