On November 7, 2015, as part of WORDS Festival, VibraFusionLab sponsored the performance of ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of All Ages’ at Museum London. The first of it’s kind and the premiere of this performance, it featured the Euphonopen technology and presented Kitchener artist Isabella Stefanescu, software designer Klaus Engel and Hamilton poet Amanda Jernigan. This co-production marked the first time that we are aware of, that a public performance encompassed the technology of a sound-activating digital drawing also activated an additional sensory experience of the vibrotactile.

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Our next exciting visiting artist is Moe Clark from Montreal.

Moe Clark is a renowned multidisciplinary Métis artist, looping pedal mistress, spoken word poet, educator, artistic producer, public speaker, activist……and our next exciting visiting artist at VibraFusionLab.

Moe facilitates writing, spoken word performance, and looping pedal workshops in high schools, communities and with young Aboriginal peoples with a basis for de-habitualizing speech and deepening personal and collective awareness. In 2010 she was chosen as Leonard Cohen Poet in Residence (Westmount High School, 2010) and has since worked with the Quebec Writers’ Federation + The Centre for Literacy: Writers in the Community program to facilitate workshops in high schools and other facilities. Working with accessibility and inclusivity, Moe uses the microphone as a talking stick, to establish mutual respect and active listening with youth. Further to youth based workshops she facilitates professional-level workshops geared towards advancing spoken word performance, empowerment skills and vocal improvisation.

At VibraFusionLab Moe will be exploring the various vibrotactile systems we have available and will be doing a public performance at weeks end. TBA

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Full Moon Fling photos at Mont Tremblant

Among her many AWARDS

Poet of Honour, Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, Victoria, BC
Banff Centre Aboriginal Vocal Intensive Scholarship, Banff, AB

All The Way In Voice Master Training Scholarship with Rhiannon, California
Canada Council for the Arts Aboriginal Music Grant “Back to Where My Heart Belongs”

Canada Council for the Arts Spoken Word Creation Grant “Within” Album

le Prix LOJIQ for International Cultural Engagement for Bird Messengers Collaboration
Leonard Cohen Poet in Residence Award + Residency, Montreal, QC
Canada Council for the Arts Inter-Arts Grant for Bird Messengers, Montreal, QC

Montréal Arts Interculturel Residency for Bird Messengers Collective, Montreal, QC.
Canada Council for the Arts Creation Grant for “Intersecting Circles” Video Poem, AB
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant for “Intersecting Circles” Video Poem, AB

Canada Council for the Arts Spoken Word Creation Grant for “Circle of She” Album

CBC Poetry Face Off First Place, Calgary, AB


Concrete Poetry Mix

Presented by VibraFusionLab in collaboration with artist Isabela Stefanescu (Euphonopen) and Poet Amanda Jernigan

In conjunction with WORDS Fest,  London

November 7, 2015

12:00 to 5:00 pm

Centre Gallery, Museum London

Participants will record a poem or a fragment of a poem which will become a sample that can be manipulated in the making of a drawing or writing of the poem – a visual and aural mix tape of the original poem. With the wonder of VibraFusionLab technology the poem will also be presented as a tactile experience. Any poem goes – from nursery rhymes, to the classics, or poems that participants have created. We can watch, listen to and feel a concrete poem as it is being created.


A multi-media, multi-sensory performance at WORDS Fest, London.


November 7, 2015

7:00 to 8:00 pm

Centre Gallery, Museum London

The performance will feature poet Amanda Jernigan performing some of her latest poems that use nursery rhymes as a point of departure. Her performance will be accompanied by live interactive projections and sound created with the Euphonopen by visual artist Isabella Stefanescu. These combined audio elements will then be channeled through VibraFusionLab’s haptic systems providing an innovative vibrotactile translation that can be experienced by the audience.


The performance of a drawing contains information and expression that a finished drawing does not. The Euphonopen is an instrument that captures the complexity of mark-making movement and translates it into sound. Through the Euphonopen, drawing – as a subset of dance – becomes integrated with music and allows us to see and hear the drawing expressed in time as well as space.The Euphonopen prototype uses a Wacom tablet to digitize the movement of a person who draws. It collects data from the drawing such as speed, acceleration, inclination of the pen, position of the tip of the pen on the surface, distance traveled from the start of the drawing, direction of movement, curvature of movement, and pressure.


The Alternative Sensory Information Display (ASID) system is the foundation of the VibraFusionLab technology. Also referred to as the Emoti-Chair, it was developed at Inclusive Media and Design Centre, and SMART Lab (Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology Lab), Ryerson University and at Tactile Audio Display Inc., Toronto. The technology separates audio signals into discrete vibrotactile output channels (voice coils) that can be presented on the body to create a high-resolution audio tactile experience through direct connection with musical instruments, live sound and digital sound files.


Isabella Stefanescu


Amanda Jernigan


Klaus Engel


David Bobier

About the artists:

David Bobier is a multi-disciplinary artist with a strong connection to the Deaf and Disability Arts community. He is Founder, Director and Curator of VibraFusionLab in London, Ontario that investigates multi-sensory artistic modalities in the creation and presentation of art by and for people of all abilities. VibraFusionLab specializes in researching and implementing the considerable potential of the vibrotactile in generating artistic development and innovative research in the broader arts community. The use of this type of interactive multi-sensory approach provides those with different abilities to experience equal participation in art making and provides the potential to make various forms of artistic expression more accessible.

He is also Founder and Chair of London Ontario Media Arts Association and Secretary of the Board of Media Arts Network Ontario.

Klaus Engel (machine designer) is Staff Scientist at COM DEV Ltd. in Cambridge, Ontario. Over the past 35 years he has developed electromechanical systems for spacecraft supporting telecommunications, earth observation, and solar system exploration. His creations are represented on 800 flying spacecraft, several dozen in the Atlantic Ocean, and one inadvertently impaled into the Martian surface. More recently he has brought his craft down to earth to create or enable multimedia and kinetic art. He has collaborated on several interdisciplinary projects exhibited at Lennox Gallery in Toronto, Banff New Media Institute, Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Amanda Jernigan (poet) is a writer, scholar, and editor. Born in Kitchener and raised in rural Waterloo Region, she spent years on the east coast of Canada before returning to Ontario to begin work on a Ph.D. She is author of two books of poems (Groundwork and All the Daylight Hours — the first of these shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award in 2012) and of a short book on the poetry of Peter Sanger; she is editor of The Essential Richard Outram and, most recently, co-editor of Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poems. Her poems have been published in Poetry, PN Review, and The Best Canadian Poetry. Jernigan has collaborated with theatre artists in Halifax and St. John’s and, more locally, with composers James Rolfe and Michael Purves-Smith. With her husband, visual artist John Haney, she has created hand-printed pamphlets and broadsides under the imprint Gauntlet Press.

Isabella Stefanescu (visual artist) is a painter, media artist, writer and producer. She began learning to paint in her native Romania at a school for gifted children. As a teenager she came to Canada and was awarded a Descartes scholarship at the University of Waterloo, where she studied mathematics, fine arts and art history. In 2008 she completed the Telus interactive arts and entertainment residency at the Canadian Film Centre. Her work has been exhibited in public and private galleries in Canada, France, and the U.S.A. The films she wrote, produced or designed have been shown at festivals in Canada, Germany, France and Italy. Isabella Stefanescu received the K.M. Hunter award for interdisciplinary art

What happens when you play around with a wearable motion-tracking device that turns movement into music, a vibrotactile system that turns sound into vibration and a contemporary dancer that just loves new ideas??

We are about to find out at VibraFusionLab!!!

From October 19 to the 22 the Lab is excited to be hosting a residency with the SoMo team from Toronto. Combine that with the energy+ of improvisational dancer, Dorit Osher (The Muze) and the sany stuff that already is going on at VibraFusioLab and we have the potential for something pretty special.


Loretta Faveri is the founder of Sonicwear, designers of the SOMO device and co-designer of the SOMO SOund & MOvement Workshop. Her former life as a professional belly dancer and her studies in art, design and wearable electronics at OCAD University led to the development of SOMO.


Dorit Osher uses improvisational practices, embodied expressive arts, and somatic psychology in her work as a dancer and psychotherapist. Dorit is interested in how dance can be a shared language that allows us to connect, witness and share our stories.


The end result of this will be a ‘surprising’  composite and interactive performance that will be happening at The Muze on the evening of Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 pm. If you don’t see it … you can’t talk about it!!!

The Muze/1- 242 DUNDAS ST/London

VibraFusionLab/355 Clarence Street/London

VibraFusionLab is continuing to move forward in exploring new technologies for supporting the movement of Deaf and Disability Arts in Ontario and Canada.

VFL is excited to bring the SoMo team to the Lab from October 19 to the 22 to experiment with ways of integrating the SoMo system with our own vibrotactile technology.  You can only imagine what we might get up to during this short residency.

And we are not stopping at that!!! VFL has invited Dorit Osher of The Muze to bring her worldly experience in innovative dance to join in on the creative ‘happening’. With all of this going on we have decided ‘why not share it’? So on Thursday evening, October 22, the ‘happening’ will go public with an evening of interactive performance combining dance, sound activation and the vibrotactile at The Muze.

Please consider dropping in, meeting the SoMo team and getting a glimpse of our collaborative research. If that is happening or isn’t, you can get your ‘fix’ with a wrap up of the week at The Muze!

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SOMO is a wireless, wearable motion-tracking device that turns movement into music. Making music with your body opens up wonderful opportunities for collaboration, creativity and performance all of which we inspire through our workshops.

Loretta Faveri is the founder of Sonicwear, designers of the SOMO device and co-designer of the SOMO SOund & MOvement Workshop. Her former life as a professional belly dancer and her studies in art, design and wearable electronics at OCAD University led to the development of SOMO. She says, “Giving people of all ages the ability to control sound through movement is my dream. We strive to improve on what we have already accomplished.”



Ready for the road!!


For those of you who have been to EE you will be familiar with the various highly specialized and utilitarian gallery spaces! The interior of this transport trailer was my special space. Here I am mounting some mid-size transducers on the outside.


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Mary Ocher

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Thursday night, September 17,  hit a memorable high mark with the performance of Berlin musician/performance artist Mary Ocher. Part way through a month long international tour to promote her recent album ‘Eden’, Mary lit up the stage with a soulful blend of musicianship and vocals.

Dreamsploitation closed the evening off with a richly-textured and juicy flow of electronically blended sounds.

The evening was the kick-off of a 3 day music and arts crawl ‘CYOA’ hosted by LondonFuse.

Mary Ocher (Berlin) had the crowd laughing, clapping and foot stomping to her show of genre-hopping masterpieces. Vibrafusion Lab’s David Bobier built a stage for the occasion and what a way to christen it! Mary’s performance indulged the punk rock/delta blues/whimsical folk rock fan in all of us.

“Dreamsploitation (Charles Blasevic) from London, Ontario finished the night off with a smooth set of late 50’s/early 60’s classics blended together so seamlessly that time seemed to wait for a moment long enough to allow your mind to wander and your feet to move. Charles is an artist who does what he does very well, and Thursday night (day 1 of CYOA), was no exception to the rule.” Tracy Xie, London Fuse.




Bam Fisher Centre, Brooklyn, New York

The British Council is proud to support CripFest, conceived and curated by British artist Mat Fraser, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). CripFest is a day-long festival celebrating disabled artists. There will be comedy, dance, theatre, burlesque, film, special guests and more!

On my schedule for this weekend!