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IAMD STUDENT CO-CURATES COME UP TO MY ROOM AT THE GLADSTONE

“Fall of The Walled Garden,” by Also Collective and Mason Studio. Photo by Sarah Mulholland
“Fall of The Walled Garden,” by Also Collective and Mason Studio. Photo by Sarah Mulholland

Robert Cram, a student in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program at OCAD U, was one of the co-curators for the annual Come Up To My Room alternative design showcase held January 23 to 26 at Toronto’s iconic Gladstone Hotel. Together with Jaclyn Blumas, Elise Hodson and Britt Welter-Nolan, Cram curated the work of 65 artists and designers who created 25 provocative installations.

“The focus of this year’s show was to include both digital and analog work and find connections and integrations between the two,” said Cram, who was invited to join the team of curators as a result of some of the work he’s done with theHeretical Objects Arts Cooperative. A good example of the digital-analog combination was in the “Fall of The Walled Garden,” an installation by Also Collective and Mason Studio that invited people into a light and sound structure to find a place of stillness within the busy exhibition.  

Cram, who also works at the landscape architecture group The Planning Partnership, often focuses on outdoor and public works, and as a result, part of the Come Up To My Room exhibition spilled outside the building onto the West Queen West streetscape, with one of IAMD student Ana Jofre’s life-sized marionettes on the balcony and a projection by Sarah Keenlyside and Nathan Whitford on the outside of the building. The Escapespace team polled Torontonians prior to the event and created an outdoor 3D representation of how we choose to disconnect with daily realities and escape.

Cram and the team of curators also thought carefully about how to make the best use of the hallway and foyer spaces in the Gladstone this year, not limiting installations to rooms only. In addition to larger works in the halls like “Hanging Matters,” hundreds of abstract piñatas made by students at Ryerson’s School of Interior Design that people pulled at timed intervals, Cram pointed out a series of tiny installations called “Creatures of Comfort” throughout the hotel by OCAD U alumni Sisley Leung. Leung miniaturized everything from an art gallery to hot air balloons, a gondola and a miniature hotel. 

Come Up To My Room was started 11 years ago by Christina Zeidler and Pamila Matharu to encourage the design and art community to take risks and begin new dialogues. It’s associated with the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

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IAMD student Ana Jofre’s life-sized marionettes

Trailer for Illustration alum Andrew Foerster’s “Tin Canyon” short film




“Fall of The Walled Garden,” by Also Collective and Mason Studio. Photo by Sarah Mulholland

Robert Cram, a student in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program at OCAD U, was one of the co-curators for the annual Come Up To My Room alternative design showcase held January 23 to 26 at Toronto’s iconic Gladstone Hotel. Together with Jaclyn Blumas, Elise Hodson and Britt Welter-Nolan, Cram curated the work of 65 artists and designers who created 25 provocative installations.

“The focus of this year’s show was to include both digital and analog work and find connections and integrations between the two,” said Cram, who was invited to join the team of curators as a result of some of the work he’s done with theHeretical Objects Arts Cooperative. A good example of the digital-analog combination was in the “Fall of The Walled Garden,” an installation by Also Collective and Mason Studio that invited people into a light and sound structure to find a place of stillness within the busy exhibition.  

Cram, who also works at the landscape architecture group The Planning Partnership, often focuses on outdoor and public works, and as a result, part of the Come Up To My Room exhibition spilled outside the building onto the West Queen West streetscape, with one of IAMD student Ana Jofre’s life-sized marionettes on the balcony and a projection by Sarah Keenlyside and Nathan Whitford on the outside of the building. The Escapespace team polled Torontonians prior to the event and created an outdoor 3D representation of how we choose to disconnect with daily realities and escape.

Cram and the team of curators also thought carefully about how to make the best use of the hallway and foyer spaces in the Gladstone this year, not limiting installations to rooms only. In addition to larger works in the halls like “Hanging Matters,” hundreds of abstract piñatas made by students at Ryerson’s School of Interior Design that people pulled at timed intervals, Cram pointed out a series of tiny installations called “Creatures of Comfort” throughout the hotel by OCAD U alumni Sisley Leung. Leung miniaturized everything from an art gallery to hot air balloons, a gondola and a miniature hotel. 

Come Up To My Room was started 11 years ago by Christina Zeidler and Pamila Matharu to encourage the design and art community to take risks and begin new dialogues. It’s associated with the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

Learn more

Blog TO slideshow

Watch artist installations in progress 

IAMD student Ana Jofre’s life-sized marionettes

Trailer for Illustration alum Andrew Foerster’s “Tin Canyon” short film

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