I started my sound journey at a young age. At age 15, I completed an internship at the Romanian national radio station Europa FM. I have experience working for B-RAD, the student-run radio station at Bennington College in Public Relations. On B-RAD I was the host and DJ for 3 different radio shows: Feel Yourself Friday, the Hangover Pill, and Around the World. I have 4 years of experience in sound work, podcasting, and experimental pieces. It is important to my work to conduct it through a multicultural and gender lens. Check out my SoundCloud for podcasts I have made during my studies and stay tuned for future projects!
Who Holds up Half the Sky? (2022)
“Who Holds up Half the Sky” is an investigative podcast discussing the possibilities of advancing feminist activism in China under censorship and lack of free speech. Influential activist figures appear in China’s history from the Qing dynasty to the Maoist era with its famous quote: “Women Hold up Half the Sky”. But Chinese women have undergone much pressure from foot binding and arranged marriages to unequal pay and domestic violence. Over the years, I have dived deeper into issues of multiculturalism, social activism, and gender identities.
This work defines my curiosity which stems from a continuous movement through distinct cultural spaces, which started in China.
Mixing by Jullian Androkae; Cover art by Meaghan Paine
Listen to the conversation held for the podcast launch below. With special guest, author & professor Ann Feldman.
Beauty In Enormous Bleakness (2022)
Completed for Washington University in St. Louis.
“Beauty In Enormous Bleakness” explores architecture’s relationship to issues of immigration, exclusion, and cultural identity in 20th-century America through a multi-layered investigation of the lives of Japanese-American designers/architects who survived WWII internment, and went on to make vital contributions to the post-war architecture and design landscape of the United States.
In this episode, we will introduce you to Richard Henmi, an architect whose design projects can be found in nearly every corner of the St. Louis region. Many of his buildings––and there are very many in St. Louis!––are greatly beloved, while others remain controversial. Henmi’s long career included the design––or redesign––of many high-profile hotels and public buildings, as well as affordable housing, downtown corporate and retail complexes, department stores, and even a house in the suburbs that he built, board by board, for his family. In this, the first of a two-part episode, we’ll focus on a project that resulted in one of St. Louis’s hallmark buildings––but also exacerbated the city’s deep racial tensions in the 1960s. Council Plaza, a multi-phase housing and commercial development project in midtown St. Louis was built between 1964 and 1968.
Listen to it here.
The journalistic piece investigates the connection between the Romanian people and the country’s leading power institutions. The COVID pandemic shed light on many insecurities of countries around the world. Therefore, the scandals in the public medical system of Romania re-opened a chapter of our history: Colectiv. Listen for an insightful, critical, and personal look at how power overcomes responsibility.
This podcast was created for the „Creative Podcasts” course of Spring 2021 at Bennington College. Many thanks to Senem Pirler for mentorship.
This experimental audio piece is a journey into my experience of the past month of living with the „new normal” of the pandemic as part of the Romanian diaspora. It portrays the lethargy of repetition, the lack of clarity of these times, as well as the joy of reconnecting with family. The sounds used are recordings of phone conversations with my family and the ever-present white noise of my current living space.
Produced for the course „Experimental Radioplay” of Spring 2020 at Bennington College. Many thanks to Senem Pirler for mentorship.”Lethargic Joy” – COVID19 Diaries (Short Experimental Piece)
„Whose Choice is My Choice?” (2019)
This audio piece discusses the topic of abortion from a cultural, social, and political perspective. It introduces the situation of abortion in Communist and post-Communism Romania, as well as the situation of abortion in 21st century USA. By also including a religious standpoint, this piece tries to capture a meaningful understanding of opposing perspectives on the topic of abortion.
This podcast was created for the „Reinventing Radio” course with Thom Loubet in the Spring of 2019 at Bennington College.
A short experimental piece about what living with Misophonia is like. Not enough research was made for this piece, as it was made for a course in the duration of a week. In case it misrepresents misophonia in any way I deeply apologize and kindly ask you to reach out if you so wish and let me know how I could modify the experience and make it more accurate.
„Misophonia is a disorder in which certain sounds trigger emotional or physiological responses that some might perceive as unreasonable given the circumstance. Those who have misophonia might describe it as when a sound “drives you crazy.” Their reactions can range from anger and annoyance to panic and the need to flee.”