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Making beautiful art through code

Digital Futures is a unique program where students can blend their interests in art, computer programming, design and business.

"There are people making beautiful art through code,” says Luke Garwood, a student entering his second year in OCAD University’s Digital Futures program. He’s also an accomplished dancer.

Luke moved to Toronto from Montreal when he was 16 to study at the National Ballet School. After graduating, he worked in Europe and spent five years working at the Toronto Dance Theatre. Luke has been freelancing since then in modern dance, music videos and theatre. 

“I’ve always been interested in technology,” says Luke. “The dance world and its ephemeral quality has its limitations — it exists only while it’s being performed. With digital tech becoming more immersive, this can change.”

Digital Futures is a unique program where students can blend their interests in art, computer programming, design and business. Digital Futures is already feeding his dancing, says Luke. He’s created an augmented reality dance app that’s available via iTunes by searching “Ephemeral App."  

Luke’s ideas about how digital media can help dancers

  1. Digital is our current environment. Dance can either choose to be a time capsule of what it used to be, or run with the current times and push ahead.
     
  2. Digital media is a great creative tool. For example, 3D mapping with a camera can do amazing things with body movement. It can also create immersive experience such as Beck’s recent 3D video concert.
     
  3. Digital media is a way for dance to last beyond a live performance. Right now, digital tech is seen as a marketing tool for live dance performances. In the future, the digital platform could host or be part of the performance, not just promote it.




"There are people making beautiful art through code,” says Luke Garwood, a student entering his second year in OCAD University’s Digital Futures program. He’s also an accomplished dancer.

Luke moved to Toronto from Montreal when he was 16 to study at the National Ballet School. After graduating, he worked in Europe and spent five years working at the Toronto Dance Theatre. Luke has been freelancing since then in modern dance, music videos and theatre. 

“I’ve always been interested in technology,” says Luke. “The dance world and its ephemeral quality has its limitations — it exists only while it’s being performed. With digital tech becoming more immersive, this can change.”

Digital Futures is a unique program where students can blend their interests in art, computer programming, design and business. Digital Futures is already feeding his dancing, says Luke. He’s created an augmented reality dance app that’s available via iTunes by searching “Ephemeral App."  

Luke’s ideas about how digital media can help dancers

  1. Digital is our current environment. Dance can either choose to be a time capsule of what it used to be, or run with the current times and push ahead.
     
  2. Digital media is a great creative tool. For example, 3D mapping with a camera can do amazing things with body movement. It can also create immersive experience such as Beck’s recent 3D video concert.
     
  3. Digital media is a way for dance to last beyond a live performance. Right now, digital tech is seen as a marketing tool for live dance performances. In the future, the digital platform could host or be part of the performance, not just promote it.