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What to Expect When You're Expecting

A three-channel projection installation about a woman who has been scientifically impregnated with the eggs of the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle. She nests on the beach one night while a local news crew provides live updates throughout the process.

Spilt

A 180 degree, first-person virtual reality experience where the user embodies a decapitated version of my body. Within the simulation, a white, cotton boundary is transgressed and a vulnerable orifice comes under threat.

Beyond Me

A conceptual work that was realized as a digital billboard boat that made its way up and down the beach in Ocean City, Maryland for one day during the summer of 2019. The phrase is commonly used as a means of simultaneously dismissing and refusing responsibility: “It’s beyond me”.

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About Danielle

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Danielle is a Baltimore-based multimedia artist. She received her B.S. in Film, Video & Theatre from Stevenson University in 2014 and her MFA from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2021. Her works have screened at venues in and around Baltimore including 2640 Space, Mercury Theater and Red Room. Her immersive projection installation What to Expect When You’re Expecting, was awarded the Johns Hopkins Saul Zaentz Innovation Grant in 2019. She has presented work internationally (virtually)... more

The Sky is Coming

Two-channel video installation & olfactory component
04:41
2021

The Sky is Coming is a multisensory two-channel video installation that depicts an ecosexual encounter between a thunderstorm and its human lover. A spunky smelling perfume created from the blooming Bradford Pear Tree serves as an olfactory component. This work ponders the technological mediation of our natural surroundings and the erotic forces at play in the efforts to erode anthropocentricity.

The installation premiered in the group exhibition Home Bodies (April 13 - May 7, 2021) at the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The film has since screened at Gardenship in Kearny, NJ and as part of MoCA L.I.ghts in Long Island, NY. 

Written, Directed & Edited by Danielle Damico
Photographed by Amy Oden
Acted by Aidan Spann
Production Audio Engineer Safiyah Cheatam

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Three-channel immersive installation
09:17
2019

What to Expect When You’re Expecting ​is about a woman who has been scientifically impregnated with the eggs of the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle. She nests on the beach one night while a local news crew provides live updates throughout the process. This vignette is born out of a mild obsession with the 2009 media trajectory of Nadya Suleman, a.k.a Octomom, who gave birth to octuplets as the result of in vitro fertilization. In our pro-natalist society, the tabloids and their followers initially praised Nadya’s super fertility, but were quick to scold when it was discovered the pregnancy was a result of corrupt medical science and that the single mother was on welfare and already raising six other children.

This project was supported by the Johns Hopkins Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund. The installation premiered at Baltimore's Mercury Theater in November 2019. The three-channel film screened as part of the 2020 Ars Electronica .ART Global Gallery (online).

Cast:
Shantall Gallareta
Brandi Dyer
Steph Joyal

Producer: Brandy Creek
Writer & Director: Danielle Damico
Cinematographer: Taylor Hebden
Assistant Camera: Natasha Marshall
Audio Engineer: Gabby Sturgeon
Gaffer: Tom Faison
Production Assistant: Lauren Flynn

Editor: Danielle Damico
Post-Production Audio Engineer: Mickey Freeland
Motion Graphics: Rachel Dwiggins

Spilt

Virtual reality experience
01:50
2019

Spilt is a 180 degree, first-person virtual reality experience where the user embodies a decapitated version of my body. Within the simulation, a white, cotton boundary is transgressed and a vulnerable orifice that blurs the inside and outside of my body comes under threat.

  • Spilt

    A 180 degree, first-person virtual reality experience where the user embodies a decapitated version of my body. Within the simulation, a white, cotton boundary is transgressed and a vulnerable orifice comes under threat.
  • 'Spilt' VR Experience

    Cathy viewing 'Spilt' in the Oculus headset.
  • 'Spilt' Still

    woman in underwear pours coffee on vulva
    Still from 'Spilt'

Beyond Me

Video (loop)
00:40
2019

Beyond Me is a conceptual work that was realized as a digital billboard boat that makes its way up and down the beach in Ocean City, Maryland. I chose to commission this boat to display the words “Beyond Me” as an expression of my wonder surrounding this magical, only partially known part of our world and a sense of our inferiority in relation to it. The phrase is commonly used as a means of simultaneously dismissing and refusing responsibility: “It’s beyond me”. This is a meditation on how modern-day capitalism impairs our experience of the natural landscape and through its’ distractions hinders our ability to take action in order to defend our climate during a crucial time.

  • Beyond Me

    A conceptual work that was realized as a digital billboard boat that made its way up and down the beach in Ocean City, Maryland for one day during the summer of 2019. The phrase is commonly used as a means of simultaneously dismissing and refusing responsibility: “It’s beyond me”.
  • Still from 'Beyond Me'

    boat in ocean with LED screen that reads 'Beyond Me'
    Still from 'Beyond Me'

Thirst Trap

Virtual reality experience
04:20
2020

Thirst Trap is a 180 degree, virtual reality experience where the viewer is face to face with the artist as she kneels in a bathtub and drinks an entire fish bowl of water. 

Music Videos

Music videos I've directed and edited. 

  • 'Jason Hatred' by Romantic States

    Music video created for Romantic States song 'Jason Hatred' off their 2019 album - Ballerina. Cinematography by Taylor Hebden. Made in collaboration with: Ilenia Madelaire, Caitlin Helle, Lauren Barbour, Shanna Moinizand. Filmed in Ocean City Maryland, January 2019.
  • 'Your Heart Claps For Me' by Gloop

    Music video for 'Your Heart Claps For Me' by Gloop. Cinematography by Taylor Hebden. Filmed on a scorching hot day in the summer of 2019.
  • 'Something to Say' by Santa Librada

    Music video for 'Something to Say' by Santa Librada. Cinematography by Taylor Hebden. Made in collaboration with Tom Faison (gaffer), Amy Oden (2nd Camera), AG Sherman (Costumes), Hair and Makeup (Caitlin Helle), Santa Librada and Virginia Peters-Rodbell.
  • "Never The Same" Gordy Manny

    Music video for the song 'Never the Same' by the spoken word artist and musician, Gordy Manny
  • End It - Give Up

    Music video for the song 'Give Up' by Baltimore hardcore band, End It.
  • The Holy Circle "Early Morning"

    Music video for the song 'Early Morning' by The Holy Circle.

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