Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Arts
For 2nd year Computing and Arts student Tudor Barbulescu, the future of visual arts performance is becoming inextricably linked with computers. It’s this human interaction with computers where Tudor believes the magic happens.
Originally from Bucharest the Romanian capital, Tudor moved to Canberra with his family and mother who is currently serving as the Romanian Ambassador to Australia.
Despite being in only his second year, Tudor has just completed a special project in computing under the supervision of Professor Henry Gardner, which saw Tudor push the boundaries of visual arts performance, “You know when you go to concerts or DJ sets, most of the time these shows are accompanied by some video projections? That's called VJ-ing, and it is generally a hands off experience when you are 'performing'. Of course, a VJ puts a lot of work in his material before the show, but when it's time to showcase, all he/she has to do is hit play. My plug-in allows for a more hands-on experience when performing. It's directed towards 'live-steering'.”
The educational experience at ANU in contrast to Romania has allowed Tudor to thrive in a space where the practice of computing is located in an environment that encourages students to critically examine the theory and to push the boundaries of our current understanding of human centred computing.
“The Romanian classroom is very structured” said Tudor “I'd say that here you have a more practical environment, most things you learn to do, you also learn how they are useful in 'real' life. Also, people are more open-minded, as long as you can justify what you're doing. I wouldn't be able to study Arts/Comp Science together in Romania, let along combine them in the fun way that I do here and also get credit for it. .”
Moving across the globe is never easy, but Tudor believes that by joining the ANU based community groups head first ensured he connected to both work and play in a successful and meaningful way, "I like the fact that at ANU there's something for everyone. I do meditation, and every Wednesday evenings at the chaplaincy a lovely group of people get together to do mantra meditations and vegetarian dinner. But you can also do rowing, fencing, dancing, cos-playing or whatever else you like. I also tutored a first year course in CS, that was really really fun . I mean, some of my students are now my friends (and peers)."
But for now though, Tudor is passionate about making plans to spend the summer months exploring Queensland.