In 2000, I moved from Auburn to Buffalo to study at the University at Buffalo's Department of Media Study. This “rust belt” city houses a large number of out-of-state and international students. The student experience
is often one of transience. These experiences led me to develop Transient Views of Western New York, a project funded in part by the Niagara Council on the Arts. I pondered about what places in Western New York would be
intriguing to students of the renowned Poetics Program at UB and how they would write about particular places. What kind of poetic map can be created by those not from Buffalo and its surrounding areas? I worked with twelve
poets/musicians whose origins are as distant as Korea and Portugal and as near as Philadelphia. Using poetry as a surveying device, the collaboration mapped the urban, suburban, and rural areas of the Buffalo region with language.
Technically this was accomplished by recording the poets onto digital audio tape, and interpreting the poems using video/film footage from specific sites. The work was then edited together, maintaining each poem’s rhythm
and form. My role as video maker was to mediate subjective perceptions of these “outsiders” in hopes of creating unique views of the region for those who have lived here most of their lives. In spring 2002, Transient Views of
Western New York was aired on public access in Erie and Niagara counties.
Participating poets musicians, and artists included: Mona Niculescu, Sandra Guerreiro, Kyle Schlesinger, Linda Russo, Christopher Alexander, Jessica Smith, Alejandro Rutty, Amela Kazazovic, Kristen Gallagher, Ric Royer, Eun-Gwi Chung, and Susanna Paju.
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