A Creative Campus initiative
Sponsored by the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design
To draw attention to Sheridan’s streams and to ensure their continued health and survival Sheridan is launching a project called Live streaming. The Faculty of Animation Arts and Design is sponsoring this project as part of the creative campus initiative. This is open to all Sheridan students and can take any form: installation, sculpture, video, sound, performance—even gardening. The idea is to create some form of installation that interacts with the stream and highlights its living presence within the Sheridan environment. Students are invited to work individually or in teams, collaborate across programs or Faculties to develop installation concepts for this project. In March of 2015, a jury will review all the proposals and mockups, and award $1500 to the best project in order to build and implement over the coming summer months of 2015. All students are welcome to submit their ideas.
There are in fact two streams: one on the western border of the campus, and a linked secondary stream that flows through the campus itself and eventually flows into Sixteen Mile Creek which in turn flows into Lake Ontario. Recently, the stream on the west side of the campus was devastated when hundreds of ash trees infested with Green Ash Borer had to be cut down. The restoration of this habitat will take many years.
The phrase “live streaming” refers to video images that are conveyed directly to the viewer through a live feed that displays real time images of what is happening at a particular location. In the case of this project, it also signals that the actual stream is a living entity that has its own life and that also nourishes the plants, birds, insects mammals and trees living in it or near it. In the same way that the stream connects to a larger stream and a lake, Sheridan is connected to a larger community beyond its defined boundaries. The idea of the stream as a living entity and its connection to a wider world are at the core of this project.
When Sheridan College was laid out in the early 1970s, the planners kept the stream that flows through the site and made it an integral focal point of the radial layout of all the buildings. The stream continues to flow between the various wings of the campus, reminding everyone of our connection to nature and our link to seasonal cycles.
Our hope is to run this project annually, and to eventually build a linked network of many installation projects that will help focus attention on the stream and all the natural assets of the beautiful Trafalgar campus.