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Pamela Z (San Francisco) collaborating with  Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco)

Award: $40,000 Media Arts Grant awarded in 2008

Installation: Krannert Art Museum, Illinois (January-April 2010) and lobby of Z Space, Theater Artaud, May 2010

Performance premiere: May 20-23, 2010 at Z Space-Project Artaud

Website launch: July 2011

Composer and performer Pamela Z collaborated with the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) to create Baggage Allowance—a sound installation, live performance, and interactive web piece that took the intricacies of modern travel and transport and the concept of luggage as its jumping off point. Using language from interviews with travelers and text from found sources, Pamela Z created a layered sound score that was combined with objects and images in both gallery and performance space. BAVC’s creative staff assisted with the technical plans and interviews, and provided technical assistance for development of the Baggage Allowance website.

Pamela Z has a long history of creating and exhibiting a body of work that ranges from concerts of short experimental music works to large-scale, theatrical, multi-media performances and sound and video installations. BAVC is a nonprofit media arts center that was founded in 1976 by a coalition of media makers and activists who wanted to find alternative, civic-minded applications for new technology. It provides industry-certified video, digital audio, web design, and multimedia training to more than 5,000 students and professionals annually.

Baggage Allowance gave Pamela Z an opportunity to expand her work into the arenas of visual arts and media installation.