Pirouette Machines. Fluid Components: Artist talk by Ioana Vreme Moser

March 21, 2024 5:30 PM–7:00 PM

4919 Frew Street
College of Fine Art, Room 111
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Ioana Vreme Moser

Join us Thursday March 21st, at 5:30PM-7:00PM

for an artist talk by Ioana Vreme Moser!


This lecture takes the pathway of an ex-ballerina through fluid computers, handmade semiconductors and cosmetic synthesizers. We will tackle the seductive side and hidden narratives of circuitry in relation to natural systems, salty fluids, and minerals and discuss the importance of alternative hardware forms in the context of global electronic shortage and environmental decay.

Diving into the mineral realms of computer hardware, we will inspect the radiosensitive properties of galvanized leftovers to reinforce sounding communication networks in a collective. An old screw can become a surrogate for a transistor to scream modulated tones when treated properly.

Further on, we will look at fluidics, a technology lost in history that doesn’t require many resources to operate, only simple fluid matter guided by natural phenomena. Following water movements and swirls, this talk gives a glimpse into a hardware form that reimagines the morphology of our electronic machines.

This event is made possible with support from the 2023-2024 Sylvia and David Steiner Speaker Series.


Ioana Vreme Moser (b. 1994) is a Romanian sound artist engaged with hardware electronics, speculative research, and tactile experimentation.
In her practice, she uses rough electronic processes to obtain different materialities of sound. She places electronic components and control voltages in different situations of interaction with her body, organic materials, lost and found items, and environmental stimuli. From these collisions, synthesized sounds emerge to carry personal narrations and observations on the history of electronics, their production chains, wastelands, and entanglements in the natural world.
Amongst others, she has performed and exhibited at the National Gallery of Denmark (DK), Fonderie Darling (CA), Akademie der Künste Berlin (DE); Manifesta 14 (XK); SFX – Sound Effects Seoul (KR), Ars Electronica (AT), Bunkier Sztuki Gallery Krakow (PL); Simultan Festival (RO); Eigen+Art Lab – Transmediale, Berlin (DE)

Ioana Vreme Moser is our Spring Steiner Visiting Artist who will be in town through the weekend. They begin their visit with this artist talk, followed by a public performance Sunday March 24th, Public Performance.