Avoiding studying for finals? Arts & Life editor Gianluca Inglesi suggests you drop your books and venture to FCAD’s must see shows
April 7-9 at the Arta Gallery, Distillery District
Nowhere else will you find conceptual pieces that move, think, and even interact with their audience like the installations at this fourth-year new media exhibition. Incorporating various technologies, pieces will explore ideas of privacy, the internet and emotions. Grab a beer with friends at the nearby Distillery pubs and open your mind to a mode of art that has no boundaries.
MASS EXODUS: ZENITH + NADIR
April 7 and 8 at the Ryerson Theatre
The Mass Exodus runway has been a launching pad for a generation of Canadian design stars, like Jeremy Laing, Lucian Matis and Amanda Lew Kee and promises to spark the rise of fresh talent this weekend. Zenith + Nadir is a collaboration between upper-year fashion design and communication students as well as the theatre school. Using innovative projection technology the idea is that the collections — which range from bridal gowns to theatrical costumes — will transcend the runway on a journey from the dark depths of Nadir to the light glow of Zenith. Shows are selling out so get your tickets fast and be sure to stop by the exhibit to see short films and art pieces.
April 13 at Arcadian Court
Unleashing a world of fantasy, Wanderlust is a fashion show put on by second-year fashion communication students showcasing evening wear and menswear collections from second and third-year design students respectively. The show is a perfect ode to the coming season with rose petals and warm lighting in the promotional video to entice the viewer. Tickets are available in front of the library every day until the show.
April 28 – May 1 at the Gladstone Hotel
Image arts students from various years will be displaying their work in the cultural beacon that is the Gladstone Hotel. Travelling throughout the space, one will find a gallery full of stills and films, created with both historic and innovative techniques. Beautiful photo sets are much easier on the eyes than the powerpoint slides from that lecture you missed.
April 29 and 30 at the interior Design School
Instead of watching home renovation and decor on TLC, see the action live at this year’s fourth-year interior design show. Award-winning designs and modern style living spaces will be showcased. The pieces focus on a variety of different themes and use various mediums, but tied together under the theme of perspective. After seeing the eco-design and efficient spaces you may be inspired to do some renovations yourself this summer.
RYERSON UNIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL
May 14-16 at The Royal Cinema
Ryerson hosts the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall, but in the spring fourth-year film students bring their best work to a public showcase. The festival features short films that run up to 15 minutes and range from documentary to drama. At the end of the festival, the best project is chosen for distribution. Come judge for yourself what works the best on the big screen with a bag of popcorn.
Photo by: Hanah Chung