(Esther Lee)

School of Professional Communication professor Matthew Thiessen explains his project Going Green in the City to Catherine Schryer, chair of the School for Professional Communication. (Esther Lee)

In only its second year, the RUBIX showcase is helping to inspire collaboration between faculty members.

The second annual RUBIX event took place at the Image Arts building Monday, showcasing projects from the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD).

“It’s accomplished what it’s meant to do, which is peer-to-peer support and celebration,” said FCAD dean Charles Falzon.

At last year’s event, Falzon announced the formation of the Creative Innovation Fund, money that would help with projects that came about from the collaboration of colleagues in different fields.

One project included is Going Green in the City, by assistant professor Matthew Tiessen. It explores different ways of connecting technology and nature.

As a bike enthusiast, Tiessen was inspired by the way that previously hidden trails in the Don River Valley were able to become visible due to digital technologiessuch as GPS units.

“My interest is in the ways that digital technologies, mobile media … make nature more accessible to people in the city,” said Tiessen.

Tiessen used various technology including GoPros and a 360-degree camera for his project.

At the event, two TV screens displayed a video of him biking on a trail while people were able to experience it in virtual reality, using a headset and earphones.

RUBIX featured 44 different exhibits, almost double that of last year’s event.


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