6th Annual Transmodern Festival – Live.Art.Action
The 6th Annual Transmodern Festival!
Four Days of Avant Performance, Installation,
Sound, Film, Mayhem, Ecstasy, and Radical Culture!
April 2nd thru April 5th, 2009
405 W. Franklin Street
The 6th Annual Transmodern Festival (Live.Art.Action) will be held at the H&H Building and the surrounding Lexington Market & Seton Hill neighborhood from Thursday, April 2nd to Sunday, April 5th. Following last year’s record attendance and crowds, the festival expands again in 2009 to fill four floors of artists’ lofts and galleries at the H&H Building in downtown Baltimore.
The H&H building is home to several acclaimed local venues including Gallery Four, Floristree (noted by Rolling Stone magazine as a core reason for Baltimore’s selection as “Best Local Scene” in 2007), Whole Gallery, and new venue The 5th Dimension.
On Sunday, April 5th, the festival spreads out into the streets, alleys, and by-ways around Lexington Market & Seton Hill with Pedestrian Service Exquisite. Transmodern Festival closing events will take place Sunday night at Load of Fun Galleries. 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. We invite the curious, the inspired, the ecstatic, those who seek immersive creativity and cultural action!
THURSDAY April 2nd, 8:00pm The festival kicks off at the Whole Gallery with an opening ceremony performance by artist Jenny Graf.
The night will continue with 2 nationally acclaimed video/performance works by Shana Moulton (NYC) and Animal Charm (Los Angeles.) Whole Gallery residents (Emily CD & Edward Knapp) will present installations and actions throughout the night. Those who venture a gaze out the warehouse windows will look down upon an intricate external rooftop installation & performance by local favorite Melissa Webb.
FRIDAY EVENING April 3rd, Gallery Four, The 5th Dimension, and the Whole Gallery will open for three floors of sensory delight, interactive art, roaming performances, and major installations.
Extremely diverse artists will present over 20 roaming performances from Lauren Bender (Baltimore) to Sarah Jablecki (Baltimore.) See Friday schedule for full list of roaming performers.
Gallery Four will present major installations by Julia Oldham (Brooklyn), Jackie Milad & Sarada Conaway, David More (Chicago), and Services United (Baltimore), (Baltimore.)
The 5th Dimension will present major installations by Ami Dang (Baltimore), Hermonie Only (Baltimore), as well as experimental theater by Liz Downing & Michael Willis and Smelling Salt Amusements (Baltimore.) (Baltimore.)
The Whole Gallery will contain an AVWC an A/V “lounge” curated by local sound magicians Snacks with selected sound & video for those needing a little respite.
SATURDAY EVENING April 4th – 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 work on Saturday evening at Floristree include: Mark Brown (Wham City, Baltimore), Reina Williams (Baltimore), Erin Markey (NYC), Anne McGuire (SF) and Wobbly (SF). The night contains a mix of cutting edge digital film art, theatrical performance art, and an oddball cabaret lounge from internationally renowned filmmaker Anne McGuire. The final acts of the evening will include the presentation of Bromst the new album by euphoric /pop/electronic/national cult figure Dan Deacon with his new Ensemble & associated friends. This performance will also serve as the record release for Bromst. Over 15 roaming artists will also be present on all four floors and can be viewed via the Saturday schedule.
Michael Benevento (Current Gallery Co-director), Megan Chin, Jamie Freedman, Sean Honey, Andrew Liang, Miranda Pfeiffer, Stephen Santillan, Jeff Timlin, Krysten Watson, Joana Kopczyk, Mitchell Goodrich, and more will be presenting a human-size foosball game on the 5th Dimension from 8:00pm to 12:00am.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON & EVENING, April 5th brings Pedestrian Service Exquisite a site-specific free afternoon program featuring over 30 artists presenting work in and around Lexington Market & Seton Hill.
Our evening closing program Altered States will be held at Load of Fun Galleries and is curated by Jamillah James, who recently presented the acclaimed Agenda show at Current Gallery in Fall 2008. The Altered States program includes work by Delia & Gavin, EMR (Dylan Mira & Math Bass), Forcefield, Zeljko McMullen & Severiano Martinez, Sarah Milinski & Caitlin Williams, New Jedi Order, Jimmy Joe Roche, Erin Womack, and feature performances by Lexie Mountain Boys, Soft Circle (Black Dice, Lightning Bolt), Blues Control, and Ra Khuit Noor.
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.
For more information, go to http://www.transmodernfestival.org/2009/.