Tudor Bucea

In April this year Tudor Bucea’s parents George and Liana Bucea visited TAP Gallery to bequeath $4,000. Tudor’s gifts will be long remembered by his family and friends.

A Tribute to TUDOR BUCEA

Tudor Bucea who passed away in 2018, was a poet and projection artist originally from Bucharest, Romania. In the late 1990s he graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Technology Sydney to become a self-employed businessman of his own website and Internet company, Tektonic. His passion for human interactions with computers, culture and art helped push boundaries of visual art performance during the transition times of analog to digital.The Eminescu Poetry and Art Festival was founded by Tudor in June 2009. The comprehensive program was staged for a week at TAP Gallery as a cultural exchange between two countries, Australia and Romania. At its centre was the great Romanian romantic poet Mihai Eminescu /mi’haj e.mi’nes.ku/, an influential literary figure in which the Festival gave homage. Performances included award winning Romanian short films curated by Tudor and Australian poets: Robert Balas; Jess Cook; Benio Di Fonzo; Tug Dumbly and featured Tudor.TAP Gallery housed a number of cultural Eminescu events, which Tudor went on to produce. The TAP Gallery archive documents these events in 2009 and 2011. A published anthology of modern Romanian Verse was launched by the Eminescu Cultural Association with the support of the Consulate General of Romania at Gleebooks in Sydney, 2013. Tudor officiated proceedings alongside Consul General Floricei Mocanu. Tudor’s ethereal video art was featured at numerous TAP Gallery events. While we are unable to provide specific dates of his work being exhibited and presented, we have testimonial accounts. Tudor also collaborated on a range of arts and cultural projects.Romanian, French in addition to English were languages he practiced. English was his preferred pen hand. Time and again on social media platforms we speak of concrete images, to follow the ‘show don’t tell’. The paradox of forming a written account from images of a dead poet is a devilish task. However, there is corresponding freedom that emerges when you write what comes to your mind and let yourself be fantastic, wild and intense. Facebook entries posted by Tudor Bucea in October 2008 canvas abstract flash cards of remembered perception in a cached digital portrait. Ten years later tributes were to have been shared by friends following the news of his passing in October 2018.

Is ! Found poem Tudor Bucea FB 2008

  • Is ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .December 29
    is making plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 16
    is confident about the future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 14
    is a bit lazy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 10
    is promoting Australian fine arts . . . . . . . . . . . December 5
    is running scenarios in his head . . . . . . . . . . . . November 23
    is busy in a good way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    is serene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 8
    is cheeky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 29
    is huffing and puffing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 27
    is quite warm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    is kind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    is child like . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    is clicking about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. October 22
    is clicking about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 16
    is clicking about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 13
    is navel gazing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 13
    is smoking butts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 9
    is full of hope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 4
    is chilling and waiting for sleep to come . . . . . . October 3

Tudor carved his own path through the Australian independent visual arts performance scenes. He was driven to become active in his local communities in Sydney, Australia and his hometown in Romania forging new relations in friend-and-partnerships. That combination of technical excellence and emotional honesty is a loss. In April this year Tudor’s parents George and Liana Bucea visited TAP Gallery to bequeath $4,000. Tudor’s gifts will be long remembered by his family and friends. Photograph: Tudor Bucea taking care of business on the left, his friend Benito Di Fonzo on the right. Photograph taken by Chris McGinness. All rights reserved.