Preview: Transmodern Festival

Showcase of experimental art, theater and music runs through Sunday

  • The Love Parade at the 2010 Transmodern Festival makes its way up Hull street in Locust Point.
The Love Parade at the 2010 Transmodern Festival makes its way… (Barbara Haddock Taylor,…)
April 28, 2011|By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun

The past few years, Baltimore's music scene has been recognized as one of the best in the country.

But Baltimore doesn't just have an experimental music scene — we also have a cutting edge arts and culture community, showcased at events like the High Zero Festival and this weekend's Transmodern Festival.

Now in its eighth year, the Transmodern Festival spans four days, and features all kinds of avant-garde media, from sound and film to performance, from 150 artists. The festival, which places an emphasis on works by minorities, women and gays and lesbians, started Thursday and continues through Sunday at a few locations downtown and in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, including the H&H Building, Current Galley and 14Karat Cabaret.

Friday at Tyson Alley (near Current Gallery), DJ Ian Nagoski is spinning folk and pop music recorded between 1917 and 1955 by American immigrants. Performance art which involves (and feeds off) willing and unwilling participants takes place at the H&H Building and the back lot at Current Gallery. At the H&H Building, curator Claire Cote presents "Power Moves Forever Quest," a theater piece inspired by video games.

Saturday, prominent Baltimore indie band Celebration performs, Violet Gray discusses her obsession with the color purple, and puppeteer Marsian presents "Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief" at the H&H Building.

Sunday, the festival broadens to include artist talks with Joe Denardo, Jim Drain and Kari Altmann, as well as Pedestrian Service Exquisite, a series of performances which explores various corners of the city.

Transmodern Festival runs through Sunday at various locations downtown. For individual and weekend pass tickets and a full schedule, go to

Sam Sessa

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