Daniel Canty is a writer and film director living in Montreal who works in literature, film, and new media.From 1996 to 1999, Canty was part of Vancouver's pioneering multimedia studio DNA Media, where he wrote the documentary Masks: Faces of the Pacific (1998) and directed the interactive adaptation of Alan Lightman's novel Einstein's Dreams (1999). He went on to create the framework and direct inaugural issues of Horizon Zero (2001), the Banff New Media Institute's webspace on the digital arts in Canada. In the following years, he wrote, acted as a consultant, or directed numerous art-based or culture-related interactive projects.Canty's first book, Etres Artificiels (Liber, 1997), is a history of automata in American literature. From 2002 to 2005, he co-directed the poetry magazine C'est Selon. To date, three collective books have been published: Cite selon (2006), on the city; La Table des Matieres (2007), on eating; and Le Livre de Chevet (2009), on sleeping. The graphic excellence of these books has been recognized with many awards. He also directed, with artist Dana Velan, Nor (2004), an art book on the Â ideas of north" of twenty-eight Canadian artists and writers. Canty's 2011 novel Wigrum is the culmination of a web project that began in 1998.Canty is the director of short films, most recently Antipodes, a brief documentary on painter Rafael Sottolichio, featured on www.whoweare.ca, and two experimental shorts, Meduse and Hotel de la Mer, portraits of the dreamtimes of an empty cinema and a derelict hotel. In Fall 2013, he will shoot the short fiction Cinema des Aveugles (Cinema for the Blind).An occasional commissar, Canty co-founded the Temps Zero Â Mutating Cinemas section at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal. He has been programming the Banff New Media Institute's Interactive Screen with Susan Kennard for the past three years.Oana Avasilichioaei is a poet, translator, and editor whose poetry collections include We, Beasts (Wolsak & Wynn, 2012, winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation's A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry); feria: a poempark (Wolsak & Wynn, 2008); and a poetic collaboration with Erin Moure, Expeditions of a Chimaera (BookThug, 2009). Avasilichioaei has translated poetry from the Romanian of Nichita Stanescu (Occupational Sickness, 2006); the Quebecois French of Louise Cotnoir (The Islands, 2011); and most recently Wigrum, a novel by Daniel Canty. Other recent editing projects include Â The Mapping Issue" (co-edited with Kathleen Brown) for Dandelion (Calgary, 2011) and a dossier on poetry in translation from the Quebecois French for Aufgabe (New York, upcoming 2013).
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