Performing Technology: SpokenWeb presents Oana Avasilichioaei
Performing Technology is an investigation into the electroacoustic tools and methods that poets and sound-artists use to manipulate and create sound poetry and sound art. The opening performance debuts a new electroacoustic work by the Concordia student recipients of a SpokenWeb research creation award.
The feature performance is by poet and sound-artist Oana Avasilichioaei, who will be performing her multimedia piece OPERATOR, composed of concept, text, images, visual effects, video and live electroacoustic sound.
After the performance, a question and answer panel with performers explores the technology used in their artistic practice, along with questions such as:
- How can technology compose poetic sound?
- Can ‘smart’ tech be ‘smart’ sound?
- What happens when improvisation meets technology?
Organizers encourage audience members to ask questions and to reflect upon the experience of hearing this performance with and through technology.
About Oana Avasilichioaei
Oana Avasilichioaei interweaves poetry, translation, photography, sound and performance to explore an expanded idea of language, polylingual and polyphonic poetics, historical structures, borders,and orality. Her six poetry collections include We, Beasts (Wolsak & Wynn 2012), which won the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry, Limbinal (Talonbooks 2015) and Eight Track(Talonbooks 2019), a poetic, sonic, visual investigation of ideas around tracks/tracking.
Her recent sound-performance works include EIGHT OVER TWO (2019), which won the Semi Silent Award, and OPERATOR (2018). Avasilichioaei is currently writing a libretto for a one-act opera (FAWN, Toronto). She has also translated eight books of poetry and prose, including Bertrand Laverdure’s Governor General Literary Award-winning book Readopolis (Book*hug 2017). Based in Montreal, Avasilichioaei was the 2018 Audain Visual Artist in Residence at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.