7th Annual Transmodern Festival April 15 – April 18, 2010
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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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    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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    citizens“I’m hanging out, coolin’, on the frames that connect the necessity and the coincidence. Formally, that is.”-Kevin Jerome Everson

    With a sense of place and historical research, my films combine scripted and documentary elements with rich elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent. The conditions are usually physical, social-economic circumstances or weather. Instead of standard realism I favor a strategy that abstracts everyday actions and statements into theatrical gestures, in which archival footage is re-edited or re-staged, real people perform fictional scenarios based on their own lives and historical observations intermesh with contemporary narratives. The films suggest the relentlessness of everyday life—along with its beauty—but also present oblique metaphors for art-making.

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    Amie Seigel

    Amie Siegel was born 1974 in Chicago, Illinois. The artist and filmmaker lives and works in New York and Berlin. Exhibitions and screenings include The Russian Linesman, The Hayward Gallery, London;  2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art; Forum Expanded, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Austrian Film Museum, Berlin International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Andy Warhol Museum, BFI Southbank, London; Frankfurt Film Museum and Film Forum in New York. Siegel has been an artist-in-residence of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, and is a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.

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    February 22nd, 2010admin4/15 - Thursday, Browse All Artists, Performance

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    Dynasty Handbag is…

    “…the most promising new performance artist currently working in New York’s downtown scene.” - Jose Munoz, Chair, Department of Performance Studies, NYU

    “…one of the most insanely funny, tone-perfect pieces of performance art I have seen in years.”- New York Times

    “A dislocating mess, in a good way…” – Time Out New York

    “No, seriously. It is great.” - Vice

    “It’s like an inner-spirit ventriloquism; the exchanges are real, her timing is perfect.” – Paper

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    Khaela Maricich Khaela Maricich is a performing artist and pop musician. Under the name The Blow she has released a number of music albums and toured nationally and internationally. Working in music venues as well as art spaces, her performances explore and exploit the conventions of each format. Her recent work interweaves elements of narrative performance art with traditional pop-show dynamics. She has presented at such venues as The Kitchen, Irving Plaza, The Warhol Museum, Henry Fonda Theater, Great American Music Hall, and Wexner Center. She lives and works in New York City.

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