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David Schwartz

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July 28, 8:30am • Cinéma Elvire Popesco • part of a series on Equality

David Schwartz is a theatre artist and theoretician based in Bucharest. He is interested in: counter-hegemonic perspectives towards local and global history; the social and human impact of the post-socialist transition. He is the co-founder of the arts&politics magazine/website Gazeta de Artă Politică, co-initiator of the Political Theatre Platform, member of the self-organized artist and woker collective MACAZ – Bar Theatre Coop. In 2016, he finished a PhD at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, developing a research on the political and ethical aspects of the interactions between artists and subaltern groups.

Photo credits: First - Cosmin Bumbut; Second - Viviana Ball; Third - Anya Dimitrov.

Doru Trăscău is a Bucharest born self-taught musician, motorcycle addict, and father of two. He started playing guitar at 17 and didn’t stop ever since. 2000 marks the year of his debut band, AB4. Toxic, the band’s first release, tops the charts and the band will rapidly establish a name. With the very same band Doru wins the M.T.V. European Awards - Best Local Act - in 2003. In 2008, AB4 stops its activity and Doru starts a new project: The Mono Jacks. The newly formed band quickly makes an impression and becomes a reference for the local indie scene.

Doru is actively working as a graphic designer. For the past 7 years he has been an interface designer for FIFA, the very famous EA Sports game.

He’s currently writing new material for The Mono Jacks’ upcoming album.

Photo credits: First - Petrică Tănase; Second - Svetlana Cârstean

Iulian Tănase was born on 3 September 1973 in Moinești, Bacău. He graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies in 1999, and from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Bucharest in 2010. He was an editor for the satirical magazines Academia Cațavencu (1997-2010) and Kamikaze (2010-2011). A radio producer at Radio Guerrilla since 2004, he is currently hosting a weekend morning show entitled Războiul Sfîrșitului Săptămînii (The War of the End of the Week).

He is a creative writing teacher and storytelling trainer for children and adults.

Among the volumes published in Romania: Îngerotica [Angelo-erotica] (1999), Poeme pentru orice eventualitate [Poems Just in Case] (2000), Iubitafizica [Loverphysics] (2002, 2003, 2013), Sora exactă [The Precise Sister] (2003), Ochiul exploziv [The Explosive Eye] (2006), Trusa instalatorului de umbre [The Shadow Plumber’s Toolbox] (2006, together with Dan Stanciu), Abisa [Abyssa] (2007, 2016), Adora (2009), Cucamonga (2011), Oase migratoare [Migratory Bones] (2011), Manualul Îmblînzitorului de Cafele [The Coffee Whisperer’s Handbook] (2013), Teoria tăcerii [The Theory of Silence] (2015), Experimentul MAMATATA [The MUMANDDAD Experiment](2015).

He has published the following abroad: Balkanische Alphabete (together with Constantin Acosmei and Vasile Leac), translations by: Sabine Küchler, Hans Till and Ernest Wichner, Wunderhorn, Heidelberg (2009), Aimétaphysique (la science des amours imaginaires), translated by Valentina Butoescu, Éditions Le Coudrier, Belgia (2010), La Demonadologio, translated into Esperanto by Ionel Oneț, Eldonejo Bero, Rotterdam (2013).

He was the coordinator of the collective volume Pentru Gellu Naum / For Gellu Naum, Editura Vinea/ICARE, 2002. He coordinates the publication Athanor. Caietele Fundaţiei Gellu Naum with Dan Stanciu and Sebastian Reichmann.

He has participated at the International Writers Workshop, Hong Kong (2008) as a visiting writer and at the London International Festival of Surrealism (2007, 2008) with various works. His texts are published in reviews and anthologies in Romania, Germany, Austria, UK, the United States, Hong Kong, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and France. He has given public readings in China, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Romania.

In 2009 he was awarded the Hubert Burda Prize for young Eastern European poets (Offenburg, Germany), and in 2011 he received the 1+1+1=1 Trinity / Literature Prize (Graz, Austria).

Photo credits: First - Vlad Roman, Second - Ciprian Hord.

Lavinia Braniște was born in 1983 in Brăila. She studied foreign languages and literatures in Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest and now she lives in Bucharest, where she translates children’s literature and sometimes writes.

She started writing poetry when she was in primary school and grew up listening to her grandfather’s stories, who used to make her cardboard toys and colourful kites which they flew “on the railway”. Together with her grandfather she would crawl under a wire fence and into the nursery garden near the railways, where they would gather grass for the chickens and yellow dandelions for her mother. With her grandmother, she would pick up thistles to put on the house roof on Whit Sunday, and the next morning they would inspect them to see whose luck had grown the most. “Children’s books fell on me out of the blue after a twenty-year break, during which I changed jobs and rents and learned to live on my own,” Lavinia Branişte confesses. “I write because I like it. And it took me twenty years to admit to this openly.”

She published Povești cu mine (poems, 2006), Cinci minute pe zi (short stories, 2011), Escapada (short stories, 2014), Rostogol merge acasă (short novel for children, 2016) and Interior zero (novel, 2016).

First photo by Radu Afrim. Second photo by Angelique Surrel.

Gianina Cărbunariu – theatre director. Among recent performances: Vorbiți Tăcere?/ Sprechen Sie Schweigen?, Oameni obișnuiți and Solitaritate at the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, Artists Talk, producer Arcub, co-producer of Piese Refractare, De vînzare/For Sale and Tipografic Majuscul at the Odeon Theatre, X mm din Y km at Fabrica de Pensule in Cluj – producted by Colectiv A, and Sold Out at the Kammerspiele Theatre in Munchen. In 2014, she was invited with the Solitaritate performance in the official selection of the Avignon Festival, and in 2016, she was again present in the festival selection as the playwright of the Tigern performance produced by the Swedish company Jupither Josephsson. In 2015, De Vînzare/For Sale performance has received the UNITER award for the best performance of the year. Artists Talk is nominated at UNITER in the Best Performance of the Year in 2016 category.

Other participations at international festivals: The International Liège Festival, New Plays From Europe Wiesbaden Biennale, Wiener Festwochen, Festival TransAmériques in Montreal, International Theatre Festival Dialog-Wroclaw, International Theatre Festival Kontakt in Torun, Konfrontacje Festival in Lublin, Divadelná Nitra Festival in Slovakia, LIFT Londra, New Drama in Budapest, Mladi Levi in Ljubljana, New Drama in Moscow etc.

Her plays were also mounted by other directors in European theaters such as the Royal Court in London, Schaubuhne Berlin, Munich Kammerspiele, the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, and also in the USA, Canada, South America, Japan, Israel, Istanbul etc.

Adi Bulboacă was born in the summer of 1988 and sixteen years later he started taking photos. In all the cities he goes, he always knows where to find two things - the theater and the train stations. 

He seeks to capture the patina in all the environments he interacts with, because he believes that the goal of photography is that of encapsulating time. ”Time passes over objects, and it’s the more or less subtle trail it leaves behind that interests me with every frame.”

Constantin Vică is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and researcher at the Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest. His main fields of interest are computer and information ethics, roboethics, philosophy of computer science, social and political philosophy, and the critique of intellectual property. 

He published several articles and studies on information and ownership, intelligent assistive technologies, online trust, web search engines ethics, digital dialectics, pirate politics, evolution of programming languages, and free software, authorship and intellectual property; he also co-edited „Filosofia științelor umane. In memoriam Mihail Radu Solcan” (2015, University of Bucharest Press).

Paul Breazu is a Romanian journalist, with an experience of over a decade in the area of lifestyle magazines. In parallel, he collaborated with cultural magazines such as REPUBLIK, Sunete and Dilema Veche, writing articles on music and pop culture. 

Currently he is involved in projects dealing with the archeology of Romanian pop music (Batiscaf Radio, Discotecă) and the cultural, social and political condition of the music belonging to/produced in marginal/marginalised communities (PARADAIZ). He is also a DJ—under the alias Rekabu—and writes a regular column on music in Dilema Veche magazine.


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Sorina Vazelina (b. 1986) is a sort of illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer,
with pretzels for brains. Over the past ten years she has been dabbling in a variety of techniques, ranging from vector graphics and collage, to etching and screen printing. She graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from the Arts Faculty in Timișoara and received an MA in Graphic Arts from the National Arts University of Bucharest. Synopsis Media and It’s Everyday are two of the visual communication studios that moulded the creature that today goes by the pseudonym Vazelina.

Having collaborated with the likes of Esquire magazine Romania, Playboy, Omagiu, Tataia, Regard Revue, Vice and Scena9, Sorina has developed a distinct chameleonic approach to editorial illustration. She has been publishing her own booklets and zines for a while now, and alongside Primitiv Print’s screen printer Grigore, they have developed a collection of bizarre posters and trinkets.

By Elena Văduva.

Oana Șandru wears purple sneakers. “Well, they are somewhat purple.” She is from Reșița, a ”shrinking city”, as she calls it, where everyone knows everyone and where you can’t make a move without other people noticing it. In Bucharest, Oana is creative and designs bags.  

From basketball, a sport she thought she was good at but realized that her teacher didn’t really know the rules of, to chemistry, which she loved and dreamed of pursuing, Oana decided to become a copywriter. She wanted to use her love for poetry in creative projects, so she applied to SNSPA in Bucharest. A lot of her friends went to Timișoara, a city much closer to Reșița, so Oana felt really alone in Bucharest, where she found herself surrounded by unknown people and buildings.

In the second year of college, things changed. She got an internship at Mercury360, an advertising agency where she currently works. She remembers the internship very well. She didn’t know how to use Adobe Illustrator, so she downloaded it the night before the final meeting. Her task was to create an advertising campaign for a real client, a brand of memory pills. She managed to finish the project by using a casino table for her advertising poster. She wrote: ”How many cards can you remember?”, a clear reference to the movie (and game) 21. She never imagined that her project was going to open the door to a career as a copywriter.

When she was 16, Oana decided it was time for her to create something special. One of her friends was already making bracelets and some girls from another class were even part of a makers association. She decided to design bags, so she asked her mother to buy her a sewing machine. They bought it from Top Shop, a teleshopping business, and Oana remembers she could only use it once. She managed to create a bag out of some old jeans, even if the sewing machine could not handle the entire job and she had to sew by hand the last part. She posted it on her newly made blog and on, a site for handmade clothes and accessories. Her bag was bought in two hours, so Oana knew her business was going to work. Now, several years later, Oana still makes bags and she sells them through her facebook profile.

Oana can’t remember the first time she attended CreativeMornings Bucharest. She just used the opportunity to meet with some friends and, since then, being with us every morning became a sort of monthly escape for her. She loves the coffee and the people who come to speak at CreativeMornings. She hopes she will one day sum up the courage to ask the questions she wants to ask. She always has lots of questions for the speakers, but she never dares to raise her hand up. Being shy is a part of her personality. Just as her purple sneakers.