2018 Nuit Blanche Independent Project
Jordan Shaw is an artist and creative technologist. An MFA graduate from OCAD University’s Digital Futures program, his interests spans mediums ranging from strictly digital to interactive physical environments. His work explores themes relating to the influence of technology in popular culture and the predefined expectations society has about their relationship with computers, technology, and the future. The manifestation of his creative output transpires through projects that focus on communicating the invisible, yet very physical components of technology and how these unnoticed pieces of technology impact, influence and alter our behaviour and surroundings.
Marcelo Luft is a Brazilian-born designer and researcher with over 8 years of experience working directly on interaction design and experience design projects. Luft holds a Masters of Design from OCAD University , where his thesis earned the Best Social Innovation award from the Digital Futures program in 2017. His work focuses in designing solutions for societal problems utilizing Design and Research methods.
Nuit Blanche Toronto and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce Marcelo Luft (DF, 2017) and Jordan Shaw (DF, 2017) and their project Intersections as the Recipient of the Nuit Blanche Independent Project 2018 Career Launcher. The project receives a production support of $1,500 from the CEAD.
Intersections is an interactive data-drive installation that questions: What is a map of Toronto? Might it unite us rather than divide us? Participants are invited to pinpoint three places in Toronto that are important to them. Those intersections join other people's in a painterly vision of a map that reflects not what separates us, but what connects us and essentially blurs the lines between neighbourhoods and neighbours.
The visualization projected within the atrium evolves with real-time data as a manifestation of the city's shared connections, vibrant movement and interwoven activities that intersect and transcend preconceived boundaries. Intersections considers our experience of an ever-present stratification of the city. Can we find solace in knowing that we may be more connected than we though, through the places we go and the paths we cross?
Drake One Fifty
150 York Street (Atrium)
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