Ryerson lights up the night

[T]his year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche promises for a radiant Ryerson campus. For the sixth consecutive year, Ryerson students and staff will participate in the annual event that brings art to life across the city. Participants include students and staff from physics, architectural science, engineering, and image arts. Here are Ryerson’s Light Up the Night projects to look forward to seeing on Sept. 29.

Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection
Artists: Stephen Andrews, Stan Douglas, David Rokeby, Christina Battle, Vera Frenkel, Michael Snow, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, and Vid Ingelevics.

An anonymous donor brought the Black Star collection to Ryerson in 2005. Although the collection itself contains more than a quarter of a million photographs, eight internationally renowned Canadian photographers have narrowed the collection down to create the Archival Dialogues. Each of these artists have viewed the Black Star collection to create their own work inspired by the photojournalistic pieces.


Artist: Ramona Pringle

Is there anything Ramona Pringle can’t do? The new media professor started her rdigitalife project in early 2012, and is now bringing the series to life for Nuit Blanche. RDIGITALIVE features an interactive video confessional for participants to talk about their experiences in the digital age. The videos will be played on a loop throughout the evening, and then later featured as part of rdigitalife.

Light Seeds
Artists: Flavio Firmino-Lunda, Keith Poore, Rawan Ibrahim, and Frances Tonolete.
Faculty Advisor: Graham Pearson (Department of Physics Technologist)

The walkway connecting Kerr Hall East and the Rogers Communication Centre will become a light show for spectators below. A collaboration between engineering and physics students, Light Seeds allows participants below the bridge to control the light show with musical, percussive, optical and kinetic sensors.

Artists: Antonio Cunha, Alan James Munroe, Nicholas Sibbet, Matthew Suriano, Sajith Sabanadesan, and Filip Tisler.

Crafted by the Department of Architectural Science, Aura is described as a “glowing membrane.” Visitors can manipulate the project by pressing one area of the membrane, and creating a glowing pattern on another. The patterns are unexpected and can be created by visitors at any point in the night.