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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

LUMEN: University of Waterloo Student Art Innovation Lab presents Tyler Matheson

Sculpture & installation Visual arts
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Waterloo City 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.


Queer utopias exist as temporal moments of transformative worldmaking within the heteronormative present. Considering queer history in two parts, before AIDS, and after AIDS, Matheson reflects on the experiences of those who came before him, who for a brief moment experienced sexual freedom, not only to have it stripped away, but to fall victim to that freedom. For many, the dance floors of queer-friendly spaces are portals into what the world would be like if there was more acceptance. Using light, and the reflective properties of disco balls and shiny materials, Illuminating Utopia seeks to engage the viewer in an act of play, reflection, and reconciliation—ephemeral moments where no two reflections are ever the same. For more information, visit:

Location: Waterloo City Centre


Arts & Culture, City of Waterloo

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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