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LUMEN: Taien Ng-Chan presents Stratigraphic City, Waterloo

Architecture Science & technology Sculpture & installation Visual arts
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Visitor & Heritage Information Centre

Waterloo, ON

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Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.

Washrooms available in local businesses.


Lumen is a festival that showcases light based new media, media art, and projection based installations. This event invites citizens to explore the city through a new lens - one that illuminates Waterloo through art and technology.


Taien Ng-Chan's Stratigraphic City, Waterloo is a site-specific video installation that features a sculptural map of the area around the City of Waterloo's Visitor and Heritage Information Centre. The poured plaster buildings, made from various items of food packaging, evoke the mundane and the everyday. Audiences are invited to physically interact with the video projection to reveal the different layers, or strata, of the city. There are many strata that make up any city, from the historical, social and material to the sensual and the poetic. These will all be explored in the installation. Thanks to Donna Akrey and Daven Bigelow for all their assistance. From more information on the artist, visit:

Installation sponsored by: Stantec

Location: Visitor & Heritage Information Centre


Visitor & Heritage Information Centre

With arts, culture and heritage being of such importance to our city's livability, we have developed our culture plan with the core vision to: break down barriers to cultural activities and engagement at the city and within the community; identify opportunities and bring ideas, people, and resources together to help make great things happen; encourage creativity and creative expression in all areas of community life. Go out and explore arts, culture, and heritage in Waterloo!


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