Ben Nicholson


Chicago IL

benjaminnicholson3 at gmail dot com


I am a performer, writer, musician, sound designer, and developer based in Chicago, IL.

My work addresses the performance of digitally-mediated communication, particularly where text is involved.

I build interactive systems for installation and live performance. I occasionally perform within these systems myself.


2015- MFA Visual Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago IL

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


Spring Quarter 2016  Visual Language: On Images (ARTV 10100 02), University of Chicago

Winter Quarter 2016  Data Visualization: Aesthetics, Intent, and Practice (ARTV 20333 01), University of Chicago

Fall Quarter 2015  Visual Language: On Images (ARTV 10100 01), University of Chicago


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  the_1010_barriers | McCormack Family Theater - Providence, RI

2011  8bits | Granoff Center for the Creative Arts - Providence, RI

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

2010  Four Door | India Point Park - 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


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

Video/Image - Final Cut, Photoshop, Jitter

Coding - Java, Processing, Javascript, D3

Hardware - circuit design, woodworking, minor construction


2015- 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