a collaborative mixed-media work by composer Sonia Allori and artist Vaia Paziana based on 'Dada's Women' by Ruth Hemus
Sonia Allori is a Scottish/Italian composer, musician, music therapist and writer. She has an MSc in Music Therapy, a PhD in Composition, and holds a research post in disability arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Sonia plays the clarinet, sax, bassoon, flute, whistles, piano (but not all at once!?) and has been known to sing from time to time.
Ruth Hemus is a linguist, teacher, writer and translator with a love of the verbal and visual. She researches the avant-garde movements of the early 20th Century, spanning literature, performance and visual arts. Her postgraduate studies as a mature student were supported by the AHRC and she won a postdoctoral fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust. Ruth is a Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway University, where she is also Programme Director for Liberal Arts.
Vaia Paziana is a visual artist, creative enabler and works in community arts settings (Certitude Visual Arts) based in London. Her personal work is centred around internal conflict and restrictions and its impact on our lives. Visual arrangements vary from narrative staged observations to transforming objects into abstract images or combining analogue mixed media with digital art forms.
In Vaia’s recent work ‘anti’ – ‘or fearful symmetry’ she digitised and animated drawings made by following momentous dynamics, trying to resist a force to let the drawing become ‘something’. She used animation and mirroring to allow the drawings to take ever-changing shapes or meanings, making symmetry which she usually perceives as restrictive, tolerable.