Glendon Digital 2021

Welcome to the second edition of Glendon Digital: Showcasing Student Projects! The 2021 edition is organized by the Glendon Digital Media Club, in collaboration with the Research and Innovation Office, and with the support of the Office of the Principal

Below you can browse through 19 different projects made by Glendon students between March 2020 and April 2021, as part of a course assignment. There are two types of project: individual projects and group projects. A PDF version of the program is available here.

▶︎ The project which received the largest number of votes in the “Individual” category for the 2021 edition is “Visualizing Indigenous Futurisms” by Leah Stammis (see below, project no. 19) 🏆

▶︎ The project which received the largest number of votes in the “Group” category for the 2021 edition is “Plants of Turtle Island” by Eleana Norton and Leah Stammis  (see below, project no. 12) 🏆

Project 01
– Arduino Sensor Control Module –


Type: Individual
Title: “Arduino Sensor Control Module”
Name(s): Albert Duane, BA History, 3rd year
Course: GL/DRST 3205 A Shadows and Fog: The Artistry of Technical Theatre, Y 2020-2021
Instructor: Duncan Appleton

Description: “This program permits the transmission of data from various electric and electronic sensors to a show-control computer to aid in the cuing of events and live performances.” Part of the Reimagining Connection Exhibit at Theater Glendon December 2021: visit the link for context.
File type: Code (PDF)

Project 02
– Black Live Matters: A Movement –

Type: Group
Title: “Black Live Matters: A Movement”
Name(s): Javeria Ghori, Hons. BA Sociology, 4th year
                    Freddy I. Ngoi, Hons. BA Communications, 4th year
                    Marie Foolchand, Hons. BA French Studies, 4th year
                    Nafissa Coulibaly, iBA Communications, 4th year
Course: GL/COMS 4201 A Fail. Fail again. Fail better. Mediations and Conflicts, fall 2020
Instructor: Philippe Theophanidis

Description: “Our video is a digital storytelling of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and its antithesis which is the #AllLivesMatter rhetoric. Using concepts and theories relating to failure of communication as racism, we demonstrate the progression of the Black Lives Matter movement and the message it represents to everyone involved. The goal of this project is to shed light on the representation of race-relations within communications and how that aligns with real world politics in North America. The Black Lives Matter movement in society and politics is being addressed, but with this video we also aim to bring the conversation to the world of academia and bring out the voices of scholars belonging to minority groups.”
File type: video

Project 03
– Commodification of Knowledge –

Type: Individual
Title: “Commodification of Knowledge”
Name(s): Javeria Ghori, Hons. BA Sociology, 4th year
Course: GL/COMS 4202 Knowledge Dissemination, fall 2020
Instructor: Evan Light

Description: “In the form of a spoken word poem this project takes a closer look at an example of commodification of research and the negative affects of patenting on the access of knowledge to the public. They video begins by addressing the purpose of university institutions and moves on to demonstrate how the world of academia has changed over the past 50 years. By exploring the case of Boots Pharmaceutical vs UCSF the video talks about the impact that patenting laws have on research and why this threatens the original university design of promoting research for the betterment of humanity, not for profit.”
File type: video

Project 04
– Failure to Comply: Civil Disobedience in an Era of #Metoo –

Type: Group
Title: “Failure to Comply: Civil Disobedience in an Era of #Metoo”
Name(s): Monika Borbely, iBA Environment & Health Studies, 5th year
                     Moboluwajidide Joseph, BA Communications Studies, 4th year
                     Judy Oduro, BA Environment & Health Studies, 4th year
                     Anjelica Ramsewack, BA Communications, 4th year
Course: GL/COMS 4201 A Fail. Fail again. Fail better. Mediations and Conflicts, fall 2020
Instructor: Philippe Theophanidis

Description: “In 2017, the hashtag pioneered by Tarana Burke, #MeToo, went viral calling attention to a crisis that for too long had been neglected – sexual violence. The global attention garnered an accelerated trajectory towards significant global change. While its third anniversary is a hopeful reminder of the powerful impact of activism, it is also a stark reminder of the work still left to do. Today, sexual violence continues to prevail in our communities and presents both a public health and human rights crisis (Me Too, n.d.). Within the journey to addressing the crisis, many failures still arise in making the movement more intersectional. Thus, it is important to embrace failure in confronting societal norms. Civil disobedience necessitates a dialogue on failure to enable us to be receptive to conservations about our errors to instill societal and political change for a just and equitable future.”
File type: video

Project 05
– Images and Our Reality –

Type: Group
Title: “Images and Our Reality”
Name(s): Naima Sood, Hons. BA Sociology, 4th year
                    Javeria Ghori, Hons. BA Sociology, 4th year
                    Marie Foolchand, Hons. BA French Studies, 4th year
Course: GL/COMS 3208 B Emergent Ideas in Communication 1, fall 2020
Instructor: Philippe Theophanidis

Description: “The age of covid-19 has presented new challenges; however, we have chosen to take a look at how technology has facilitated many pathways and opened doors for people. Digital art is not a new phenomenon but the pandemic provides one example of how art depicting our reality is used to represent solidarity, collective struggle and an expression of how the artist sees our world. Is art like the one depicting a nurse showing a different reality than Banksy’s image (Wimberly, 2020)? Perhaps. We want to dive in the reality these alternate images present. This unique circumstance has encouraged artists all over the world to use their talents in representing our current reality.”
File type: video

Project 06
– Intersectional Environmentalism –

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Type: Individual
Title: “Intersectional Environmentalism”
Name(s): Carmina Ioia, iBA Communications and French Studies, 4th year
Course: GL/COMS 4200 Knowledge Dissemination, fall 2020
Instructor: Evan Light

Description: “Intersectional environmentalism is an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for the protection of both people and the planet. In my visual presentation, I draw examples on how Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities are disproportionately impacted by various environmental injustices in the US and Canada, how fungus can serve as an example of creating better supportive infrastructure, and details on allyship.”
File type: PDF

Project 07
– Le postcolonialisme? C’est la meilleure théorie! –

Type: Individual
Title: “Le postcolonialisme? C’est la meilleure théorie!”
Name(s): Cyrielle Ngeleka, iBA/BBA en Études Internationales et Administration des Affaires, 1st year
Course: GL/ILST 2644 A Société internationale : Histoire, philosophie et théories, Y 2020-2021
Instructor: Sabine Dreher

Description: “Avez-vous déjà pris le temps de reconnaître que la manière dont vous percevez le monde diffère d’une personne à l’autre? En vérité, nos différents points de vue sur le système international peuvent être répartis selon une multitude de théories. Le libéralisme et le conservatisme vous sont-ils familiers? Je ne m’étonnerai pas si vous aviez répondu oui! Mais qu’arrive-t-il lorsque nous observons le monde à travers la lentille d’une théorie quasiment marginalisée en Relations internationales? Une théorie qui tient justement à amplifier la voix des marginalisés? Une théorie qui nous oblige à percevoir le monde non pas depuis le haut, mais depuis le bas (Mbembe, 2006: 131)? Bonjour à tous, je m’appelle Cyrielle, et mon projet vous élaborera pourquoi je trouve que la théorie du postcolonialisme est la plus convenable dans la politique mondiale.”
File type: video

Project 08
– Le signifié et le signifiant –

Type: Individual
Title: “Le signifié et le signifiant”
Name(s): Emma Cidadão, iBA Communications, 1st year
Course: GL/COMS 1910 B Introduction aux études en communications, Y 2020-2021
Instructor: Sarah Choukah

Description: “My project for COMS 1910 was to analyze and present one of our readings in an interesting animation. My work aims to present a simplified summary of Ferdinand de Saussure’s work on linguistics in a short hand-drawn animation. The video focuses on the link between the signifier (signifiant) and the signified (signifié) of a word/concept, and uses audio clips of native speakers from various languages to illustrate the flexibility of these linguistic concepts. ◼︎ Mon projet de COMS 1910 m’a demandé d’analyser et de présenter une de nos lectures. Ma petite animation dessinée à la main présente un résumé des études linguistiques de Ferdinand de Saussure. La vidéo décrit les liens entre le signifié et le signifiant d’un mot/concept, et il démontre la flexibilité de ces concepts avec les clips audio des autres langues enregistrées par les locuteurs natifs.”
File type: video

Project 09
– Love and Information (pandemic remix) –

Type: Group
Title: “Love and Information (pandemic remix)”
Name(s): Bella Baldin, BA Drama Studies, 4th; Justin Borges, BA Drama Studies, 1st; Hazel Chia, BA Theatre (Keele), 2nd year; Violette Daveau, BA French Studies, 2nd year; Andrea Doherty-Bekeschus, BA Drama Studies, 2nd year; Kate Dover, BA Drama Studies, 4th; Matty Ferriss, BA Drama Studies, 2nd year; Sabrina Gomes, BA Theatre (Keele), 4th; Katie Haslam, BA Drama Studies, 2nd year; Victoria Matchett, BA Drama Studies and French Studies, 2nd year; Ashlyn Miller BA Theatre (Keele), 2nd year; Samantha Szwed, BA French Studies and Drama Studies, 2nd year; Randa Toma, BA Law and Society, 4th; Maria Waheed, BA English, 3rd.
Course: GL/DSRT 2517 A Staging Plays: From Script to Production, Y 2020-2021
Instructor: Gabriel Levine

Description: “Love and Information (pandemic remix) is an online, livestreamed version of Caryl Churchill’s 2012 play Love and Information, a constellation of over 50 unlinked scenes with no named characters or stage directions. Twelve locked-down student performers from DRST 2517 Staging Plays, along with two design students from DRST 3205 Shadows and Fog, bring Churchill’s text into the present moment of pandemic isolation and digital creation. Students worked in collaboration with Professor Gabriel Levine (director) and Professor Duncan Appleton (digital designer) to create a series of snapshots of intimate moments, featuring ordinary people looking to make extraordinary connections. Moving from scene to scene with a mix of TikTok-inspired jump cuts, dance sequences, and musical interludes of space exploration, we present a transmission beaming out into the unknown. From our homes to yours… The performance was broadcast live on March 5 and 6, 2021, on Theatre Glendon’s YouTube Channel.”
File type: video

Project 10
– Meta Project –

Type: Individual
Title: “Meta Project”
Name(s): Justin Nichols, BA Business and Society, Post-Graduate
Course: GL/DSRT 3205 A Shadows and Fog: The Artistry of Technical Theatre, Y 2020-2021
Instructor: Duncan Appleton

Description: “A slightly voyeuristic media project, recorded live and unscripted, MetaProject is a look into the world of two partners chatting on their phones. This installation shows the screens of their phones as they converse. See every typo, second thought, and missed joke as the two discuss the art installation that they are a part of. Part of the Reimagining Connection Exhibit at Theater Glendon December 2021, the piece was originally projected on two 12’ tall bay windows. The piece aims to examine multiple types of connection: Partner to partner in the video itself, artist to artist as the piece comments on the other pieces in the exhibit, and artist to audience as the piece breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the viewer. Enjoy crazy coincidences, emotional moments, and the taboo of looking over someone’s shoulder while they text in MetaProject.”
File type: video

Project 11
– Party For One –

Reimagining Connection Presents_ Party For One

Type: Group
Title: “Party For One”
Name(s): Katie Haslam, HBA Drama Studies, 2nd year;
                     Victoria Matchett, HBA Drama Studies, 2nd year
                     Suonnah Berrette, BA Drama Studies, 3rd
Course: GL/DSRT 3205 A Shadows and Fog: The Artistry of Technical Theatre, Y 2020-2021
Instructor: Duncan Appleton

Description: “Party For One invites you to a solitary celebration for New Years 2021. Participants take a seat at an empty table set for five, with their own reflection being the sole attendee. Starry, metallic decorations fill the off-white, lifeless space with a synthetic sense of cheer, evoking the idea that this small celebration could take place in anyone’s apartment, anywhere. Just as the participant begins to adjust to the isolation, a festive but hollow countdown plays as the partygoer rings in the new year alone. The party for one reimagines connection through our celebrations; as for many of us this holiday season, our strongest connection is with our wifi signal.” Part of the Reimagining Connection Exhibit at Theater Glendon December 2021: visit the link for context.
File type: PDF

Project 12
– Plants of Turtle Island –

Title: “Plants of Turtle Island”
Name(s): Leah Stammis, iBA Political Science, 3rd
                     Eleana Norton, iBA French Studies and Concurrent Education, 3rd
Course: GL/LIN 2636 Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) Language and Culture I, fall 2020
Instructor: Maya Chacaby

Description: “This book serves as a resource for beginner Anishinaabemowin language learners to express themselves and better understand the natural world. Readers are able to practice their language skills whilst also learning about the importance of plants and their traditional uses in Anishinaabe culture.”
File type: eBook

Project 13
– Reimagining Connection: Dioranda –

Type: Individual
Title: “Reimagining Connection: Dioranda”
Name(s): Randa Toma, BA Law and Society, 4th
Course: GL/DSRT 3205 A Shadows and Fog: The Artistry of Technical Theatre, Y 2020-2021
Instructor: Duncan Appleton

Description: “My project is a hand-built diorama of my bedroom with a giant hamster wheel to signify me being stuck in my room during quarantine, like a hamster is stuck in its cage. The furniture and items in the diorama are all made by me with wood, paper, cardboard, plastic, clay, paint, foam, fabric, etc. The diorama features a motion sensor that triggers lights and music when approaching the diorama.” Part of the Reimagining Connection Exhibit at Theater Glendon December 2021: visit the link for context and read more about the project in this essay.
File type: Multimedia

Project 14
– Sur la table –

Type: Group
Title: “Sur la table”
Name(s):Amanda Chiu, GL/PSYC, 3rd; Yuan Dai, GL/LIN, 4th; Axel Iragaba, GL/ILST, 3rd; Bijoy Desai, GL/POLS, 4th; Cole Dac Bang, GL/MULT, 4th; Demi Papanikolaou, GL/POLS, 4th; Graham Thibodeaux, GL/EN, 3rd; Aisha Shafi, GL/POLS, 3rd; Henriette Youdom Mekem, GL/ECON, 3rd; Jesiel Penate, GL/POLS, 3rd; John Mabunga, GL/ECON, 3rd; Kanon Ito, GL/ILST, 4th; Kelly Wiens, GL/LIN, 4th; Mallaika Thapar, GL/ILST, 4th; Manny Amador, GL/PSYC, 3rd; Melissa Paltanen, GL/LIN, 4th; Nekoda Papadatos, GL/ILST, 4th; Reid Springstead, GL/POLS, 4th; Shilpa Ahluwalia, GL/LIN, 4th; Rejean Ghanem, GL/ILST, 3rd; Hussein Fathalla, GL/BUEC, 4th; Riya Trikha, GL/PSYC, 3rd; Seemab Mushtaq, GL/PSYC, 3rd; Sherihan Ahmed, GL/PSYC, 4th; Simon Topp, GL/POLS, 4th; Mykhailo Nazarenko, GL/ECON, 4th; Timofei Bounitch, GL/BUEC, 4th; Saad Al Adhami, GL/BUEC, 4th.
Course: GL/HUMA 3200 A Photographie numérique , Y 2020-2021
Instructor: Marc Audette

Description: “Le projet Sur la table tente de mettre en scène le moment particulier de confinement que nous vivons présentement. Il combine le familier et l’étrange. Le familier est la table, l’étrange est la chose qui peut porter à interprétation, placé sur et autour de la table. C’est le défi que j’ai lancé à mes étudiants pour cet exercice. Un défi, où chaque créateur doit produire avec des outils de fortunes et des objets de fortunes une œuvre photographique qui fait appel à l’imagination. Ici, il n’y a pas de mauvaises ou bonnes œuvres, mais plutôt des signes, comme un rayon X, qui révèlent un paysage, intérieur et extérieur, unis par les effets du moment présent. ”
File type: video

Project 15
– The 1910 Inquirer –


Type: Group
Title: “The 1910 Inquirer”
Name(s): Christy Lorenz, iBA International Studies, 3rd
                     Sana Hussain, BA Communications, 3rd
                     Maël Leroux, Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 4th
                     Elise Perrin, Sciences Po, 4th
Course: GL/COMS 1910 A Introduction to Communications Studies, Y 2019-2020
Instructor: Philippe Theophanidis

Description: “The 1910 Inquirer is a digital newspaper researched, written, and produced by students. Featured stories include an interview with John Honderich, CM OOnt and chairman of the Torstar Corporation, essays on the then-burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic, and commentary on foundational Communications scholars.”
File type: PDF

Project 16
The Many Lives of Hillary House

Type: Group
Title: “The Many Lives of Hillary House”
Name(s): Anne Wynne, BA Spec. History, 4th
                     Dino Giaouris, BA History and Concurrent Education, 5th
Course: GL/HIST 4310 Living History: Creating History in the Greater Toronto Area, Y 2020-2021
Instructors: Gilberto Fernandes & Andrey Pyée

Description: “Dino Giaouris and Anne Wynne recount the story of the Hillary House National Historic Site, Koffler Museum of Medicine, from its beginnings as a family home and medical practice. We sit down with Kathleen Vahey, the curator of Hillary House, and discuss the ins-and-outs of preservation, collections, and the challenges faced in the running of the museum.”
File type: audio

Project 17
– The Portrayal of Women in Horror Cinema –

Type: Individual
Title: “The Portrayal of Women in Horror Cinema”
Name(s): Josée Philips BA Dbl. Maj. French Studies and Communications 3rd
Course: GL/COMS 4200 B Knowledge Dissemination , fall 2020
Instructor: Evan Light

Description: “This documentary The Portrayal of Women in Horror Cinema assesses the portrayal of women in the genre of horror films. Through interviews with four women from different generations, they will explain how they feel their gender is represented in horror, as well as react to a montage of horror film clips. An interview is also presented with Dr. Dan Vena of Queen’s University, telling us about the theory and patterns behind this subject, and the connection it has with the culture, the audience and the filmmaking process throughout history. This documentary explores the subject of women in horror in all its aspects: sexualization, victimization, strength, objectification and creation, among many other themes.”
File type: video

Project 18
– The Sound of Reimagining Connection –


Title: “The Sound of Reimagining Connection”
Name(s):Shelby Shapiro, BA English and Drama Studies, 4th
Course: GL/DSRT 3205 A Shadows and Fog: The Artistry of Technical Theatre, Y 2020-2021
Instructor: Duncan Appleton

Description: “The Sound of Reimagining Connection explores what it was like to be part of the creation of Glendon’s Shadows and Fog’s first semester’s live installation project. Particularly, the process of creating and composing new organic noises that work to tie the complete project together. With a goal to elicit various emotions of distance and unity Reimagining Connection allowed for its students to consider what ‘connection’ is now in the Global Pandemic world of 2020/2021.” Part of the Reimagining Connection Exhibit at Theater Glendon December 2021: visit the link for context.
File type: audio

Project 19
– Visualizing Indigenous Futurisms –

Title: “Visualizing Indigenous Futurisms”
Name(s):Leah Stammis, iBA Political Science with a Certificate in Indigenous Studies (Keele), 3rd
Course: GL/SOCI 4601 Indigenous Activism, Resistance and Resurgence, winter 2021
Instructor: Maya Chacaby

Description: “This project aims to visually exhibit the incredible work that Indigenous futurists are doing to reclaim their identities and futures through the arts. It aspires to share the perspectives of Indigenous artists who are re-defining art and pop culture, decolonizing contemporary spaces, and amplifying Indigenous ways of knowing and realities. *All of the information featured in this project is sourced from Indigenous people and their definitions/approaches on Indigenous futurism.”
File type: website

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