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

Luv Lite


Film & video Interdisciplinary Science & technology Sculpture & installation Visual arts
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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


The Exchange BIZ

492 Main St

Winnipeg, MB

Directions: This installation can be viewed in a physically-distanced way through the windows outside the Exchange BIZ between September 24 - October 24.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Luv Lite is an interactive, augmented-reality art installation. In a window display, the audience sees about a dozen CRT televisions. Only one television has rabbit ears. One of the audience members walks up to the television with rabbit ears and looks closer. Their face is displayed on every single television in the window display. Their face is shooting light beams from their eyes. The audience member raises their hands and they see light beams shooting from their hands. Their jaw drops and a series of halos fills the background.

Luv Lite is making use of a hidden camera inside of the rabbit ears. The camera is connected to a computer that is running augmented reality software and broadcasting software. The live image of the audience member is being processed in the augmented reality software and then broadcast to the televisions in real-time.

Luv Lite is an exploration of screens and an audience's expectations of interaction with them in a playful way. Using CRT TVs I hope to evoke a sense of nostalgia for a technology that is familiar but no longer available to consumers. As well, the expectations for this style of screen is not to have interactive elements, so by layering in augmented reality interaction, I hope to surprise and delight the audience. The staging of Luv Lite is also designed to maximize selfie-taking from audience members. The proposed augmented reality mask is light beams emitting from the users eyes and hands - evoking a narrative that the light we need to see comes from within.



Illuminate the Night presents Joshua Banman

Joshua Banman is an experimental storyteller - creating stories that explore the themes of love, technology, economics and asking what it means to be a human in the 21st century.

Joshua works in the mediums of animation, virtual/augmented reality, film, and theatre. Joshua’s current artistic research is focused on the determinative nature of storytelling, exploring the power of the stories we tell ourselves and how the technologies we use to share stories may amplify their outcomes.

Joshua is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and a past member of the Black Hole Theatre. Joshua is proud and grateful to call the West-End neighbourhood of Winnipeg home and live there with his wife Janis, and two dogs, Kat and Gir.

-- Each year, the "Illuminate the Night" open call is held for artists to propose pieces that will enthrall, excite and possibly introduce Winnipeggers to something they have never seen or experienced before at Nuit Blanche. Projects are selected by a jury of artists and art professionals and are featured in Winnipeg’s downtown core. --


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Nuit Blanche Winnipeg - Produced by Culture Days Manitoba Winnipeg, MB

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