7th Annual Transmodern Festival April 15 – April 18, 2010
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    CAST, a site-specific, sound-art installation located at Fells Point, Thames Street and South Broadway at the end of the pier on the water, amplifies the interstitial sounds reflected by the surface boundary between the water and the air.  The audience will experience this liminal space as an acoustic mix between the “normal” sounds heard above the water and the submersed sounds hidden below the water. CAST creates a deep listening duet between these two unlikely acoustic environments.  The water surface operates as a tympanum or drum being struck from both sides: the noisy rumblings of the Baltimore Inner Harbor district beat upon the upper surface; the aquatic echoes and bay currents reverberate against the underside to complete the listener’s circuit of perception.

    Steve Bradley is an inter-media artist who currently works with low-frequency sound that resonates below the threshold of human hearing, but when broadcast on-site, reveals the structure of environmental acoustics. Using minimal processing, he isolates micro artifacts of sound that become the core material for video, networked live performance, and low-power, site-relational radio.  In 1998, Steve Bradley founded art@radio, a net-broadcast through which he conducts streamed projects in remote locations where participants perform simultaneously.  He is a co-founder and active member of URBANtells.net, whose work focuses on the intricacies between the architecture, cityscape and the human and cultural geography found within any city. URBANtells’ art practice involves the use of various forms of low and high technology to engage the residents, transients and lost inhabitants of the city.

    Bradley has toured and recorded with Alien Productions/edition Kunstradio in Austria; exhibited at Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, and at Seville Biennial; was commissioned by Sonic Circuits to perform at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and he was included in a limited-edition, artbox cd by Public Guilt Records, Baltimore.

    The Baltimore <-> Rotterdam Sister City invited Bradley, an active member of URBANtells.net to be their exchange artist for a continuing sound radio project in Rotterdam/Baltimore. Most recently, Bradley installed a commissioned sound sculpture in Wattenmeer mud flats on the North German coast; during low tide, the North Sea winds and rising water played the instrument.

    Steve Bradley teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and currently serves as the Graduate Program Director of the Imaging and Digital Arts MFA program.

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    untitled emergency survival tactic #8 (expertise vs. dilettantism in potability, trust, and personal purity)Marian April Glebes is an emerging conceptual and mixed-media artist whose installations are built of the remnants of elaborate processes that are futile or ridiculous, metaphoric, and temporary. Her works address issues of the urban/suburban environment, the character and power of the artist, and the use of site-specificity and the art object as a tool for social change. Glebes has exhibited in Baltimore, Washington DC, and Chicago galleries, including Heaven Gallery, Gallery Four, the Creative Alliance, Goucher College, Area 405, MICA, and the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture at UMBC. Having received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2005 and her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2009, Glebes has made her home in Baltimore, and currently facilitates commercial real estate development in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District under Guppy Management Services. She is a curator for Artscape and the Metro Gallery in Baltimore, The Douglas Street Music Collective in New York City, and co-curator of Baltimore Design Conversations. Glebes is a member of the Charles Street Trolley Committee, the Baltimore City Forestry Board, and presently serves as Treasurer for the Baltimore D:center.

    Marian will do a day long scientific experiment/performance in which she will become artist/scientist and filter the harbour water, using a filter built of found natural materials throughout baltimore city.

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    sandpile-montage-200Understanding commodities, v.1: several investigations into the method and logic of the self-organizing sands of Baltimore.

    Dylan Gauthier & Elizabeth Knafo will perform a series of experiments to expand our understanding of the nature (flows, exchange values, self-organized criticality) of the iconic dunes.

    Elizabeth Knafo is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with print design, video and as a food justice organizer with the Brooklyn Food Coalition and runs Green My Bodega with Dylan Gauthier: a media activism and organizing project designed to connect local farmers and their goods to central Brooklyn bodegas. She has worked as a designer in publishing, as a teaching artist and is currently getting her MFA at Hunter College. This summer she will be farming for a small CSA in Brooklyn.

    Dylan Gauthier is an artist, activist and performer based in New York City, where he also builds boats as 1/3 of the Mare Liberum boatbuilding and publishing collective. The collective has shown boats and staged workshops domestically and internationally, and locally at venues such as the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York and the EFA Project Space in Manhattan. Prior to that, Dylan ran the Empty Vessel Project, a floating art and sustainability experiment on the Gowanus Canal. Dylan is also an MFA Candidate in the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College.

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    Scott and girlsScott Pennington lives in a world of part time jobs, full time jobs, financial responsibilities, the nonstop ticking of the clock and a paradox looming at every corner. He is currently in the midst of a minor crisis. The paradigm through which he interprets external reality is wildly swinging back and forth between a nicely organized and compartmentalized outlook on the world to a puzzling and curious view in which all borders and segregations between seemingly unrelated items has been removed. Simultaneously he is reflecting on the purpose and meaning of ‘work’ in general. Are the things we do, be it at your day job or in your studio, understandable to the masses? Do they need to be? Are these tasks we perform necessary to the greater population of our city and if so do people recognize and appreciate this? Are these tasks meaningless to anyone other than ourselves and possibly a few others? We must keep doing things in order to get to the next thing but are we doing the right thing? This is the dilemma at hand.

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    stephanie rothenberg 2Stephanie Rothenberg’s interdisciplinary practice merges performance, installation and networked media to create provocative interactions that question the boundaries and social constructs of manufactured desires. Her recent work investigates new models of online labor and the virtualization of the global workplace. Stephanie has lectured and exhibited at venues including the Sundance Film Festival, Banff New Media Institute, Trampoline Radiator Festival New Technology Art and ISEA. In 2009 she received a Creative Capital grant and has recently participated in artist residencies at Eyebeam and Harvestworks in NYC. She is Associate Professor of Visual Studies at University at Buffalo

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    3361791352_25a4ab3604_oLiz Zacharia creates spaces that invite people to participate in the revelation of everyday phenomenon. For Liz phenomenon not only refers to how the light bounces off the water, but how people become friends. This participation reminds the viewer of their active role in shaping the piece. She graduated from MICA in 2003 and has since found herself back in the classroom teaching art to kids all over her hometown of LA and here in Baltimore. She is thrilled to return to school at Columbia Teachers College next fall to learn more about art education.

    Such a lot of world to sea
    Viewers will be invited to send a small simple steamboat to me as I sit alone on an island serenading them with the song moon river.
    Then I will send the boat back to them with a surprise inside for them to keep.

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    Seasonal Affected Disorder and Daniel Van Allen will collaborate in an interactive aquatic performance. Nikki Smith, Selena Schreyer and Daniel Van Allen, perform as sea witches  launching tiny coffins and collected offerings from the La malachinche, Dan’s outrigger sailing canoe. The Sea Witches will be distributing babies of winter and collecting offerings to be buried at sea for the duration of the day.
    Daniel Van Allen is a visionary artist working in Baltimore since 1980. His work includes environments, mixed media constructions, wood and metal sculpture, painting, art cars and boats and photography.

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    fluid movement


    Hilda and Bilda two robust Milk Maids extrodinaire, will work you out to lovely german remixed folk music.

    Joe Meduza has been performing, creating and expressing himself in and around Baltimore since 1991. Conspirator with the former Haus of Frau, former member of Charm City Kitty Club, fixture at the 14Karat Cabaret, sometimes Milkmaid and Fluid Movement Producer, Director and swimmer. Whether in front of or behind the curtain, he Loves being part of a show.
    Laura Dulski is a performer Milk Maid and Fluid Movement fixture who loves fancy costumes and doing unusual things in unusual settings.

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    Gary Kachadourian will set up a folding chair and a peg board wall and sell memorabilia commemorating his favorite sites located in the area around where he lives and travels.

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    Umber, ochre and sienna colored home made watercolor paints are made exclusively from pigments derived from the Chesapeake Bay water. Lisa Moren will be painting and displaying postcard watercolors by herself and artists from all across America who use her pigments. Visitors are invited to paint their own watercolor, buy a postcard, or just see how ingredients make the Bay paintings sparkle!

    Lisa Moren is an artist who makes small gestures that deals with temporality, reality and poetic metaphor often out of big media. Her project “Récord, Recórd, recollection II” was exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum in NYC (2008) while other projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Arts (2003); and a Fulbright Scholar in Prague (2006). Her research has been published in Performance Research, England; Visible Language, Providence; and other places. Lisa Moren is an Associate Professor at UMBC and lives with her husband and two small children.

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