Experience the Aquarium like never before with an immersive audiovisual journey exploring biodiversity and an after party featuring a live DJ set and local food vendors.
When: Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 7 to 11 pm
Where: 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Who: Adults 21+
About Voyages: Chapter 1
At the intersection of art and science lies Voyages, an original immersive event series at the National Aquarium that inspires connection to nature and celebrates all things Baltimore. At Voyages: Chapter 1, voyagers will embark on an audio-focused tour of the National Aquarium's exhibits, listening to original soundscape tracks composed by local beatboxer, vocal percussionist and breath artist Shodekeh.
This audio is inspired by Shodekeh's extensive research from the months he spent in the Aquarium exploring the topics of biodiversity and animal communication as well as his conversations with experts within our walls and in the field, including our featured scientist for the event, Ashakur Rahaman of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The audio waves of the soundscape will be translated into visual displays projected throughout the building, allowing voyagers to engage in a multisensory journey.
Following the immersive audio tour in the Aquarium's Pier 3 building, voyagers will make their way to Pier 4 for an after party featuring a live DJ set from Baltimore-based musician and producer Wendel Patrick, as well as local vendors serving up some of the best of the Baltimore food scene.
This is where art and science meet. This is a one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Baltimore and the connection we share with the natural world. This is the Aquarium like you've never experienced it before. This is Voyages. Are you ready to embark on a journey into the deep?
Support for this event provided by the Marjorie Lynn Bank Endowment.
About the Artist
Dominic "Shodekeh" Talifero has over 35 years of personal, professional and community-based experience as a beatboxer, vocal percussionist and breath artist. Through his work in Baltimore and beyond, he's explored how to push the boundaries of the human voice while redefining what it means to be a professional in his field.
Photo credit: Lauren Castellana / Towson University
In addition to establishing the world's first living beatbox archive at the Towson University Special Collections & University Archives, Shodekeh is also the first-ever Innovator-in-Residence of Towson's College of Fine Arts & Communication and the first breath artist to debut as a performer and composer at Carnegie Hall.
As the featured artist for Voyages: Chapter 1, Shodekeh will be exploring the topic of biodiversity—with a focus on animal communication and shared traits of musicality between animals and humans—through his own vocalizations as well as the vocalizations of aquatic animals. The soundscapes he produces for the event will come to life as visual displays thanks to collaboration with 3D-5D visual artist and multimedia content synthesizer Erica Hansen and her work with cymatic visualizations, a method of turning audio waves into visual images.
In addition to Erica, Shodekeh's artistic team includes composer, DJ, sound art educator and hip-hop music curator Dr. Erik Spangler.
About the Scientist
At the The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Ashakur Rahaman coordinates the center's monitoring project of endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Massachusetts Bay, which utilizes soundscapes of these animals to study their population and migration patterns.
Ashakur brings a passion for marine bioacoustics and environmental conservation to Voyages, and as the featured scientist for the event, his interview with Shodekeh will inspire and inform the soundscape that voyagers will experience as they tour the Aquarium's Pier 3 building. Ashakur is joined by his colleague from the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Dr. Aaron Rice.
After exploring the immersive audio experience in Pier 3, voyagers will make their way to Pier 4 for the after party experience, which kicks off at 8 pm. During the after party, voyagers are welcome to tour the Jellies Invasion exhibit in Pier 4; please note that Dolphin Discovery will be closed during the event.
Featuring Wendel Patrick
The after party will feature local food vendors serving up some of the best of the Baltimore food scene and a live DJ set from award-winning musician, producer and composer Wendel Patrick.
Local Food & Beverage
Voyages is a 21+ event; alcoholic and zero-proof options will be available throughout the evening. The bar menu is curated by Kendra Robinson from B-Side Cocktail Lounge and Sagamore Pendry.
Last call for food and beverage will be 10:30 pm. Food and beverage is not included in the ticket price. Food sales from these local Baltimore vendors will start at 8 pm in Pier 4:
7 pm | Doors Open
7 to 9 pm | Immersive Audio Tour in Pier 3
8 pm | Pier 4 Opens, Food Sales Begin
9 to 11 pm | After Party Featuring Live DJ Set From Wendel Patrick
10:30 pm | Last Call for Food and Beverage
11 pm | Event Ends
- Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend the event.
- The Aquarium is committed to welcoming all guests to experience the wonders of the world's aquatic treasures, and a variety of services are available for guests with disabilities. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request disability accommodations for the Voyages experience; advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.
- Guests will enter through the Aquarium's Main Entrance of the Pier 3 building; please be prepared with photo ID.
- Food and beverage will be available for purchase and are not included in the ticket price.
- Dolphin Discovery and Australia: Wild Extremes will be closed during this event; Upland Tropical Rain Forest is temporarily closed for renovation.
- Lockers and coat check will not be available for the event.
Community Access Tickets
The Voyages event series is building a community of hopeful conservationists that is inclusive of a spectrum of identity and creative curiosity. We believe accessible admission, regardless of economic circumstances, is critical for this aim. If you are experiencing economic adversity that prevents you from purchasing the full ticket price, please fill out the Voyages Access Ticket application to be entered into a drawing for tickets.
Parking tickets pulled from the Aquarium's three partner garages—Harbor Park Garage, LAZ Inner Harbor Garage and Parkway Lockwood Place Garage—can be validated for a discount to event guests.
Community & Scientific Advisors
Voyages wouldn't be possible without the invaluable collaboration provided by our community advisors, scientific advisors and event production partners:
- Jason Bass: Director of Culture and Impact, Hotel Revival; Founder, Night Brunch
- Chyno 'The Blue Bearded Foodie': Food Persona and Culinary Activist
- Annalisa Dias: Co-Founder, Groundwater Arts; Director of Artistic Partnerships & Innovation, Baltimore Center Stage
- Marisa Dobson: Founder, Scintillate; Partner, Church Cocktail Bar
- Lucas Gerace: Board Game Designer and Award-Winning Magician
- Carlos Guillen: Audio Engineer
- Sam Hanson: Manager, Baltimore Farmers' Market; Combat Roboticist
- Aran Keating: Executive Director, Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS)
- Ursula Marcum: Co-Artistic Director, Submersive Productions; Puppeteer
- Tatiana Mason: Programs Director, Backyard Basecamp
- Patrick McMinn: Experiential Sound Composer, Multimedia Artist; Manager, The Crown
- Michele Minnick: Founder, Vital Matters
- Ashley Molese: Curator, Smithsonian FUTURES; Festival Organizer, Light City Festival
- Glenn Ricci: Co-Artistic Director, Submersive Productions; Composer
- Marvin Roxas: Creative Organizer, Service Leader, Disaster Response Specialist
- Black in Marine Science
- Benjamin Colbert: Graduate Researcher, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
- Jack Cover: General Curator, National Aquarium
- Grey Cubbage: Tours & Experience Aide, National Aquarium
- Sylvia Rickett: Curator of Dolphin Discovery, National Aquarium
- Loranzie Rogers: Member, Black in Marine Science; PhD Candidate, University of Washington's Sisneros Lab
- Kirsten Silva: Research Assistant, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake DolphinWatch
- Jamie Testa: Project Coordinator, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake DolphinWatch