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The Unreliable Narrator by Kyle Purves.

Graduates from Concordia’s Department of Design and Computation Arts present the Correlate exhibition

Do you remember your first artistic masterpiece? Maybe it was something like a papier-mâché bird or the classic macaroni and glue creation. Do you remember how proud you were when you presented it to a loved one or to your peers? A feeling of pride with a touch of insecurity and anticipation took over any other sensation at this crucial moment.

This was the same feeling that emanated from Concordia’s design and computation arts graduates presenting and offering to the world their own works of art in the Correlate exhibition, which is taking place this weekend. However, in this case their realizations were far more impressive than a babbling kid’s drawing. In this exhibition, the numerous artists and craftsmen displayed an array of various kinds of works. Ranging from interaction design to game concepts, 3D design such as sculptures and furniture, web design, video and sound installations and more traditional visual arts, Correlate seemed to have something for every art amateur.

According to Victoria Byron, the communications coordinator of the event, this variety is quite illustrative of the school from which the students just graduated. “It highlights Concordia’s diversity and everybody’s talent. It really showcases the program very well, very accurately,” Byron said.

Byron also talked about the way most projects presented in the Correlate exhibition echoed themes such as sustainability, social responsibility and ethical production. “Whether it is the theme, the material or the process, it [is illustrated] trough that.”

Open Wide by Andreea Vrabie. Photo by writer.
“Open Wide” by Andreea Vrabie. Photo by writer.

During the two last days of the exhibition, May 2 and 3, fascinating projects will be displayed such as sound and video installations and game design projects.

When uncovering what those talented artists had to offer, looking, interacting and reacting with some cleverly imaginative project, you sometimes felt like you were in a dream. Other times you did not know exactly what you had to deal with, like with the spooky interactive statue that welcomed you on the fourth floor of the Phi Center. At one point, you even had to discover by yourself the beauty and ingenuity of an installation. In all cases, Correlate and the numerous graduates that took part in this exhibition made you sense and understand ideas in peculiar and unique ways. That is why this exposition is perfect for everybody, even people who do not usually attend art exhibits. Correlate is an exhibition that you can experience, not just look at. Children and adults alike will find something to see, to interact with and to like among the about 90 projects displayed in the exhibition.

That is why Correlate should be the exhibition to go to this weekend. You can be sure that you simply never saw and experienced arts like this.

The Correlate exhibition will be on display at the PHI Centre from May 1 to May 3. For more information, visit You can also visit their Facebook page,, or follow them on Twitter @Correlate2014.

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