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a.k.a. i. imro ciernobiely von bahnhof
a.k.a. Alfonso Alejandro III
a.k.a. alfons o.
a.k.a. The Minister of Words, Sports, and Tourism
a.k.a. The Great Device
a.k.a. Steve Kvartz

I am an amateur West Coast interdisciplinary artist-turned-satirist working in text, video, photography, electronic music, and social networking media, often taking lofi, mashup, and/or DIY approaches to undertake oblique intertextual studies of the themes of culture, cultural constructs, nostalgie (and, more specifically, eastalgie), the everyday, history, hyperreality, the immigrant experience, myth-building, the ideal-typical symbols, visualism, urbanism, and (the wide range of) utopias communicated through advertising, commerce, new technology, news, newsprint, real estate, reality TV, showbiz politics, television, tourism, and urban planning of post Fall of the Berlin Wall postmodern late capitalism of the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s (and now 2020s) in Central and Eastern countries of the European Union, dubbed, for better or worse, the [ex-Soviet Bloc] “New East” (cf. “What is the ‘New’ in the ‘New East’?: The New East and the Western Gaze” by Patrick Dooley), and, mostly, the Canadian West Coast of the ex-NAFTA region of North America, as embodied by the province of British Columbia.

I grew up partly on the western fringe of the Soviet Bloc, in the capital of the Slovak Socialist Republic (now the Slovak Republic), under a totalitarian Communist regime, and have lived and worked on the western fringe of the North American continent, on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, of western Canada since immigrating here in 1990.

You can also find me online on on Twitter and YouTube.

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