This Thursday, Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts unveils its third annual showcase of work by the graduating students of its New Media program. This year’s STÆTIM New Media Festival, which features 35 projects that use computer technology to create “interactive and immersive experiences,” includes Jordy Lucier’s “Soft Corps,” which uses felt weapons to underline the entertainment industry’s role in distorting our attitudes towards real violence.
Other interesting projects include Ross Lavery and Tyler Robb’s “Digital Prey,” an installation that explores the roles of predator and prey through a robotic cat and mouse, where users can participate by taking on either role.
Kazimir Stubitsch’s contribution is the website transit.to, an online community where TTC riders can check up on the latest news and weather reports and read transit-related blog entries posted by other users. If it sticks around, it might just become the go-to site when you’ve been waiting half an hour for the streetcar and you’re wondering what the hold-up is—especially once the iPhone launches this side of the border.
Also worth looking out for is Jeremy Chan’s “Access Denial,” an advertising campaign designed to draw attention to the inaccessibility of Ryerson University to disabled students. Ads take the form of t-shirts, stickers and performance events, as well as large-scale posters.
The festival opens on Thursday, March 27 at 6 p.m. and runs for three days. A full list of projects with descriptions (which we couldn’t link to here because the website is all in flash) is available on the STÆTIM website.
Photo courtesy of Kimberley Lai.