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Stefana Fratila & Diana Lynn VanderMeulenRO/CA+CA

Stefana Fratila & Diana Lynn VanderMeulen<sup>RO/CA+CA</sup>
Stefana Fratila & Diana Lynn VanderMeulenRO/CA+CA
Dome Live 1

05.04 | 9:00 pm_9:45 pm
Stefana Fratila x Diana Lynn VanderMeulen

© Shelby Fenlon

Stefana Fratila is a Romanian-born artist, composer and sound designer based in Toronto, Canada. She is also a DJ and co-founder of Crip Rave, an event platform showcasing and prioritizing Crip, Disabled, Deaf, Mad, and Sick body-minds within safer and more accessible rave spaces. She created Sononaut, 8 open-source VST plug-ins that emulate the atmospheric conditions of the planets in our solar system in collaboration with NASA scientists and Jen Kutler. She has exhibited and performed her work internationally, including at MoMA and e-flux (New York, USA), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), and the International Symposium on Electronic Art (Paris, France). She was a winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Sound Editing (2022) and her film scores have screened at Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal, Le Centre Pompidou, and The Viennale.

Diana Lynn VanderMeulen is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her practice is fluid between analogue and digital mediums with a focus on extended reality and cyclical material use as she develops expansive, multisensory environments. Her ongoing Extended Reality project A Boundless and Radiant Aura recently premiered with Debaser at SAW Gallery in Ottawa, and with Toutoune Gallery in Toronto. Other recent works include a solo hybrid physical-virtual exhibition Shimmer of a Petal, Now a mountain Stream, with Sky Fine Foods & ArtGate VR, and self released Augmented-Reality application Swampy GoGo, which extends digital realities from a series of 2D mixed media landscapes. Alongside a collaborative representation with Sky Fine Foods, VanderMeulen has been involved in many public and DIY ventures. She has shown at The AGO, The Canadian Embassy (Tokyo, Japan), CADAF Paris, The Gardiner Museum, and Idea Exchange.

"I want to leave this Earth behind“ is a multisensory project by Stefana Fratila and Diana Lynn VanderMeulen which centers on outer space exploration, speculative-fictive realities, and Crip futurity. Engaging audiences in an immersive exercise of imagining interplanetary and sci-fantastical atmospheres– conditions that are inherently unlivable, unbreathable, converting all human body-minds into disabled-bodied-ness. This show combines three overarching works: Sononaut (VSTs) & "I Want to Leave this Earth Behind" (2LP) by Fratila, and "A Boundless and Radiant Aura" (Extended Reality) by VanderMeulen. A research-creation residency with the Society for Arts and Technology granted Fratila and VanderMeulen the time and tools to transform their work into a 40-minute immersive A/V show, specifically formatted to the Satosphère’s multichannel sound system and 360-degree projectors.
Genres: Sci-fi, Crip Futurity, XR, Art & Science, speculative futures, Extended Reality, Magic Window, Multisensory experience, Open-source, Sound art, Outer space, Experimental Animation, Immersive sound, Immersive video.