Monday, April 12, 2010

The 7th Annual Transmodern Festival

The 7th Annual Transmodern Festival
Four Days of Avant Performance, Installation, Sound, Film, Mayhem, Ecstasy, and Radical Culture
April 15th thru April 18th, 2010
Baltimore Museum of Art, H&H Galleries, Baltimore waterfront

The 7th Annual Transmodern Festival (Live.Art.Action) will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the H&H Building galleries and Baltimore waterfront from April 15th to Sunday, April 18th. Following last year’s record attendance and crowds, the festival expands programming to the Baltimore Museum of Art, continues programming on all four floors of the H&H Building and moves outdoor site-specific work to selected areas of Baltimore waterfront. The festival’s visionary approach to presenting new multi-disciplinary work continues to attract regional art lovers, local cultural mavens, occasional passers-by, critical acclaim, and on-going academic interest. The festival kicks off on Thursday, April 15th at the Baltimore Museum of Art with an hour-long experimental film program including three recent Guggenheim fellows. The evening continues with cutting-edge performance art and experimental pop music from Dynasty Handbag (NYC), Lexie Mountain Boys (Balto.), Melissa Dyne (Portland), and Khaela Maricich (Portland) presenting her nationally acclaimed band “The Blow.”

On Friday, April 16th Nudashank Gallery, Gallery Four, The 5th Dimension, and the Whole Gallery will open for three floors of sensory delight, interactive art, roaming performances, and other major installations. A sample of featured local artists include: April Lewis, Sarah Jablecki, Jen Kirby, and the Annex Theater presenting a full immersion theatrical production with a live band based on the 1973 film “Fantastic Planet.” National artists include: Harrison Haynes (NC), Dan Gluibizzi, Benjamin Phalen (NYC), Laura Brothers, Suzi Poling (Chicago), Robert Lowe (Chicago), Stephanie Rothenberg (NYC), Ben Russell (NYC), and Marcia Bassett from the critically-acclaimed NYC underground band Double Leopards.

Saturday evening, April 17th brings the opening of all four floors of the H&H. Major installations from previous nights will be available for viewing and a stage oriented show will take place at Floristree on the 6th Floor at 8:30pm. Artists presenting at Floristree: People Like Us (UK) comprised of Vicki Bennett a major voice in European multidisciplinary A/V work. Ms. Bennett’s work has been featured at the Tate Modern, Pompidou Centre, Sydney Opera House, and she also presents a regular radio program on WFMU in NYC – also featured – Carly Ptak (Balto.), Joseph Keckler (NYC), Robby Rackleff (Balto.), and Blues Control (Philadelphia).

Sunday, April 18th brings Pedestrian Services Exquisite a site-specific free afternoon program featuring over 30 artists presenting work in and around the Baltimore waterfront. The event will feature exuberant community arts group Fluid Movement, as well as a mobile art center for urban youth – the Urban Engine.

The Transmodern Festival continues to be a one-of-a-kind Baltimore phenomenon presenting experimental, expectation-defying work from local and national artists. We continue to hold fast and proud to our mission of highly representing women, minority, and GLBTQ artists.