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Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral Street :: 21210
Interiors: Stephanie Dinkins + Bina48 & Bruce Duncan; Love at the Edges of Personhood brings ongoing conversations between artist Stephanie Dinkins and social robot Bina48 to the stage. In 2014, Stephanie set out to build a long-term, empathetic friendship with Bina48—one of the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence beings based on the likeness and lived experience of Bina Aspen. Their conversations are further enriched by dialouge with Bina48’s handler and close companion Bruce Duncan.
The panel will explore questions around archiving humanity, race and gender in artificial intelligence, and strategies for empathy in a rapidly changing world.
Interiors, our 2017-18 Speaker Series, looks inside exciting artist practices by centering the significant relationships between artists and their collaborators, subjects, friends, and families that make creative production possible.
Stephanie Dinkins is an artist interested in creating platforms for ongoing dialog about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, aging and our future histories. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to develop deep-rooted AI literacy and co-create more culturally inclusive equitable artificial intelligence. Dinkins’ holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is also an alumna of the International Center of Photography and the Independent Studies Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Her artwork is exhibited internationally, at a broad spectrum of community, private and institutional venues by design– including Institute of Contemporary Art Dunaujvaros, Hungary; Herning Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Spellman College Museum of Fine Art; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Wave Hill, Studio Museum in Harlem; The Long Island Museum, NY; Spedition Bremen; and the corner of Putnam and Malcolm X Blvd, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She is the recipient of financial support from Joan Mitchell Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Lef Foundation, and Residency Unlimited. Artist residencies include the NEW INC, Blue Mountain Center; Aim Program, Bronx Museum; The Laundromat Project; Santa Fe Art Institute, Art/Omi and Center for Contemporary Art, Czech Republic. Her work has written about in media outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and SLEEK Magazine.
She is currently an A Blade of Grass Fellow, an Artist-in-Residence at NEW INC and project catalyst for Team Haptics, Cyborg Futures 2017. Professor Dinkins teaches digital and interactive media at Stony Brook University.
Bina48 is one of the world’s most advanced social robots commissioned by Dr. Martine Rothblatt and created by Hanson Robotics Inc. She is based on the likeness and data of a real person, Bina Aspen, co-founder of the Terasem Movement and the World Against Racism Museum. Using video interview transcripts, laser scanning life mask technology, face recognition, artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology, Bina48 was created to demonstrate the first step in the Terasem Hypothesis, which states: (1) a conscious analog of a person may be created by combining sufficiently detailed data about the person (a “mindfile”) using future consciousness software (“mindware”).
Bina48 is designed to be a social being that represents a mix of memories, values, beliefs from the original Bina, along with new experiences gained through interaction with others. She has lectured internationally and appeared in conversation with Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman, and many others. She has been featured in the New York Times Science Section, GQ Magazine, Vogue, NPR and National Geographic Magazine since she “came to life” in 2010.
Bruce Duncan is Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation Inc. and project leader for the LifeNaut Project, which is the brainchild of Dr. Martine Rothblatt: inventor of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, author, and Biotech CEO. As the Principal Investigator of the LifeNaut Project Bruce Duncan is responsible for the ongoing development of Bina48, the world’s first advanced humanoid robot based on the “mindfile” information of a real person.
Bruce is the Managing Producer for Terasem Media and Films, which produced the independent science fiction feature film 2B: The Era of Flesh is Over. He also curates the first cyber museum dedicated to addressing racism, bigotry and prejudice at the World Against Racism Museum. As an Educator he has taught Conflict Resolution at the University of Vermont and worked as a Peace Facilitator with the Seeds of Peace International Peace Camp, New York/Casco Maine.
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street :: 21201
In a special installation, artist Edgar Reyes responds to the museum’s ancient Americas collection and explores the ongoing displacement of native people whose traditions are not defined by national borders. Coyote explores the connection between the art of the past and the contemporary Mexican diaspora.
Press Press Public Studio Announcements: Readings by Amelia Bande, Bilphena Yawon, Rose Buttress + Puerto Rico Relief Fundraiser
Wednesday, October 18th, 7-10pm
427 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Press Press is excited to host a night of readings + declarations featuring Amelia Bande, Bilphena Yawon, and Rose Buttress, as part of a new series of events: Press Press Public Studio Announcements. All contributions to this event will be donated to the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund.
Amelia Bande is a writer working in performance, theater and film. Her plays Chueca and Partir y Renunciar were staged in Santiago, Chile. She is part of the Gel Film Series (2012- present) and she co-founded Publishing Puppies, a press for visual work, poetry and fiction (2011-present). She has recently shown work, solo and collaborative, at Artists Space, The Poetry Project, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Dixon Place, BAM, The Shandaken Project, and MIX NYC in New York; NGBK and Flutgraben Kunstfabrik in Berlin, and the NewBridge Project in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Bilphena Yawon is a baltimore based writer + social justice advocate born in Liberia, west Africa and raised in Danané, Côte D’Ivoire. Yahwon is the owner + curator of goldwomyn.com, the author of ‘Teaching Gold-mah How to Heal Herself.’and the creative director at Broken English Co. She writes of the immigrant experience, of blackness, of healing, of African women made from flowers breathing fragility. When she is not writing or in the classroom, Bilphena enjoys wandering through spaces of foods, people(s), colors + lessons.
Rose Buttress is a seamstress and machinist living in Baltimore. Absolutely humorless and nightmarish in temperament, she spends all her time tailoring, mending holes, and manufacturing or replacing worn machine parts.
Press Press Public Studio Announcements is a series of gatherings featuring readings, declarations, announcements, and speeches at the Press Press studio. Every gathering serves to raise funds for specific social causes or organizations.
Make your own donation at:
1601 West Mount Royal Avenue :: 21217
MICA’s annual Haunted House is a student-run production that creates a large-scale, intricately detailed (and horrifying) immersive experience. This year’s theme is backwoods, which invites guests to navigate a series of rooms themed on popular urban legends.
$10 general admission; more information at http://www.micahauntedhouse.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 10 – 11:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m. – midnight
Saturday, Oct. 21, 7 – 11 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 27, 8:30 – 11 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28, 3 – 6 p.m.
The Angelos Law Center
1401 North Center Street :: 21201
In 2017, GBCA celebrates 15 years of working to nurture and advocate for the many faces and voices of arts and culture in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties. To mark this milestone, we invite you to save the date of October 19, 2017 for two events that celebrate our history, our present, and our future.
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Interrupt Injustice: Bringing Balance to the Cultural Workplace
Equity and Inclusion have become catch phrases that get lost in everyday language, especially in the workplace. What happens beyond the dialogue – in the space where real equity exists and changes lives? Noted speaker and producer Donna Walker-Kuhne, one of the nation’s foremost experts in creating a more diverse and inclusive audience, will guide this deep dive into strategies and tools. Every participant will develop a purposeful call to action for their own workplace.
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fete Accompli: A Celebration of Baltimore Arts and Culture
Artists, arts lovers, patrons, and members of our cultural community are invited to join us for a festive blow-out featuring great local talent, free food and drink, and fun for all.
Where Do We Go From Here? With Lester Spence and Son of Nun
Thursday, October 19: 7 – 10 PM
2640 St. Paul Street : Baltimore 21218
LESTER SPENCE is an Associate Professor of Political Science, and is one of two co-directors of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Spence has published two books: Stare in the Darkness: Hip-hop and the Limits of Black Politics, winner of the 2012 W. E. B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award, and Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics, winner of both the Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore Magazine 2016 Best Nonfiction Book Awards, named to The Atlantic’s 2016 “Best Books We Missed” list. His work has also been published in over a dozen academic articles and several dozen essays and think. He is currently examining the contemporary AIDS crisis in black communities and the growing role of police in major American cities.
“SON OF NUN doesn’t just entertain, he empowers. His lyrics are rooted in the movements he’s fought with; he’s at the meeting, the protest, the action, and the mic.” S.O.N. has rocked shows with Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, The Coup, Tom Morello, and Rage Against the Machine. He’s shared the stage w/ activists like exonerated former death row inmates Shujaa Graham and Darby Tillis, Black Lives Matter student leader Makayla Gilliam-Price, and the late great historian Howard Zinn. S.O.N. has released two albums, Blood and Fire, produced w/ DJ Krimson and The Art of Struggle w/ DJ Mentos.
Home Movies photo exhibit by Amy Davis
Opening Reception Friday, October 20: 6-8 pm
440 E. Oliver Street
“Home Movies: Portraits of Baltimore’s Neighborhood Movie Houses” examines the fate of our local theaters, gritty ghosts on the streets of Baltimore. Our local movie houses, not the downtown theater palaces, helped shape the identity of each community.
The photographs by Amy Davis are from her new book, Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters (Johns Hopkins University Press).
The opening reception, and a gallery talk about “Home Movies” on Sat. Oct. 28 at 2pm, are free and open to the public. The gallery talk on 10/28 is presented in conjunction with Doors Open Baltimore 2017.
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street :: 21201
Please join us at the Baltimore Theater Project over the October 20-22 weekend to experience an evening of contemporary dance as the Coppin State University Repertory Dance Ensemble and ClancyWorks Dance Company team up for an evening of choreographic impact. This collaborative performance draws on millennial perceptions from dancers and choreographers hailing from Coppin State University, ClancyWorks Dance Company, and a number of Baltimore County and Baltimore City High Schools, in order to advance positive social action in the Baltimore community.
Inspired by the quote of Ossie Davis, “Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change — it can not only move us, it makes us move”, this concert will explore the ability to respond to change as it impacts them. This performance highlights the interest to use dance as a catalyst to bring different generations of dancers together in a spirit of celebrating dreams and possibilities.
The Coppin State University Department of Dance, housed in the Humanities Department, offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance. Through its courses in performance and contemplative studies, the program offers intense technical and performance training as well as the knowledge and practices that will support them as “mindful reflective” artists in the field. Dance majors learn about the significance of dance as a cultural art form and experience its capacity to create and build community. The dance faculty consists of artists, educators and scholars who are committed to providing the student with a comprehensive and diverse core-training curriculum in dance and research with a focus on contemplative studies in movement. This season Coppin State University welcomes guest artist Alice Howes and her new modern piece set on the Coppin Ensemble dancers. Faculty members Florian Rouiller and Vanessa Jackson bring choreographic works to the performance as well as student choreographers Deidra Dawkins and Bintou Kouyate who created dance works for the CSU Youth Dance Ensemble and Bryan Mawr Private School.
ClancyWorks Dance Company is a non-profit dance company that has been an active member of the Baltimore Dance Community since our company’s inception in 2001. ClancyWorks is committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals in various communities by using the arts as a vehicle to develop mutual understanding and to advance positive social action. Touted by the Washington Post, Executive Director Adrienne Clancy’s work is “a tour de force of unpredictable partnering” and has earned a reputation for award winning educational programs as well as nuanced partnering work that is simultaneously athletically physical and philosophically driven by questions.
Prior to the concert, Coppin State University Dance Program offers community workshops throughout the week. On Tuesday, 10/17/17 at 6:30 p.m. we will offer Afro Caribbean w/ Sheena Black; on Wednesday, 10/18/17 at 4:30 p.m. join us for Body Percussive Dance (Stepping) with Ryan K. Johnson; and on Saturday, 10/21/17 at 2:45 p.m. enjoy West African Dance with Maya Ajanku. Pricing for workshops is $10 for non-students and $5 for students. To register, email email@example.com or call (410) 951-3355.
For more information about ClancyWorks Dance Company, visit us online: www.ClancyWorks.org
For more information on the Coppin State Dance Program, visit us at: www.Coppin.edu/dance
October 20 @ 7:30pm
October 21 @ 7:30pm
October 22 @ 5:00pm
General Admission – $15
Students & Seniors – $10
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Valerie Maynard: Devotion
Reception Sunday, October 22 at 3 pm
New Door Creative
1601 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
October 22nd through December 22nd, 2017
Renowned sculptor/printmaker Valerie Maynard will exhibit at Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District gallery, New Door Creative, October 22nd through December 22nd, 2017. The exhibition is entitled “Devotion”, and will feature a collection of woodcut and linocut prints. An opening reception will be hosted on Sunday, October 22nd at 3 P.M., and will feature a conversation with the artist.
“Devotion” explores a range of subject matter: visual interpretations of characters whose personal narratives have registered an imprint on the artist’s life; and examinations of the spirit of resistance, transformation, and creative intent. The seventeen works included in the exhibition were created over multiple decades of printmaking practice; and reveal an evolution of thought, process, and technique by an artist whose name is synonymous with contemporary art, and the “heart and soul” of the Black Arts Movement.
Varied in scale, the works on exhibit singularly and collectively expose a chapter in the continuing story of an artist devoted to the creative process, the history and nuance of the African American experience, and the politics of art-making. Throughout her distinguished professional history of more than fifty years, she has informed and inspired a broad scope of artists, students, educators, and collectors.
Born in Harlem in 1937, Maynard apprenticed as a portrait painter with artist Elaine Journey, followed by studying at the Museum of Modern Art. She received a M.A. in Sculpture from Goddard College in 1977.
Widely collected, the work of Valerie Maynard is included in the United States Library of Congress, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York, The National Museum of Mozambique, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, IBM Corporation, White Plains, New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York, and the Riksutställningar National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden. Numerous public artworks include the New York City MTA Arts in Transit mural (glass mosaic on mezzanine walls and above stairs), Polyrhythmics of Consciousness and Light, which was installed on 125th Street/ Lexington Avenue subway station in Harlem, New York in 2003.
Maynard is recipient of The Riksutställningar National Museum Purchase/Travel/Lecture Grant, Virgin Islands Humanities Council Research Grant, The Atlanta Life Insurance Sculpture Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Printmaking, New England Foundation for the Arts Grant, and The Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, to name a few.
The Parkway Theatre
3 West North Avenue :: 21201
Sweaty Eyeballs, The Parkway’s monthly animation series curated by Phil Davis and Max Porter, continues with THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS!
(Sébastien Laudenbach, 2016, France, 80 minutes)
In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands. So begins her long journey towards the light… but in spite of her resilience and the new protection of a handsome prince’s estate, the Devil devises a plan of his own. THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS is the audacious feature debut from acclaimed short filmmaker Sébastien Laudenbach, whose beautiful and dreamlike take on the Brothers Grimm story has created an adult fairytale destined to become a classic.
Hand-painted with lush, evocative details and featuring the voices of Anaïs Demoustier (The New Girlfriend) and Jérémie Elkaïm (Declaration of War), the film premiered in the ACID section at Cannes, was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the César Awards, and won both the Jury Prize and the award for Best French Film at the Annecy Animation Festival.
Sweaty Eyeballs Animation is curated by animators and animation professors Phil Davis (Towson University) and Max Porter (MICA). For more information visit sweatyeyeballs.com