Thursday, 28 January 2016

Come Up To My Room


Really, it's a lot less vampy than it sounds.  "Come Up to My Room" is the annual art installation exhibit hosted at the Gladstone Hotel, not an illicit invitation.  Get your mind out of the gutter.  Unless you're Jason Momoa, in which case, call me. 

"Come UP to My Room" is now in it's 13th year and every year that I've gone something has wowed, intrigued, disturbed and/or delighted me.  This year was no different.  

Let's start with the big crowd draw - Ferris Bueller's bedroom.  Sarah Keenlyside and Joseph Clemen painstakingly reviewed every tiny set detail from the movie and transformed one of the rooms in the hotel into Ferris' room.  For older Millenials and Gen-Xers it was quite a treat to be transported into one of John Hughes' iconic visions.  My favourite part was the snoring sound playing in the background.  

For me, the best part of installation art is the way you get to interact with it.  This year we had the opportunity to add to a sculpture, try on some props, get immersed in to very different hubs and create music.  The installation by Ryerson Artspace featured a number of light bulbs hanging in a dark room.  Each one of the bulbs was attached to a different sound.  As you moved through the space, tugging on the bulbs, a combination of notes would be created.  I wouldn't go so far aas to call anything I created a song, but I tried.

If you missed this year's event, sorry.  But just think of all the time you have to get hyped for it next year? Or maybe you can even start working on an installation of your own. 

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... Bueller