Experimental Video + Sound Studio: Oana Avasilichioaei, Renée Gagnon, Jen Hofer, Jolanta Lapiak, Noah Eli Gordon
After having cleaned up my browser window, I now have only 19 tabs open. This is thanks to Oana Avasilichioaei whose work I wasn’t familiar with before today. She, like Erin Mouré and Caroline Bergvall, is multi-lingual (from what I can count she speaks/translates at least three languages: Romanian, French, and English). She’s got a good bio here and links to video and performances at PennSound.
Anyway, I happened upon Oana Avasilichioaei’s Expeditions of a Chimera at BookThug and have been having an incredible time following her around across the internet. She’s got quite a few articles up at Jacket2 and this was primary way I was able to follow her interests.
What I’ve done here is to leap-frog my way across some of the things happening with experimental video, video usage in performances, and also some of the multi-vocal sound performances that interest me.
“Prologue” from feria: a poempark, text/narration Oana Avasilichioaei, film by Thierry Collins, Montreal, 2008:
(sorry I can’t link to Avasilichioaei’s video directly)
The overlap of image and sound in this from Avasilichioaei makes me think of Renée Gagnon’s
and also Jolanta Lapiak’s performance
and I wish I could include a video of Sawako Nakayasu’s performance at the AWP conference panel for I’ll Drown My Book, but it seems like no one was recording. I’ll do my best to describe, though:
Having collected books from the audience members, Nakayasu was there at the podium using them to respond to the “why”s asked within the I’ll Drown My Book anthology. These “why”s were articulated by a second voice to which Nakayasu “responded.” The way that this second voice was from an invisible source and the way that the two voices pushed and pulled at the space of the room was incredible.
Since I don’t have a recording of that performance, I’ll show you this in which voices are overlapping.
this performance of Noah Eli Gordon’s The Source comes to mind:
and then we have audio from Renée Gagnon from www.radiogrenouille.com In Cold Blood (part 1)
I think this recording of Jen Hofer might also take up a western?
this of course does…
and then maybe we should return to Oana Avasilichioaei’s other video at PennSound: Mirrored, text/narration Oana Avasilichioaei, film by Jessie Altura, Calgary, 2011
before the end…