New Exhibit Coming to EKG - “Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I – The Visions” - Opens January 31

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Philadelphia-based artist Tiona McClodden’s Movement I – The Visions will be exhibited at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) at 3600 Market Street in Philadelphia from January 31-March 15, 2014.

Philadelphia-based artist Tiona McClodden’s Movement I – The Visions will be exhibited at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) at 3600 Market Street in Philadelphia from January 31-March 15, 2014.

Paired with a series of sculptures and artifacts situated within the narrative of the film, the debut exhibit creates McClodden’s own Black Americana Epic through short scenes. By breaking down an epic film into a series of short trailers, McClodden leaves it to the viewer to create the larger narrative.

The opening reception for the exhibit, the first of McClodden’s upcoming four-part series, will be held on Friday, January 31, 5:00-7:30 pm. at EKG. Movement I – The Visions is part of the Leeway Art+Technology Residency, a collaboration between the Leeway Foundation, the Breadboard program at the Science Center and NextFab Studio. EKG is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Through a series of film trailers, scenes, film stills, and memorabilia, Movement I – The Visions creates a conceptual epic film and visual art work rooted in McClodden’s personal familial history, current biography, and themes of the greater African-American experience. Each individual work gives insight to the overall narrative of the epic “film,” without creating a linear narrative. Along with film trailers and scenes, Be Alarmed will include a series of sculptures and artifacts that help tell the narrative of the film, functioning as the artist’s own Black Americana and film memorabilia.

Tiona McClodden, born in 1981, is a filmmaker and visual artist. She produces and distributes her work through Harriet’s Gun Media, whose mission is to produce and distribute works of art across a range of media platforms that examine, explore and critique issues at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Through her films, McClodden has explored the themes of social change, social realism, re-memory and more recently biomythography. She has produced, written and directed a range of films examining the intersections of race, gender and sexuality, including her award-winning feature-length documentary film, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent; a short narrative film, Bumming Cigarettes; and an experimental film portrait, roots.|&|rigor. Tiona McClodden lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About Breadboard

Breadboard is a hybrid program of the University City Science Center that explores intersections between contemporary art, design, science and technology. Expanding on 30+ years of Esther Klein Gallery programming, Breadboard's mission is to convene communities around creative applications of technology.

About the Science Center

The University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, and entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. It provides business incubation, programming, lab and office facilities, and support services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and growing and established companies. The Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Since it was founded in 1963, graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. For more information about the Science Center, go to

About NextFab Studio

NextFab Studio is a membership-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center- it’s Philadelphia’s “gym for innovators.” NextFab’s first facility opened in January of 2010 at the University City Science Center, and provided comfortable, clean, and safe workspaces with hand tools, 3D printers, computer-controlled machine tools, software, and electronics workbenches. After three years of successful operations, NextFab expanded to a larger space at 2025 Washington Avenue in Philadelphia. For more information, go to

About the Leeway Foundation

The Leeway Foundation supports women, transgender artists and cultural producers working in communities at the intersection of art, culture, and social change. Through grant making and other programs, Leeway promotes artistic expression that amplifies the voices of those on the margins, promotes sustainable and healthy communities, and works in the service of movements for economic and social justice. For more information, go to

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