Come Up To My Room, the Gladstone’s annual art and design event is fast approaching! From January 21-24, we’ll have over 20 artists coming from all over Canada and the US to transform our storied suites with art and design! Check out this interview with Ryerson Artspace, a student & faculty run gallery affiliated with the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University by Jess Shane.
What’s the concept of your room?
Ripple is a giant collective instrument from which melodies emerge through collaboration. It is a poetic and playful embodiment of the notion that we can achieve more together than alone, that every action creates a ripple effect.
Our aim is to create an installation that embodies an immersive, dynamic, user-created experience. With musical notes activated through many suspended raindrops, visitors can experiment until they discover a melody they like, both individually and together. Part of the fun is the searching process.
What is your practice as a collective?
Ripple began as a prototype installation for class called, ‘Digital Tools’, a fourth year professional elective in the Architectural Science Undergraduate Program. Throughout the semester we experimented with tools from arduino coding and wiring to digital and manual fabrication. Ripple was the result of our final project, our final undergraduate year.
What can guests expect to feel and experience in your room?
The installation encourages movement of the whole body, and stimulates ownership of the space. Whether choreographed or chaotic, users create a composition of sounds, lights and movement that come together to form a collective harmony.
We believe that Ripple has to be experienced to be understood. Every visit will produce a completely different musical landscape.
What are you most excited about?
We’re looking forward to sharing Ripple with those who haven’t had a chance to experience it yet. You can follow us through our creation process by following us at @ripplemakesmusic.
What’s the weirdest thing about in your studio?
Each of us has incorporated the rain drops into our own rooms and studios. We often send each other photos of our creations and the status of the life of the LED inside.
Visit the website to learn more: http://ripplemakesmusic.tumblr.com