DMRII shared facilities
Black Box Facility
(Accessible Performance Lab)
The Digital Media Black Box Facility (named the Accessible Performance Lab, or APL) is a signature research environment for OCAD University. It is a shared, flexible research and presentation facility and is designed to support:
- Integrated media research
- Performance art (incorporating movement, sound and light)
- Prototyping of realistically scaled environments that can accommodate testing equipment, sensors, etc. to record interaction, gesture and motion
- The creation of immersive art installations and virtual space design
- The exhibition and presentation of all manner of digital media performances
Physical Hybrid Computing LabThe Physical Hybrid Computing (PHC) Lab is a nexus prototyping studio for all DMRII laboratories supporting electronics and robotics development projects, including interactive sculpture, multi-touch sensors, smart materials, lighting and wearables technologies. It houses and supports coding and programming electronics, embedded computer development stations, fabrication of objects with materials using cloth, plastics, wood and metals, and has assembly work stations to connect, test circuits and devices.
Through the possibilities of embedding information into physical objects, faculty researchers and their students explore questions of contemporary embodiment and new possibilities for human/human, human/machine and real and virtual relationships.