7th Annual Transmodern Festival April 15 – April 18, 2010
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    _wallmaggThe Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC partners with the Transmodern Festival to screen Maggots and Men, an experimental, historical narrative set in post-revolutionary Russia. The film re-tells the story of the 1921 uprising of the Kronstadt sailors with a subtext of gender anarchy. A thoughtful homage to Soviet, silent era directors and artists of the Russian avant-garde, the film explores themes of re-invention, revolution, community, and corruption.
    Screening: Sunday, April 8th, 6:00pm
    Directions & Info: http://www.umbc.edu/cadvc/news/

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    Presented with support from the UMBC Dresher Center for the Humanities, Deparment of Visual Arts, and Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture.

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    pluSince 1991 Vicki Bennett has been making CDs, radio, and A/V multimedia under the name People Like Us. Ever since she has been animating and recontextualising found footage collages with an equally witty and dark view of popular culture with a surrealistic edge, both pre-recorded and in a live setting. Vicki has shown work at, amongst others, Tate Modern, The National Film Theatre, Purcell Room, The ICA, Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre, Sonar in Barcelona and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She has also performed radio sessions for BBC’s John Peel, Mixing It, and also CBC, KPFA and does a regular radio show on WFMU which has had over 3/4 million realplayer hits.

    2008 saw the launch of the first People Like Us Retrospective, at alt.gallery in Newcastle Upon Tyne, a feature in The Wire, the release of online-only album Rhapsody in Glue with artist Ergo Phizmiz, and a CD curated for Sonic Arts Network entitled Smiling Through My Teeth.

    Vicki recently completed and exhibited the Great North Run Moving Image Commission 2009, and is now touring a new live A/V set entitled Genre Collage, premiering at Vancouver New Music Festival and BFI Southbank.

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    4323107329_c2d5b7db61Since 2005, Baltimore’s Lexie Mountain Boys have gleefully challenged notions of gender, upturned the sacred and profane, and always provedconfounding. Questionable, disobedient, unsettling, unexpected: LexieMountain Boys performances range from the frothy & catchy to the downright confusing. For Transmodern 2010, Lexie Mountain Boys create
    an anthropological event and debut the trailer for Nathaniel Fowler’s documentary of the Boys. Fowler, formerly of Baltimore, is known for his work turning parties upside down in the Baltimore Rowdies
    Collective and rock trio Oxes. As driver for the Boys throughout Europe, the UK and Scandinavia, Nat attempts to answer the question ”What is Lexie Mountain Boys?” At the BMA, Lexie Mountain Boys will devise a series of questions for his answer.

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    photobyfrank_hamiltonRobby Rackleff is a video and performance artist who lives in Baltimore. He is a recent graduate of the Mount Royal MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a member of Wham City.

    Robby will be screening videos at Gallery Four on Friday, April 16th, and performing live at Floristree on Friday, April 17th.

    http://dothemathcomics.com

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    Picture 3Ben Russell is an itinerant media artist and curator whose films and performances have been presented in spaces ranging from 14th Century Belgian monasteries to 17th Century East India Trading Co. buildings, police station basements to outdoor punk squats, Japanese cinematheques to Parisian storefronts, and solo screenings at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art.  A 2008 Guggenheim award recipient, Ben began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, is co-director of the artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago, and he currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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    MTADSTILLLaida Lertxundi b.1981. is from Bilbao Spain. She makes experimental films and curates film and video art screenings for Xcéntric programming series at Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, since 2002. She has curated independently at California Institue of the Arts, Museum of Fine Arts Bilbao-ZineBi and currently teaches at UCSD Visual Arts Program. Her writing has appeared publications by CCCB and Documenta, Madrid. Her work explores the terrain of diegetic space, by creating a particular sound and image syntax. She is interested in the histories of experimental film, the possibility of a feminine language and the blurring of art and life. Her films create moments of “down time” of a time in between events. Much is left beyond the frame and only gestures and moments are captured in these non-stories with non-actors. It has appeared among other places at MoMa (NY), LACMA (Los Angeles), RedCat (Los Angeles), National Gallery of Ireland, and New York Film Festival, Views of the Avant-Garde.

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    towerliottaJeanne Liotta makes films and other cultural ephemera. She splits her time between New York City and Boulder Colorado where she is presently an assistant professor in the Film Studies program. Her most recent body of work takes place in a constellation of mediums investigating the cosmic landscape at a curious interesection of art, science, and natural philosophy

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    6-Vanitas-stillshironakaNadia Hironaka received her Masters of Fine Art from The Art Institute of Chicago and her Bachelors of Fine Art from The University of the Arts. Currently she resides in Philadelphia and is a professor at The Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellow and received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2006. Other awards include: The Leeway Foundation, Peter Stuyvessant Fish Award in Media Arts, prog:me video artist award, The Black Maria Film Festival, and The New York Short Exposition Film Festival. Her films and video installations have been exhibited internationally in: PULSAR (Venezuela), Rencontres Internationals (Paris/Berlin), The Den Haag Film and Video Festival (The Netherlands), The Center for Contemporary Arts (Kitakyushu, Japan), The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Morris Gallery, The Black Maria Film Festival, The Donnell Library (NYC), The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), The Galleries at Moore College of Art (Philadelphia), and Vox Populi, (Philadelphia). Hironaka’s second solo museum exhibtion “The Late Show” was recently presented at Arizona State University Art Museum.

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    onaphantomlimbNancy Evelyn Andrews lives in Seal Harbor, Maine, where she makes films and music. Her work explores questions like: What is our place in the universe? What do we really know? How do we try to grasp the past, or the future? How can humans interface with the natural world at this juncture in history? She works in a hybrid form combining storytelling, documentary, puppetry, animation, and vaudeville. Her characters and stories are synthesized from various sources, including history and autobiographical material. Her work has been presented by the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Flaherty Seminar, Nova, Cinema Bioscoop, Brussels, Belgium, and Taiwan International Animation Festival, among others; and is in the film collections of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, LEF New England Moving Image Fund, Illinois State Arts Council, The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (supported by the Jerome Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts), and National Endowment for the Arts. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Fine Arts in 1995, and her undergraduate studies were at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, BFA, 1983.

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    thehills4biermannGregg Biermann is a video and multimedia artist whose work comes out of the avant-garde  filmmaking tradition. His work takes advantage of digital technologies to advance rigorous compositional strategies.The development of new tools has often determined aesthetic innovations. Consequently, I’ve looked to new technologies to discover vast unspoiled frontiers no longer available to small gauge filmmakers interested in exploring cinematic form. Most of these works could not have been achieved in earlier periods and are deeply rooted in digital technology. The meaning of digital technology lies in its ability to copy, alter, mask, fragment, super-impose, mutate, reflect, transmit and reframe.

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