Alejandro Arauz

Affiliation: Nipissing University/Near North Voices Choir
Presentation: Interest Session, Research Paper Presentation, Participatory Workshop
Title: "From re-creation to creation: Taking your choir "outside of the box" through interdisciplinary performance art"
Abstract: When members of a university-community choir partnered with a performance artist to forge the multi-media performance art work “Choir Chant,” they moved beyond their traditional re-creative roles into the realm of artistic creation. Project participants will discuss their process and perspectives, and will involve the audience in a workshop in which the elements music will be applied to works of poetry to make them “performative.”

Alejandro Arauz (MFA, BFA) is an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues of identity, diaspora, and transplantation through the vernacular of print media, performance, video, drawing and painting. Digital applications allow Alejandro to create bridges between mediums to expand on the lineage of his imagery. Alejandro is particularly interested in the Latin American Diaspora within Canada and the USA. He was born in Nicaragua and raised in Canada. Alejandro has exhibited in Canada, USA and Cuba, in addition to receiving grants and awards from the Ontario Arts Council, Queen’s University and Louisiana State University. Alejandro currently teaches in the fine art departments at Nipissing University, the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Queen’s University and the University of New Mexico.