04.21.2021
ARMANDO LOPEZ-BIRCANN /
Arma the Oracle: Extended Reality (XR)

Opening this Saturday, April 24 in the Transformer Storefront
1404 P Street NW, Washington DC
Armando Lopez-Bircann shares their vision of an ethical queer future with Arma the Oracle: Extended Reality (XR). In their Tarot-inspired performances, Lopez-Bircann’s alter ego, Arma Dura, will summon the cyber faeries, wield the Glitchblade, and channel other guides in this oracle card reading.

Through Lopez-Bircann’s wearable sculptures and augmented-reality attire, which explore non-binary and binary gender aesthetics, they push the limits of what types of reality - both virtually and physically – are possible, and present alternative futures to strive towards. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST 
Armando Lopez-Bircann is a Latinx artist who engineers wearable sculptures, digital media and performances. Their practice is framed by immigrant narratives, genderfluid expression and digital native sensibilities. They are currently based in Washington, DC. 

Image Credit: Armando Lopez-Bircann, The Oracle, 2021
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION SERIES
Arma the Oracle: Extended Reality (XR) is presented as part of Looking In/Looking Out– a series of three solo storefront exhibitions by DC-based artists at Transformer encouraging audiences to look within themselves and outward at the world. 
ARTIST PERFORMANCES & PROGRAMS

Tuesday, April 27 @ 1pm ET
IG Live Artist Talk on @transformerdc
Tune in and listen to Armando discuss how queer ecofeminist ideas have shaped their artwork and relationship to glamor-based empowerment.

Saturday, May 8 @ 7pm ET
Arma Dura's extended reality reading
Watch live through Transformer's storefront window as the artist's alter ego, Arma Dura, summons the cyber faeries, wields the Glitchblade, and channels other guides in this Tarot-inspired performance. 

Tuesday, May 11 @ 6pm ET
Framework Panel Discussion presented via Zoom

More details coming soon. Visit transformerdc.org and follow @transformerdc for exhibition & program updates.

Image Credit: Armando Lopez-Bircann, CyFae (Dip), 2021.
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