COLAB Grand Opening Celebration Mixes Art, Music, Food

November 24, 2008

Grand Opening Celebration of SU’s COLAB Offers Lively Mix of Art, Music, Food

Thursday, November 13, 2008

COLAB–a new interdisciplinary initiative based in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) that encourages students and faculty to use their diverse skills and perspectives to solve complex, real-world problems creatively and collaboratively–hosted a grand opening celebration on Thursday, Nov. 20, on the fourth floor of The Warehouse. The celebration, which was free and open to the public, was held in conjunction with Th3, Syracuse’s city-wide art open.

The celebration featured a variety of events, including:

  • Vewing of COLAB’s newly designed headquarters, where many furnishings are made from such repurposed or recycled materials as tires (made into trash cans), flip-flops (made into ottomans) and Trex decking (made into modular furniture).
  • Exhibition of design work from a recent COLAB charrette–a short but intensive design project–held in collaboration with the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce to develop ideas to build a new identity for the city’s downtown area that stimulates retail and restaurant development.
  • Exhibition of student work from the courses “Wearable Technologies,” which explores wearing computer chips on the body to provide new functionality or simply new aesthetics, and “Responsible, Sustainable Furniture and Lighting.”
  • Exhibition of wall installations by painting and surface pattern design students in VPA.
  • “Taste of Armory,” featuring tables and food samples from Armory Square restaurants.
  • Performances by fire-twirler Ravin in The Warehouse East parking lot.
  • Experimental electronica music by the Jesse Stiles 3000
  • COLAB offers courses, programs and events in a nontraditional atmosphere that fosters innovation and imagination. Future COLAB projects include creating a graduate program in interdisciplinary strategies and three charrettes in the Spring 2009 semester that address the themes of art, technology and not-for-profit work, respectively. COLAB will also offer courses on interactive installations and design thinking. In addition, COLAB will nurture partnerships with educational, governmental and commercial organizations and institutions.