Wednesday, August 27, 2014


The World Is Not Flat
Woody Sullender / Kevin Davis / Shana Palmer

WHEN: August 29th, 8:30 doors / 9:00 PM Show
WHERE: Red Room, 425 E 31st Street, Baltimore MD

The Red Room is excited to present a unique evening of video, sound and performance/installation works that explore the shape-shifting relationships between sound, object, and physical space. Each artist in the program shapes their work by revealing the multiplicities that exist within visual/aural knowledge, perception, history and self.

The evening will start with a short video program by Baltimore-based Shana Palmer featuring recent work. Following will be a solo cello performance by composer/ improviser Kevin Davis. The night will close with a performance/installation by NYC based sound artist and improviser Woody Sullender. Woody will present a new performance installation where tranducers are used to transform simple sculptural objects into speakers which in turn are used to present a sound/object concert.

Artist Bios

Shana Palmer, video program (Baltimore)
Shana Palmer is an artist, musician, curator and performer currently residing in Baltimore, MD. The experience of growing up in a remote area of the Arizona desert has influenced Shana's practice both sonically and visually. Her works explore the mythical, uninhabitable and liminal spaces, blurring the lines between abstract, narrative and symbolic structures. Shana's practice of performance, video, installation and painting has lead to exhibitions and performances both nationally and internationally. She received her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA, and her MFA at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she currently lectures.

Kevin Davis, solo cello (Charlottesville)
Kevin Davis is an improviser, composer and cellist. From Appalachian Tennessee, he studied music composition from the University of Memphis. After a period of post-graduate study in art in Memphis and Boston, he began working in the experimental music scenes of Chicago, New York and Istanbul, recording and touring in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in composition and computer technologies at the University of Virginia. Kevin’s recent solo cello performances investigate strategies for extending an improvised music vocabulary. Through the breaking down of the physical components of cello playing and focusing on liminal physical states, open musical structures are brought into confrontation with the unstable properties present in motion, gesture, and sound.

Woody Sullender, performance/installation (NYC)
Woody Sullender is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His recent work examines the social construction of the music performance space and how it reinforces specific rituals and modernist ideologies of listening. By minor interventions and reconfigurations in existing spaces, not only can these rituals of listening be ruptured but larger notions of social relations can be explored.

Cutting his teeth in the Chicago free improvisation community, Sullender was previously recognized as a pre-eminent experimental banjo improvisor, exploring a range of identity politics while playing with and against the cultural baggage of the instrument. With technical advising from STEIM and Harvestworks, he developed an "electro-acoustic banjo", rupturing its rustic identity. Sullender has worked with pioneering electronic composers such as Pauline Oliveros and Maryanne Amacher (incorporating his banjo recordings into Amacher's "TEO! A sonic sculpture" which won the Golden Nica prize at the 2005 Ars Electronica festival). He has performed internationally at venues such as the Kitchen (with Sergei Tcherepnin), Issue Project Room, the River to River Festival, SculptureCenter (NYC), Abrons Art Center, Les Instants Chavirés, GartenKultur Musikfestival, Chicago Cultural Center, DNK-Amsterdam (with Seamus Cater), and many others. Among other activites, he teaches new media at various New York institutions, co-edits the music/sound publication Ear | Wave | Event (with Bill Dietz), and occasionally can be heard on the airwaves at WFMU.