Oedaadaao by Irina Botea Bucan & Jon Dean | SEMI SILENT

Oedaadaao

A journey through Enescu’s Oedipus and Tzara’s poetry
Irina Botea Bucan & Jon Dean
(2m12s, November 2021)

A sonic portrait of Tescani through assembling all of the “da” sounds from our daily conversations and informal interviews facilitated during our residency period.

 

The sound translates indistinctively as both an affirmation (da = yes) and doubt (da’ is the shortcut sound for dar = but).

 

In the context of Tescani (both village and George Enescu residency) two distinct temporalities co-exist: that of the short and temporary visits of invited artists alongside the repetitive working cycles of the local inhabitants; witnessed in the crops growing underneath high voltage electricity poles. All of these actions are situated in the vicinity of Tristan Tzara’s birthplace.

 

Oedaadaao is a title without registered meaning or definition… the choice of these letters represents the ongoing journey through Enescu’s Oedipus and Tzara’s sound poetry both of which have their origins within the local area.

 

 

Sound piece created during the SONIC FUTURE RESIDENCIES organized by Asociația Jumătatea plină and SEMI SILENT at the George Enescu National Museum in Tescani Village, Bacău County, Romania in September 2021.

 

 

Photo: Nicu Ilfoveanu

 

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Irina Botea Bucan (b. Ploiești, Romania) has developed a intertwined artist-educator-researcher methodological framework that consistently questions dominant socio-political ideas and centralizes human agency as a vehicle for meaning. Her current focus is on the de-centralization of cultural discourses and the possibility of sustaining creative differentiation that arguably exists outside of a dominant hegemonic system of values and critique. She teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bucharest University of Arts, and is currently pursuing a PHD at Goldsmiths University of London. Solo and group shows include: 55th Venice Biennale, New Museum, New York, MUSAC (Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilia and Leon), Pompidou Centre, Paris, National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kunsthalle Winterthur, Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; MUSAC-Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain, Gwangju Biennale 2010, U -Turn Quadriennial, Copenhagen; 51st Venice Biennale; Prague Bienale; Kunstforum, Vienna; Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels; MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art), Bucharest; Museum of Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowki Castle, Warsaw. Festivals: Artefact Festival, Leuven, Rotterdam Film Festival, Impakt Panorama, Utrecht; Polis Adriatic Europe Festival; Awards: Impakt Film Festival Silver Award, International Residence at Recollets, Cité des Arts, Paris, Constantin Brancusi.

 

Recording, editing, and mixing by Irina Botea Bucan for SEMI SILENT.

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