PVS is a design collective whose members are designers, artists, creative technologists and researchers. The collective creates projects as a means to pursue inquiries into the political and conceptual aspects of interaction, space and media. Its members attempt to investigate how specific technologies of vision, communication and gesture support our experiences in participatory spaces. Members of the collective have exhibited nationally and internationally, and have worked in a variety of areas including public projection, media architecture, locative media, video installation, exhibition design, interaction, communication design and media scholarship. PVS works in collaboration with the Public Visualization Lab, a university-based lab in Toronto.

Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo, Immony Men, Jay Irizawa, Maggie Chan, Preethi Jagadeesh, David Schnitman, Robert Tu, Symon Oliver, Bohdan Anderson, David Czarnowski, Alexis Mavrogiannis, Tim Macleod, Tati Petkovic, Jeff McArthur

PVS is located in Toronto, Canada

You can contact us at: pvs@publicvisualizationstudio.co



2020 / The Building As Screen: A History, Theory, and Practice of Massive Media / Dave Colangelo / Amsterdam University Press

The Building as Screen: A History, Theory, and Practice of Massive Media describes, historicizes, theorizes, and creatively deploys massive media — a set of techno-social assemblages and practices that include large outdoor projections, programmable architectural façades, and urban screens — in order to better understand their critical and creative potential. Massive media is named as such not only because of the size and subsequent visibility of this phenomenon but also for its characteristic networks and interactive screen and cinema-like qualities. Examples include the programmable lighting of the Empire State Building and the interactive projections of Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles, as well as a number of works created by the author himself. This book argues that massive media enables and necessitates the development of new practices of expanded cinema, public data visualization, and installation art and curation that blend the logics of urban space, monumentality, and the public sphere with the aesthetics and affordances of digital information and the moving image. Link to book

2019 / We Live Here: Media Architecture a Critical Spatial Practice / Dave Colangelo / Space and Culture

This article asks how media architecture in the form of urban screens, LED façades, and public projection might function as a critical spatial practice in the hybrid digital and physical spaces of smart cities thereby challenging prevailing practices and theories of monumentality. The activist work of The Illuminator’s guerilla projections of the 99% symbol on buildings in Manhattan, the treatment of highly visible and iconic structures as media channels and sites of public discourse such as an ongoing research-creation project with a community-led media façade in downtown Toronto, and the #WeLiveHere2017 project at the Waterloo Estate in Sydney which supports tenants in protesting gentrification by illuminating their windows, demonstrate how new forms and practices of monumentality through media architecture can better engage citizens and cities in addressing important societal issues such as housing, poverty, indigenous rights, and discrimination in increasingly privatized public spaces. Link to article

2017 / Expressive Cartography and the Aesthetics of Public Visualization / Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo, Maggie Chan, Robert Tu / Leonardo Volume 50 | Issue 5 | October 2017

Aesthetic visualization projects that incorporate users, community stakeholders, multiple modalities and technologies necessarily emphasize the way that an artistic visualization can be both an artifact and a process — a conceptualization of aesthetic visualization that is useful for thinking about visualization in general. In this paper, the authors propose the concept of the visualization as boundary object, a move away from the indexical claims of visualization and instead towards an acknowledgement of the entangled nature of social, political, economic, cultural, technological and environmental actants. Through a description of the In The Air, Tonight public visualization project, the authors suggest that by making manifest the connections between these actants, a visualization project, as a form of expressive cartography, can contribute to the visibility of and engagement with important issues (e.g., homelessness) that affect society. Link to published article

2016 / Disrupting the City: Using Urban Screens to Remediate Public Space / Dave Colangelo, Claude Fortin, and Jean Dubois / Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium for Electronic Arts, Vancouver, August 2015

For over a decade, human-computer interaction (HCI) research placed a great deal of emphasis on studying interaction, engagement, and appropriative practices in online technology-mediated social environments. Moving forward, however, we see computing systems increasingly designed to support digitally-augmented face-to-face interactions in public settings. As far back as the nineteen seventies, new media artists anticipated this interactive potential of digital public displays to foster new forms of situated interactions in urban space, quite distinct from mobile computing in that they altogether exclude online connections or exchanges. Drawing on examples of practice, this paper discusses and showcases some of the key creative strategies, which panelists deploy in order to remediate interactive screen technology into a platform that has the power to disrupt the ordinary course of our everyday experience within increasingly media saturated cities. Download article

2015 / Curating Massive Media / Dave Colangelo / Journal of Curatorial Studies, Volume 4, Number 2

The European Union’s media art initiative Connecting Cities and New York-based Streaming Museum are two recent examples of curatorial models that operate through large, networked digital displays. This growing exhibition category combines expressive media architecture and telecommunication elements to engage ‘trans-local’ sites and diverse publics in complex media spaces. By investigating the confluence of exhibition-making, public art and urban experience, this article explores the relationship between spectacle and criticality with respect to shifting notions of space, identity and ‘the common’. Link to published article

2015 / The Line / Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo / Land|Slide Exhibition Catalogue

A selection of photographs from our installation plus a brief introduction to the project is included in this publication documenting all the artist projects from the Land|Slide exhibition. Download chapter

2014 / CoPerformance: A rapid prototyping platform for developing interactive artist-audience performances with mobile devices / Symon Oliver, Bohdan Anderson, Patricio Davila / Mobile HCI 2014 Conference Proceedings. Toronto, Canada

This is an extended abstract describing the technology developed to provide mobile-phone based interaction to accompany live performances. Download abstract

2014 / Expressive Cartography and the Aesthetics of Public Visualization (conference paper) / Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo, Maggie Chan, Rober Tu / IEEE Vis 2014 Conference Proceedings IEEE Vis 2014 Arts Program, Paris, France

This paper posits that visualization should be considered as expressive cartography and as an event rather than simply artifacts in order to acknowledge the various discursive and performative aspects of this kind of practice. It uses the In The Air Tonight installation project as an example to explain this concept. Download paper

2013 / Criticality and Design: The Pursuit of Authenticity / Patricio Davila / Menlo Park

The problems with criticality in design practice are discussed through the lens of recent theories of art and sociology of technology. Download article

2013 / 2013 Public Interface Effects: Re-embodiment and Transversality in Public Projection / Dave Colangelo, Patricio Davila / Leonardo Transactions

The problems with criticality are discussed through recent theories of art and sociology of technology and the argument for the importance of this issue in the practice of design is made. Download article

2013 / The Aesthetics of Public Visualization / Patricio Davila / Data is Beautiful (conference proceedings) Data is Beautiful, Kitchen Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

This article is a expansion of the themes presented in the Data is Beautiful Conference. It discusses the notion of aesthetics as a consideration that goes beyond beauty incorporate visuality, visibility and public engagement. Download paper

2012 / Light, Data, and Public Participation / Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo / Leonardo Electronic Almanac 18 (2)

This article is based on an interactive pubic visualization project with the CN Tower and Rogers Communication and a presentation done at the ISEA conference in Istanbul. It attempts to describe the theoretical, historical, technological conditions and the practices of designers and artists that contribute to the current context in which participation and visualization in public is taking place. Download article

2011 / E-Tower and Public Space: Transforming space through reactive architecture and personal mobile devices / Dave Colangelo, Patricio Davila / CHI 2011 (conference proceedings) / CHI 2011, Vancouver, Canada

In this paper we describe the theoretical background of E-Tower, a mobile phone based interactive installation with the CN Tower for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2010. Download article