Spectrum, the 2016 year-end Design and Computation Arts exhibition, showcases student work featuring collaborative creation and sustainable practice. Spectrum represents the importance of developing both technical and critical skill sets, as well as nurturing creative ideas and mindful thinking.
For participating students, the year-end show is a way of portraying their learning and achievements from Concordia and acts as a final rite of passage before they enter the workforce.
According to professor Nathalie Dumont, programs in the Department Design and Computation Arts address design and visual communication in a holistic, experimental, collaborative and sustainable way. As such, many Spectrum works reflect these essential ideologies.
"Spectrum works emphasize multi- and inter-disciplinarity, community-oriented initiatives, design for sustainability and design thinking," she explained.
Additionally, she notes that this year's edition of the annual is a truly student-driven project. Students in a course on the topic of exhibition design have curated, advertise, and built the show from top to bottom.
"Creating Spectrum has fostered a strong sense of community within our 2016 cohort. Students are very dedicated, and the collaborative and positive spirit will be reflected in the show."
SPECIAL EVENT: Daniel Green, ecotoxicologist and deputy leader of the Green Party of Canada, will speak at Concordia before the vernissage on Thursday, April 28 at 4 p.m. in EV 1.615 (1515 Sainte-Catherine Street West).
Examples of work on display at Spectrum include:
By Hannah Materne
Living River (2015) transforms an empty lot in downtown Detroit into an oasis, combatting both the human and environmental water crises occurring currently. Despite water being a human right, water is repeatedly shut-off to residents unable to pay their bills. The water table continues to lower due to the widespread use of impenetrable surfaces such as concrete, which blocks the Earth’s natural water filtering systems.
Living River provides clean drinking water, via taps located under the lip of the illuminated boulders. Their lights increase safety in the park at night. The boulders are intended as play structures and benches. By using pervious concrete and native ground cover, Living River represents a 100% pervious park, allowing water to flow through it freely. This prevents harmful run-off and allows rainwater to pass through the park and re-enter the water table, filtering naturally in a process standard concrete does not facilitate.
Throw, Grow & Flourish
By Sabrina Emanuele, Christina Gancz, Pam Menegakis, Cassandra Carosello, Alexandra Durand, Sophie Michiko Fukuda
Throw, Grow & Flourish (2014) aims to promote methods of biodiversity conservation in a way that encourages others to be more actively involved in their community. All aspects of the product are handmade, and all parts are either reusable or have an ongoing benefit to the environment. The product fully envelops the concept of maintaining continuous life cycles of elements important to our city's biodiversity.
By Bianca Su
Suburbia (2016) is a piece triggering conversations upon the contrast between two common images of suburbs: one of a monotonous residential scenery and the other of a family life. The framed typography sits in a box which may suggest an unchanging and isolated depiction of the suburbs. By way of translating this duality of isolation and new life into visual type in spaces, the "ouvert" sign displays decaying typography yet shows liveliness. This lit open sign welcomes its viewer, whilst conveying a feeling of neglect.
By Catherine Martial, Charlotte Krzentowski, Stéphanie Bélanger
A project originally designed to raise funds for Concordia's 5 Days For The Homeless campaign, Hamac Urbain (Chaise d'intérieur) was first created in January 2015. Today, the project has grown from a single hammock to a small company that values responsible and local consumption. The indoor hammocks are built with sustainably sourced cotton and wood and recycled rock-climbing ropes. $2 from the sale of each hammock are donated to the Dans la Rue Foundation.