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

LUMEN: Nik Harron presents MONARCH

Digital & new media Music Science & technology Sculpture & installation Visual arts
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CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

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.


MONARCH is an idiophonic butterfly-shaped physical synth. It is comprised of 38 magnetically-tunable oscillators, 4 kalimba elements, 6 strings, 2 removable steel picks, and a playable reverb spring. Contact mic’d internally with a piezo transducer, it combines the ability to play as a picked/plucked instrument as well as percussively. For more information about the artist, visit:

Installation sponsored by: Martin Simmons Architects

Location: CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation)


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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