7th Annual Transmodern Festival April 15 – April 18, 2010
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    Viking Funeral

    The only way into the Viking Heaven of Valhalla is to die in battle or
    in childbirth. You’re sent on your way on a flaming ship, with a
    beautiful meal and perhaps a slave companion. We all have our
    projects. relationships and dreams that die in battle, or in birth.
    Let’s send them to heaven. We will build a ship, set it aflame on the
    harbor, and give a hero’s goodbye to those things we held dear which
    died a valiant death.

    Jane Vincent and Gina Denton will perform last rites, place objects,
    memoirs, mementos, and written descriptions on a hand built ship, and
    set it on fire and sail it off into the harbor.

    Jane Vincent is a musician, artist, and housecleaner. She is a
    Philadelphia native who has lived in Baltimore for 6 years.She has
    many projects which are ready for a proper send-off to Valhalla.

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    IMG_0512Virginia Warwick graduated from Rinehart School of Sculpture in May of 2008 where she started using fictional narratives transforming them into surreal performances and sculptures, giving voice to those who cannot speak, giving life to inanimate objects. Dressed as a squirrel or sea turtle she empowers the creature and makes people aware of non-human life forms. In her most recent work, she has focused on Olivia the Sea Turtle. One can find Olivia trying to blend in along side humans while picking up a gig bartending or serving fish at a party. Adopting the role of an artist, Olivia creates art based upon how humans perceive sea life.

    Olivia the sea turtle has been on land for over a year now, navigating her way around trying to fit in and blend into a human lifestyle as best she can. She has adopted the role of an artist as a way to express her heart ache for her separation from her soon to be ex wife Arial the mermaid. To catch you up to date: Olivia arrived on land a year ago when she discovered her wife, Arial the mermaid cheating on her with a merman. Olivia went out to a local bar with her best friend Sebastian, got hammered, blacked out and some how arrived on land. Olivia has since then remained making herself accustomed to human life trying to fit in as best she can to escape a direct confrontation with Arial.

    For the Pedestrian Service Exquisite Olivia plans on dressing as a pirate and looting booty. That’s what people expect to see on a water front, right? Pirates?

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     fluid movementLOVE PARADE  
    Fluid Movement will set up a station stocked with balloon hats, bridesmaid dresses and other spectacular decorations.  Everyone is encouraged to deck themselves out, wear their heart on their sleeve and feel the LOVE.  The afternoon will culminate in a Love Parade, led by the Barrage Band Orchestra and featuring YOU, your kids, friends and neighbors!

     Fluid Movement is a Baltimore-based performance art group that juxtaposes complex subject matter with delightful and unexpected mediums. We create art that is accessible, and often educational, for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Our performances are created for urban spaces, in Baltimore and beyond. We encourage a sincere understanding and appreciation for city life and city dwellers through our work.

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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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    SEA WITCHES BURY THE BABIES OF WINTER 

    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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    An Investigation of Fluidity in Baltimore’s Harbor
    There are more things that are fluid besides water in Baltimore’s Harbor. Angie Young and Jaimes Mayhew will be conducting participatory research that will explore ideas that  involve ideas associated with fluidity such as change, flux, transcendence, becoming and movement through interviews and participant directed documentation.

    Angie Young is a documentary filmmaker, artist and activist. Angie’s most recent film, The Coat Hanger Project, explores the significance of the coat hanger to abortion rights. Angie has screened her films across the United States as well as internationally.

    Jaimes Mayhew is an artist interested in social models for creative explorations. Jaimes is currently a candidate for an MFA from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is the CAmm Cage Manager at Creative Alliance Movie Makers.

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    MADHU

    WHAT IS IT THERE?

     What Is it Like There? is an interactive project in which I ask participants to share with me an experience of a place where they have just been. This place might be on the Baltimore waterfront itself or further afield. I will ask participants to tell me a story, offer a description and explore their associations with that place. I will respond to each participant with a story or description of my own that responds to the particular theme or tone of each participant’s story. For instance, if a participant describes a boat ride in the harbor and the view of the city from the water, I might offer a description of another city seen from another body of water. This project is an opportunity for exchange between myself (as a stranger in Baltimore) and local residents. It opens up space for me to imagine the places that occupy the imagination of residents of Baltimore and allows them to imagine the places that occupy my imagination as a stranger.

    Madhu Kaza is a writer, artist and educator currently living in New York.

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    4401894140_6e4f28d920Rock Angels
    The look for this work was first sparked by images of the glamrock band, Angel, who performed in the 1970′s. I want embellish this vision of “Rock Angels” consisting of two men and two women. The angel costumes they wear will be part Ice Capades, part Glam, and part TV Evangelist. For the mustached long haired male half of the quartet, the garb aims to be stylishly emasculating. Among the materials I have chosen for construction is glissenette, a transparent flesh colored stretch fabric used in figure skating. I also plan on using lots of satin stretch, feathers, artificial birds, sequins, and cross pendants.  The participants will be carrying small harps and lutes. They will randomly choose a subject of their affection and follow and serenade the onlooker for extended periods of time. Other angel activities will develop as the vision is materialized.

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    l_091121_0Elizabeth Fuller is a mixed media artist and designer of wearable technology at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Department. Fuller mixes her background in communications and web development with her current work in physical computing and wearable technology to design instinctual interactive wearable devices. Recently she has been coordinating FashionCamp NY, a biannual unconference for participants throughout the fields of fashion and technology to discuss the future of fashion. She is now researching her thesis on liminal wearable interfaces.

    Walking Home
    Walking Home is a dress that plays sounds from a garden as the wearer negotiates their urbane environment. While walking in the dress, the wearer is in a transitional space between west coast and east coast, nature and city scape, family unit and individual–two environments, two coasts, two homes.

    The dress plays recordings from the artist’s garden in California taken by the artist’s sister. These recordings are triggered by switches sewn into the dress. By moving in the dress, the wearer activates the switches. Thus, by walking in the dress, the wearer walks in two different environments: the physical cityscape, and the audio environment of the artists garden in California.

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    THE HARBOR PLACE  SCHOOL OF FISH and SEA LIFE
    Professor Fish invites the public to join his students for a series of free lectures at the Harbor Place School of Fish and Sea Life. Lectures will cover a variety of subjects including History of the Chesapeake Bay, Ecology, and Political Science. The school is a toy theater housed in a milk crate on the back of a bicycle. The classroom inside will feature small puppets of Chesapeake Bay sealife, including fish, seagulls, turtles, crabs and oysters. 

    Valeska Maria Populoh is a performer, artist and teacher living in Baltimore, MD. She teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and collaborates with a variety of community arts organizations and artists, including Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Fluid Movement, Nanaprojects and Ambush Theater. Many of her collaborative public performances are staged under the name of the Cause Company.


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