“As our gaze peers off into the distance, imagination takes over reality…” 2016


The relation between the world as we see it and the world as we understand it to be is all wrapped up in abstraction, the act of emphasizing some details in order to dispense with others. My artistic interest in abstraction and computation is an interest in the world as it is versus the world as we read into and conceptualize it. As our gaze peers off into the distance, imagination takes over reality… is site-specific public artwork that uses a photographic image of the surrounding site as raw material. (more…)

“Watching (Blade Runner) (Work in Progress)” 2016

Video Sequence A (250MB) | Video Sequence B (180MB)


Watching (Blade Runner) (Work in Progress) is one channel of what is envisioned as a two channel generative video installation that was the focus of my tenure as a Banff Artist in Residence. Two seven minutes sequences were exhibited as part of the Open Studios in the Project Space at the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre in February 2016. These two sequences use different clips from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and show the development of the work through the residency, as documented on the production blog. (more…)

“Watching and Dreaming (2001: A Space Odyssey) (version 1)” 2014

Installation Video (350MB) | Detail Video (43MB) | Promo Package (PDF)


An image is a reference to some aspect of the world which contains within its own structure and in terms of its own structure a reference to the act of cognition which generated it. It must say, not that the world is like this, but that it was recognized to have been like this by the image-maker, who leaves behind this record: not of the world, but of the act. (Harold Cohen, What is an image? 1979)


“An Artist in Process:
A Computational Sketch of Dreaming Machine #3″ 2012

Video Documentation | Video Documentation w/ Interview

Results of the mini-residency and exhibition of work in progress towards Dreaming Machine #3 at New Forms Festival 2012.

Photo Credit: Scott Kaplan


“Typographic Entanglement” 2010

Jonathan Aitken, Greg Corness, Ben Bogart, Kristin Carlson & Rayann Gordon

Video Documentation

This performance represents a continuing exploration of the role of kinetic typography in live performance. Part of a research project funded by SSHRC, the performance explores the relationship between typographic “characters” and dancers. Through the use of near-infrared tracking systems, the dancers are given a measure of control over the movement of words—influencing meaning through motion. Dancers find themselves in a world of words and attempt to develop a shared language.


“Step & Repeat #2” 2009

Video Documentation


“Step & Repeat #2” is an interactive video installation and is a recreation of “Step & Repeat” (2003) using Arduino and high-resolution video. For each step the user takes toward the screen the character on-screen takes a step toward the user.

Rather than being controlled by the user, the character’s actions are based on an interpretation of the user’s actions. Sometimes this interpretation is correct and sometimes it is not. The character does not respond immediately to stimulus but only after an indeterminate period of time. The character’s behaviour is meant to be mischievous.


“Dreaming Machine #2” 2009

Video Documentation (Hong Kong) (10MB)
Video Documentation (São Paulo) (183MB)
Dream Sequence (Montréal) (83MB)
Selection of Dreams from Hong Kong, São Paulo and Montréal (340MB)


Can a machine dream? (more…)

“Self-Organized Landscapes” 2009-2011

View Landscapes | Promo Package (PDF)


Self-Organized Landscapes are site-specific print collages composed of thousands of close-up photos that are taken with a camera that pans and tilts to examine the visual context surrounding a particular site. These landscapes present a fractured and multifaceted alien perspective of a particular place in space and time. (more…)

“Dreaming Machine #1” (prototype) 2008

Image | Video Documentation | Dream Video

Dreaming Machine #1 masthead

Can a machine dream?

Dreams are a complex interaction between our bodies, minds, memories, and experiences. “Dreaming Machine” is a trajectory of site-specific artistic works exploring the topic of dreaming. “Dreaming Machine #1” (prototype) is the first in the series. During the day, the work examines its visual context. Stimulus from the visual context inspires day dreams through its experience. At night the work freely associates elements of its experience and presents them to the audience. (more…)

“Memory Association Machine:
Study of Cognitive Processes #1″ 2007
(aka “Self-Other Organizing Structure #1”)

Images | PDCON07 Paper | PDCON07 Video


“Memory Association Machine” is the first prototype in a series of site-specific responsive installations. Rather than depending on the artist to define how these works relate to their site, the task is given to the artwork itself. The structure of the artwork changes in response to continuous stimulus from its context. (more…)

“Resurfacing” 2006

Ben Bogart & Donna Marie Vakalis

Images | Prototype Video | Installation Video

Resurfacing Website | Resurfacing: Byward Market Website


“Resurfacing” captures and archives snapshots or moments in the urban cityscape. These moments are evaluated both by the dynamics within the frame and by the behaviour of the audience. The public both explores and evaluates these moments through a tactile interface. (more…)

“Reflex” 2006

Images | Video


“Reflex” is my latest improvisational work. It is a creative departure for me since it involves both the creation of sound and image simultaneously. “Reflex” stands out as a generative work since the equation used is not something I wrote nor fully understand. (more…)

“Floatscript” 2005

Prototype Video | Exhibition Video


“Floatscript” is an interactive installation. The viewer is greeted to a touch-screen. The image of the screen shows a number of small words subtly floating in the background. When the viewer touches the screen the words and pulled up to the surface, increasing in size and brightness. When the viewer stops touching the screen the words slowly fade back into the ether. (more…)

“Vector” 2005

Images | Video (low, 25MB) | Video (high, 250MB)


“Vector” is the continuation of Volume Curvature. There is a similar emphasis on form in space, but the main focal point for vector is a strong sense of line whereas Volume Curvature often becomes abstracted to the point of texture. Vector was first performed as part of pixelACHE 2005 in Helsinki, Finland.

“Volume Curvature” 2005



Volume Curvature is a performance piece settled in the body of work known as Self-Similar. During performance, complex organic volumes are created. I think of these volumetric forms as virtual kinetic sculpture. The colours, structure and style of the piece are inspired by the architectural work of Frank Gehry. The piece is a fusion of the structure of music over time and architecture. This performance is the first iteration of Volume Curvature. In future development the piece will be realized as an interactive installation.

“Self-Similar” 2004

Images | Video


Self-Similar is a visual performance piece centered on the fractal theme of self similarity. Self-Similar generates images though an OpenGL feedback process so that the part resembles the whole. Self-Similar is performed live in response to an audience and musical context. (more…)

“Threads” 2004

Images | Video Documentation


“Threads” is a visual performance piece that uses letters and words as the material of the image. (more…)

“Step & Repeat” 2003



“Step & Repeat” is an interactive video installation. For each step the user takes toward the screen the character on-screen takes a step toward the user. (more…)

“Oracle” 2003

Images | Video Documentation | Project Source (230MB)


“Oracle” is an interactive new media installation. It uses real-time weather data, chaos math, and the presence of the viewer(s), to create abstract narratives framed as oracles. (more…)

“Engineered” 2001



Science is a system of knowledge. Medicine is a branch of science that deals with the human body. Science categorizes, cuts, dissects and projects in order to come to knowledge. (more…)