On Friday, April 29th, 2011, I performed Fudgie’s Death, a short segment from Growing Up Linda at 14Karat Cabaret during the Transmodern Festival as part of Travesty at Hand: an evening of poupées, toupees and dummies. Baltimore’s New Urbanite described the performance as “eccentric adult puppetry that oscillates between adorable, abject, campy, and earnest”.
The Transmodern Festival is an annual weekend of performance art, music, installation, lectures and video in Baltimore. In conjunction with the performance, I also lectured in at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in the Fiber Department and presented my multi-media artist-talk Object/Fetish at the H&H Building.
In Fudgie’s Death, I transform table-top pop-up books into full-screen cinema. This neo-noir tale of depravity is centered on the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul, who must come to terms with her troubled past,
Fudgie’s Death was written with longtime collaborator, P.J. McWhiskers and Joel Egger with pop-up books created with Korean paper engineer, Eugean Seo. Costumes were designed by Rachel Weir with specialty corseting created by Lee Vargas Perez and Hunter Wells. Kari Rae Seekons created a special sound design I was able to trigger from the stage, while Aaron Barlow provided live video feed.
Travesty at Hand: Poupées,Toupees and Dummies was an evening of puppet/master manipulations, featuring film, performance, digital device, high drag, low drag, hand-cranks and puppets at 14Karat Cabaret, a venue that presents performance, music, dance, film and video.
Travesty curators, Valeska Populoh and Laure Drogoul, sought out work that addressed the dis-embodied/rearranged, the estranged/deranged, the fragmented, and extended body object in all its splendor.
Other acts included: Philadelphia’s Puppet Tyranny (Leslie Rogers and Zac Palladino) known for tyrannical circuses and annoyance arts, Martha Colburn‘s handcrafted animations, new media artist, Anna Frants, Richmond’s Sarah Jennings and her army of puppets, Marianne Ross’s Brecht crankie parable, and Cleveland’s Possibilitarian Puppet Theatre.