Monday, January 30, 2012

The Reversion of Room 205

Within 73 minutes, the [R]ed[U]x Lab Team had taken out their installation and even helped out a few other teams with time to spare. The densely packed microcosm of the 2012 CUTMR installation disappeared and once again reverted back to the blank, empty room the team was initially presented.

The Room at Night

A view of the installation demonstrating how the cautious movements of visitors below the membrane alter the lighting conditions above.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

[R]ed[U]x on View on Canadian Art

An interesting perspective on the entire CUTMR show and approach on establishing a level of unity on the projects was put up by the View On Canadian Art website.

"The first involves fabric stretched over a series of custom fabricated plastic bits bound together with elastic bands. When I was in the room, one of the designers was asked where they envision this piece being used in an interior. They don’t, they answered. It was more about experimenting with spaces, seeing things differently, which seemed to be a theme that ran throughout the show."

THIS is Why We Get Things Done

What Ryerson's Department of Architectural Science does not have in a captive, university-town student body, it more than makes up with students driven by excellence and a strong work ethic.  These are the students who have taken on the challenges of mounting the [R]ed[U]x Lab installation while juggling a hectic architecture curriculum and (for most of them) a job as well.  These students are not simply volunteers - they are part of a team that brought a design idea into a manifested reality.  They all contributed and ultimately had a role in not only producing but developing the final design showcased at this year's Come Up to My Room.

Peek of the Room at Night

Compilation of Work from CUTMR 2012

[R]ed[U]x Lab sincerely appreciates the opportunity to have its work exhibited at the 2012 CUTMR exhibition.  As seen in the brief video, we are one of many artistic groups that were involved at this year's wonderful event and consider ourselves fortunate to be among such artistic colleagues.  The would also like to thank the co-curators, Deborah Wang, Noa Bronstein, and David Dick-Agnew for organizing this event.  We would also like to commend Britt Welter-Nolan, Director of Exhibitions at the Gladstone for her commitment to assist all the artists over the past few months and especially when dealing with the mammoth install that [R]ed[U]x Lab brought to the venue.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fear and Apprehension Were What We Were Going For... but Top 6 and "Obnoxious" Works...

Congratulations to the [R]ed[U]x Lab team on being selected among this year's Come Up To My Room's top 6 projects! We should count ourselves fortunate that we had rounded out the points of the membrane claws! The decision to switch from "stabbing" to "poking" inevitably paid off!

Source: Toronto Life

Light Samples

Here are some samples of the different lighting elements that will be suspended from the ceiling of the installation.  These were fabricated and selected for the CUTMR 2012 installation based upon their relationships with the room, lighting and shadow effects, and safe operation.

Above: Joanne Gust and Rachel Hooshley's Lamp
Above: Charmaine Lam and Harry Han's Lamp
Above: Jason Ramelson and Scott Townsend's Lamp

Room 205 By Day

Today was the first day the Come Up To My Room Exhibition was open to the public.  Though the installation deals with sensors and lights, the project still holds its own in the day.  Visitors who have yet to experience the space are encouraged to carefully enter the room and navigate the room below and above the bifurcating membrane.

Contact Information

For those interested in [R]ed[U]x Lab's work please feel free to contact us

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Membrane Assembly

Putting Together the Mock-Up

In the interest of establishing the setup time and coordination of assembly, the [R]ed[U]x Lab Team created a full scale mock up of the Come Up To My Room venue.  Simulating installation, navigation, and electrical coordination, the trial uncovered many logistical and design issues.

The Word Begins to Spread...

[R]ed[U]x Lab begins to gain some attention from within the Ryerson University press:
Ryersonian Article
Updates to come!

The Most Important Part of [R]ed[U]x Lab - Our Team

This project could not have been made possible had it not been for the tireless efforts of the core project team:
Left to Right: Jason Ramelson, Sam Ghantous, Jordan So, Dadin Duldul, Vincent Hui (not pictured)

The fabrication and production teams drawn from volunteers from Ryerson University's Department of Architectural Science also served as a testament to the school's sense of community and dedication to design excellence. Without their commitment and hard work, the [R]ed[U]x Lab submission for this year's Come Up To My Room would not have come together in such a quick and organized manner. We genuinely appreciate the efforts of Christine Leu, Marcin Chmura, Michael Stock, Margot De Man, Sarah Ives, Naveed Khan, Ariel Cooke, Ailsa Craigen, Rachel Law, Rachel Hooshley, Joanne Gust, Antonio Cunha, and Wasif Ahmed.

And yes... we take care of our team and feed them well...

The lighting elements within the room were also designed and installed by:
Harry Han, Charmaine Lam, Scott Townsend, Jason Ramelson, Adrian Luk, Bonnie Nokham, Nevin Nacpil, Betty Vuong, Liz Tse, Mary Solidum, Rachel Hooshley, and Joanne Gust.

And last, but certainly not least, we could not have put together the resources without the incredible infrastructure and service support programs that Ryerson University, its Department of Architectural Science, and organizations such as PFACS have offered [R]ed[U]x Lab in this installation.  The assistance of Blaine Evans and Frank Bowen were exceptionally invaluable as the installation assembly came to the Gladstone Hotel. We are fortunate to have such great institutional support as mounting such a project would have quite onerous and expensive if done at another institution.