The fifth anniversary edition of Luminato introduces three commissioned artworks, including an installation by Toronto-based architect Philip Beesley, an innovative piece by Berlin-based artist David Levine, and an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-inspired work by Montréal fashion designer Denis Gagnon.
In his Luminato-commissioned installation, Philip Beesley’s Sargasso combines visionary design with high-tech digital engineering to transform a downtown public space – and to offer a glimpse of the potential future of architectural art. A worldwide pioneer in the fast-growing field of responsive architecture, Beesley and his team of collaborators from the disciplines of architecture, engineering, biology, and sculpture use interactive technology to infuse one of Toronto’s busiest spaces with astonishing new life.
From June 8-18, Beesley’s Sargasso transforms a familiar downtown locale: the sweeping atrium of the Allen Lambert Galleria in Brookfield Place. Sargasso is a vast canopy consisting of tens of thousands of lightweight, digitally-fabricated components which form an interconnected network of metal, acrylic, and mylar elements. Sargasso slowly shifts and floats above the pedestrian traffic, while shaping the nature of the environment itself.
Previous projects undertaken by this multidisciplinary group have been featured internationally, including in the Canadian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale in Architecture, and have won many awards, notably VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, the Prix de Rome in Architecture, and the People’s Choice award at Toronto’s 2010 Nuit Blanche.
From June 10-19, Luminato presents the world premiere of David Levine’s Habit at OCAD University. Commissioned by Luminato, Habit is a collaboration between theatre and visual arts, fusing television production, visual art installation, theatre and performance into a project that poses questions about spectatorship and performance.