pulse: performance art series


This month’s performance event focuses on: femininity and the feminine image.


[Throughout the Space]

7:50 – 9:00PM
Niki Murphy – 2D_Girl_JRope.gif
Lian Tsai – Shhh
Michael Stephens – Dry Mopping at EMP
Emilia Pennanen – Jouissance

[The Bathroom]

8:00 – 9:45PM
Bonnie Jones – I am sitting in a room and so are you

[The Back Room]

8:20 – 8:30PM
Alex D’Agostino – Ethereal Female

8:35 – 8:45PM
Isa Leal featuring Orlando Johnson, Phil Jenkins, Thom Merrill, Lucus King – Progress

[The Stage]

8:50 – 9:05PM
Christopher Hinojosa – Carrion


9:15 – 9:25PM
Sarah Lamar – Mother

9:30 – 9:40PM
Maura Dwyer – Dear Martha

9:45- 10:00PM
Carly J. Bales and Jake Budenz – We hope you enjoy our performance.



Run by EMP member Carly J Bales, Pulse is a regularly-occurring salon and event series for the discussion and development of performance art work in Baltimore. The salons feature 3-4 performance artists a month and are open to everyone. The aim of these salons is to provide a consistent outlet for performance artists to create new work and connect with fellow performers. Pulse also welcomes the larger public to experience and participate in the development of these works-in-progress. Building off of these salons, EMP Collective hosts larger, curated performance events quarterly.


Niki Murphy – 2D_Girl_JRope.gif
Niki Murphy is a filmmaker, video artist, and performance artist, Maryland raised and currently studying at MICA. She spent the last year studying and traveling in South Korea and Japan where she was intrigued by the both globalization and niche identities of femininity. She enjoys the illusions found in the real and the virtual.

Isa Leal featuring Orlando Johnson, Phil Jenkins, Thom Merrill, Lucus King – Progress
Isa Leal is interested in the transcendent aspects of art and hopes to engage the audience viscerally and kinetically, empowering them to empathize, and therefore counter the dehumanization of our current socio-political state, no matter what the medium. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and Dance From James Madison University. After graduation she worked for years in collaboration with Zen Monkey Project and Stephen Nachmanovich, to develop scores for music/movement improvisation in the architecture of a cooperative art gallery of which she was a resident member. She studied Contact Improvisation intensively with Karl Frost, Martin Keogh, Brad Stoller and at Earthdance extensively. She is writing a book about empathy in performance as an innately political tool entitled An Authentic Vehicle : Empathetic Action in Performance and Personal Practice, and is currently on a tour called “Experiments!” to share and exchange research-in-performance internationally.

Emilia Pennanen* – Jouissance
All this teasing, all this pleasing, is my sloshy, slippery dreams of jouissance
Emilia Pennanen is a Finnish artist who works between performance, photography, video, and poetry. Her work examines the ownership of a female body through the contrast of abject and female desire. She recently performed live at the Transmodern Festival in Labbodies’ Under Over Limbo Lab. Her work has been exhibited nationally in Baltimore and Washington D.C., and internationally in UK and Finland. Currently she lives and works in Baltimore, MD, where she is expected to graduate with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art in December 2014.

Maura Dwyer – Dear Martha
Maura Dwyer is a Baltimore-based artist working in video installation and performance. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in December 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Video.

She draws her influences primarily from filmmakers and novelists who focus on contemporary issues facing gender and sexual identities. Her work embraces the saying personal is political by translating stereotypes into quotidian personal narratives to explore how they affect her world.

Torn between experimental filmmakers of the past such as Jack Smith and beautifully shot melodramas of classic Hollywood such as Rebel Without A Cause, Dwyer attempts to force a hybrid of the conventional and alternative forms of filmmaking; both offer a unique take on queer identity that when combined, mirror the fragmented ways we quietly fight for the freedom to self-define how a life should be lived.

Bonnie Jones – I am sitting in a room and so are you

texts by: Lyn Hejinian, Ralph Ellison, Clarice Lispector, Jean-Luc Nancy, Goncalo M. Tavares, Pauline Oliveros, and Fred Moten
sounds by: Bonnie Jones

For 1 audience member, for any duration between 8:00pm – 9:45pm, on 12/11/14.

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. http://www.bonniejones.wordpress.com

Carly J Bales* and Jake Budenz – We hope you enjoy the performance
Jake Budenz is a Baltimore-based writer, performance artist, and occasional witch living in Baltimore.

Carly J Bales is a performer, curator, and arts organizer. She is the co-founder and artistic director of EMP and the co-founder of Le Mondo, an experimental performing arts incubator being developed in Baltimore. She’ll next be seen as Mary Hartman in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman at Annex Theater, January 15th – February 8th. She’s pretty sure she’s not a witch. She hopes she is secretly a witch.

Michael Wasteneys Stephens – Dry Mopping at EMP
Michael Wasteneys Stephens : Athens, Georgia >> Baltimore, Maryland. Writer, performer and musician. masonwerr.tumblr.com for further information. <3

Lian Tsai – Shhh
Born and raised in Taiwan. Lian is currently majoring in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Interactive Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She creates installation, sculpture, film, performance pieces and interactive installations.

Christopher Hinojosa – Carrion
Christopher Hinojosa is an artist born in Corpus Christi Texas, currently residing in Baltimore MD. Through the use of performance and photography his work focuses on identity and stems from a desire to address the ethereal notion of the body as well as the metaphysical. His work has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally. Currently he lives and works in Baltimore, MD, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Alexander D’Agostino* – Ethereal Female
Alexander D’Agostino was born in Syracuse, New York. He currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland creating immersive performances blurring the line between dance, ritual, and the queer everyday.

Sarah Lamar – Mother
Sarah Lamar lives in Baltimore. She is a resident actor with Annex Theater.

*EMP Member and/or Resident Artist