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Students Get Creative at ARTSIDEOUT

 

Call it a creative success.

The 3rd annual ARTSIDEOUT on October 7 was a hit this year as students, staff and faculty enthusiastically experienced concerts, installations and art work spread across disciplines around the UTSC campus.

Organizer Leo Lam says the event offers participants unique opportunities for wider exposure, involvement and networking outside of the campus’ traditional art venues.

“You get to see performances, interact with students and see people enjoying themselves,” says the fifth-year political science student. “And it’s a great learning experience for everyone involved.”

Student photography club Shutterbugs featured a Polaroid-themed gallery, lighting workshop and a stop-motion animation composed entirely of Post-it notes. Using more than 3,000 of the colourful squares of the paper, the film highlighted a number of popular groups on campus, including the Scarborough Campus Students Union and the Biology Students’ Association.

Another popular interactive piece was sc:OUT’s A Growing Support. Under the queer-support student group’s watch, participants transformed a wooden triangle frame into the Positive Space campaign symbol by weaving six different colours of yarn.

Fourth-year student Nayeon Kim’s marathon performance art piece Supersize Me was powerful in its social commentary. The Nuit Blanche 2010 alumna performed yoga for hours while inviting viewers to feed her chocolate from a 35lb pile placed nearby. Dressed entirely in the popular sportswear company Lululemon, Kim’s piece spoke about brand obsession, the effect of observation and the societal pressure for women to be thin.

Another interactive project took place behind the Student Centre. Arts specialist Natalie Duncan combined concrete blocks, photo-resisters and amplifiers to create a light and touch-sensitive sound installation.

The Meeting Place was turned into a temporary gallery by the Foundation Studies class. Taught by Tanya Mars and Marla Hlady, the showcase featured various cubes composed entirely of one material, including clothes clips, light bulbs, pencils and crushed aluminum cans.

When it came to musical talent, the options included hard-rock concerts, outdoor orchestral performances, electro-acoustic sets tucked into a corner of the Academic Resource Centre and even Montreal band ISMISM’s fog-projected light display.

Lam says the networking opportunities for organizers, artists and performers extend far beyond the event. In fact, many of this year’s participants were also involved in Nuit Blanche through commissioned works, internships and personal exhibits.

View a photo gallery of ARTSIDEOUT

ARTSIDEOUT is a large scale, campus wide celebration of arts and culture. It is primarily designed as an outdoor festival; utilizing both physical and conceptual outdoor spaces.


It is a result of a wide ranging collaboration between 12 student clubs, approximately 30 student organizers from different programs and disciplines, the SCSU and the Department of Humanities. It features the work of over 40 artists and performances by over 20 performers.

This year’s festival was sponsored by the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union, the Office of the Principal and Vice-President, the Arts and Events Programming Office and the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre.




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