"‘salmon cannon me into the abyss’ is a poetry EP made in collaboration with Felicity Yang, Hannah Wu, Jamie Marina Lau and Lei Lei Kung.
Dedicated to my dad, who died in 2017, it features four tracks that piece together moments, scenes and sensations of grief and loss.
I wrote my poems in fragments—on my Notes app, receipts, scraps of paper, work documents, text messages, emails to myself. I recorded my poems by speaking into a microphone through a stocking stretched over a hanger, or on my geriatric iPhone. Vocal processing changed my voice into new impressions and textures. Found sounds reference both the precious and banal, such as pearl extraction, orchestra tuning, cicadas, a clicking mouse and shimmering. I felt a sense of release in sending my recordings away to my friends, for them to return as something new. Catharsis crystallised into something else."
by Lilly Kane x Panda Wong
by ZK king x Panda Wong
by Felicity Yang x Panda Wong
by Hannah Wu x Panda Wong
Eternal thanks to Amy Yu, Anita Solak, Chi Tran, Felicity Yang, Hannah Wu, Jamie Marina Lau, Lei Lei Kung, Lorilee Yang and Lu Lin for shaping ‘salmon cannon me into the abyss’.
This project is made possible by MAV and the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship 2020.
"Being part of MAV’s Ahead of the Curve program has given me the time and money to fund a project, to pay my collaborators decently (not just the bare minimum) and to work with people I respect and admire deeply. It means a lot to me that I have been able to create a poetry work that can be experienced and felt in different ways."
Presented as part of MAV’s Ahead of the Curve program.
Supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.
Poet and Writer
Panda Wong is a poet and writer living on unceded Wurundjeri land. She is an Associate Editor at The Suburban Review, a Performance Review board member and a Hot Desk Fellow 2020. Her first chapbook 'angel wings dumpster fire' is forthcoming with Puncher & Wattmann in 2022. She loves to make work with her friends.