Area(s) of ExpertiseInteractive and Locative Media, Data Visualization, Public & Site-Specific Art, Information Design & Visualization, Communication Design
Patricio Dávila is a designer, artist and educator. He is currently Associate Professor in Design and Associate Dean at OCAD University. He is also member of the OCADU Mobile Media Lab and Visual Analytics Lab. Patricio is director of Zero Lab, a research centre investigating the use of design and art practices for promoting environmental justice and imagining sustainable futures. His doctoral research focused on developing a theoretical framework for examining data visualization as assemblages of subjectivation and power. In his creative practice he has created mobile applications, locative media projects, essay videos, new media installations, and participatory community projects including: Powers of Kin, Chthuluscene, Tent City Projections, The Line, and In The Air Tonight. His research and practice focuses on the politics and aesthetics of participation in the visualization of spatial issues with a specific focus on urban experiences, mobile technologies and large-scale interactive public installations.
PhD, Communication & Culture, York/Ryerson University
MA, Communication & Culture, Ryerson/York University
BDes, Graphic Design, Ontario College of Art & Design
2016 Multiplex, Essay Film Festival at Nuit Blanche at OCAD University, Toronto (with Maiko Tanaka, Maggie Chan, Preethi Jagadeesh, Onyeka Igwe)
2016 Powers of Kin, video at In/Future, Toronto (with Immony Men)
2015 In The Air, Tonight, architectural LED façade installation at Ryerson University Image Centre, Toronto (with Dave Colangelo, David Schnitman, Maggie Chan, Robert Tu)
2015 Chthuluscene, large multi-user mobile interactive visualization installation, Nuit Blanche 2015, Toronto (with Immony Men, Symon Oliver, Bohdan Anderson, Maggie Chan, David Czarnowski)
2015 The Fauna of the Mirror, outdoor public video project, Celebration Square, Mississauga (Dave Colangelo, Preethi Jagadeesh, Maggie Chan)
2014 In The Air, Tonight, interactive documentary of installation, Subtle Technologies (with Dave Colangelo), Toronto
2014 In The Air, Tonight, architectural LED façade installation at Ryerson University Image Centre (with Dave Colangelo), Toronto
2014 Tent City Projection, architectural projection installation (audio & video) at Art Spin 2014 at Cherry St. (with Dave Colangelo)
2014 Workers That Live in the Mirrors, architectural projection (video), at Digifest 2014 at Steelworkers Union Building in Toronto. (with Dave Colangelo)
2013 The Line, video documenting the installation, Land|Slide: Possible Futures at Markham Heritage Museum (with Dave Colangelo) at Shenzhen Architecture Biennial, Hong Kong / Shenzhen, China
2013 The Line, architectural projection (audio/video) & sculpture installation, Land|Slide: Possible Futures at Markham Heritage Museum (with Dave Colangelo)
2013 Workers That Live in the Mirror, architectural projection (video), The Fourth Annual Art Spin Exhibition at the Historic Tower Automotive Building in Toronto. (with Dave Colangelo)
2013 30 Moons Many Hands, architectural projection, audio/video public installation, Hastac 2013 Digital Humanities Conference at York University (with Dave Colangelo)
2011 Everything, multi-channel video installation, Digifest Toronto 2011 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (with Justin Stephenson)
2011 Parkdale Versions / Public Design Unit, community design and visualization project, ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche 2011 (part of the Leitmotif curated exhibition), Toronto (with Dan McCafferty)
2010 E-Tower, interactive installation (mobile phone & CN Tower Lighting System), ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche 2010, Toronto (with Dave Colangelo)
2009 System for Forgetting and Remembering, location-specific interactive video installation, The Leona Drive Project, York University, Toronto
Awards \ Grants
Price Award for Excellence in Teaching, OCAD University
Ontario Arts Council Grant
Toronto Arts Council Grant
Dávila, P., Colangelo, D., Chan, M., Tu, R. (2016). Expressive Cartography and the Aesthetics of Public Visualization. Leonardo Journal.
Dávila, P., Jackson, J., Grant, R. (2015). eds. Urban Ecologies 2013 Conference Proceedings. OCAD University. Toronto, Canada.
Dávila, P., Colangelo. (2015). The Line. Land|Slide Exhibition Catalogue. Public. Toronto.
Dávila, P., Colangelo, D. (2014). Expressing and Embodying Transversality Through Public Projection. Leonardo Electronic Almanac. 18 (3).
Dávila, P., Colangelo, D. (2013). Public Interface Effects: Re-embodiment and Transversality in Public Projection. (Leonardo Transactions)
Dávila, P. (2013). Criticality and Design: The Pursuit of Authenticity. Menlo Park. (2013 launch issue – menlopark.ca)
Dávila, P. (2013). The Aesthetics of Public Visualization. Data is Beautiful (proceedings). Kitchen Budapest.
Dávila, P., Colangelo, D. (2012). Light, Data, and Public Participation. Leonardo Electronic Almanac. 18 (2).
Dávila, P., Gardner, P., Shea, G. (2010). Locative Urban Mobile Art Interventions: Methods for Facilitating Politicized Social Interactions. Aether: The Journal of Media Geography (5B).