In a showcase of Ryerson student artists, the Vantage Arts Festival brought together a variety of work with a focus on the interactive.
The festival was a collaboration between the RSU and 10 Dundas East. The event, which took place on Thursday, featured art exhibits ranging from photography, documentary film and painting, to meditation, graffiti and live music.
Audience involvement was a key component to many of the installations. In Dreams, an exhibit by Ryerson first year Carolyn Galganov, a pen hangs on a string from her painting for the audience to write down their own dreams on the canvas. In Art Battle, competitive painters squared off on the canvas while the audience applause was measured to determine the winner in the style.
Aaron Labbé invited passersby to try his silver-dome meditation machine called Lucid. He built Lucid for his thesis project in Ryerson’s fine arts program. He connects an electrode-embedded headband to the participant, which is connected to Labbé’s program on a laptop. Their brain waves are measured. The lights reflected on the wall and music transmitted to the user’s earbuds works to lower their brain activity and help them reach a meditative state.
“The idea is healing from within,” said Zoe Thomson, a biomedical engineering student who is part of the project.
There were also six musical acts during the festival, which went from noon to 8 pm.