You’re Invited: Shadow Selfies & Text Memories Via Interactive Memory Capsule Jan.21-Mar.21, 2014

This video presents “Assimilation, Dissimilation(interactive installation using kinect).”

Che Yan: Memory Capsule in Toronto
Che Yan: Memory Capsule in Toronto

Memory Capsule at Union Station

FREE Admission

Work by Digital Futures Graduate Che Yan (Shino) Temporarily Installed at Union Station

January 21 – March 21, 2014

Great Hall, Union Station
65 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

You are invited to submit your memories of Union Station, the transit hub and cherished public space, via the interactive exhibit.

  • “As Canada’s busiest, most important multimodal passenger transportation hub, Union Station continues to be a significant part of Toronto’s history and identity.”

Che Yan (Shino), an MFA graduate of OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University’s Digital Futures program, created this inclusive, interactive installation which has the following highlights.

  • It allows visitors and commuters to capture their shadow silhouette on a screen projection, then text a message about their memories of Union Station.
    • The image remains on the screen, and fades as other shadows are created.

    “This participatory interactive installation is designed for Union Station. This new social media installation intends to encourage participants to reflect and discuss collective memory of this multicultural nation by asking immigrants and/or their descendants “what has changed in you, living in Toronto?” Union Station, as a gateway and starting point for many immigrants arriving here, could entice them to reflect on their transition of moving form their home country to coming to this new environment. People from different cultural backgrounds could express their experiences on being an insider or outsider of the mainstream society, by which people could raise self-awareness, understand each other and get connected.”
    Che Yan

Today at 10:30 a.m., Councillor Peter Milczyn (Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Chair of the City of Toronto’s Planning and Growth Management Committee, and Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) joined representatives from OCAD University to unveil a digital art installation at Union Station.

Designed by Che Yan, a graduate of OCAD U’s Digital Futures Initiative, Memory Capsule will be on display for eight weeks in the station’s Great Hall.

Did you know?

  • Currently undergoing a major revitalization, the station handles upwards of 65 million people a year.
  • The City of Toronto is leading Union Station’s revitalization with three objectives:
    1. to improve the quality and capacity of pedestrian movement in and around the station,
    2. to restore heritage elements, and
    3. to transform the station into a major destination for shopping, dining and visiting.



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