April 5th – ALTERED STATES Exhibition at Transmodern Festival in Baltimore, MD


LOF/T Load of Fun Theatre
120 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Tickets: $5 (tix can be purchased at the door)
Doors Open: 8pm, Performances: 9pm

ALTERED STATES, Curated by Jamillah James for Frontier Projects

Live Performances by Lexie Mountain Boys, Soft Circle (ex-Black Dice/Lightning Bolt), Blues Control (Siltbreeze Records, Brooklyn), Ra Khuit Noor, and New Jedi Order.

Altered States examines the history of collective action, originating in the 1960s with communalism (made families in hippie and freak subcultures), and avant-garde performance, where elements were borrowed from traditional rituals and ceremonial spectacle. This rubric for performance and artistic practice champions a freedom from creative, economic, and social constraints, and de-emphasizes the singular, commodifiable art object as the end-all of cultural production.

The exhibition considers a renewed interest in the aesthetics and performativity of mysticism. Through idiosyncratic performance, borrowed iconography, and the creation of “invested” objects and spaces, the artists in Altered States re-contextualize alterity, or “otherness”, as a psychedelic state of being, and explore the secular, the sacred, and the creative space in between.

Delia & Gavin (video)
EMR (Extreme Mature Respect: Math Bass & Dylan Mira) (video)
Forcefield (Matt Brinkman, Jim Drain, Leif Goldberg, Ara Peterson) (video)
Lexie Mountain Boys (performance on Sunday 4/5)
Zeljko McMullen & Severiano Martinez (video)
New Jedi Order (installation + performance)
Jimmy Joe Roche (video)
Caitlin Williams & Sarah Milinski (installation)
Erin Womack (objects + performance)

For more information, go here.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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