OZO Vision is a Toronto based creative hub
FOR mixed media production and fabrication
OZO founder Bryan Sutherland (Toronto) specializes in live performance antics, props and digital tunes.
Zoo Owl (right) has performed in a variety of settings including the ROM, The Powerplant, Adelaide hall and Artscape
Fort YORK: Wavelength festival
Approach the gaping bite of a giant plant monster in OZO LAB's "Doom Garden". Installed in the forests of historic Fort York, this creature drew lots of attention. The miniature mouths had hand controlled mechanisms, producing bite-size fun for all ages. Sound reactive lights flickered at its base, illuminating this giant against the night sky. An eclectic mix of musicians and performers sound tracked the evening.
Bryan Sutherland (design, fabrication
Jonathan Thielens (3D printing / modeling)
Ofir Rosen (install)
Laser cut Acrylic, Aluminum, Fishing Wire, Wood, sound reactive LED
ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE: sculpture
Installed at the Ontario Science Center in collaboration with Ryerson University.
"The Communi-Tree re-purposed cardboard and blossomed into a giant idea. This collaborative tree works like a hub for activity and awe. Guests can contribute to the structure in a variety of ways to help the Communi-Tree grow. Using laser cut templates, they can add links and flowers to existing tendrils or branches. This project seeks to bring the outside world into the hearts and minds of guests. The Communi-Tree encourages learning in a fun and immersive way and becomes a tree of knowledge for the audience. On installation day, an animatronic owl emerged and swiveled its head to greet the faces of attendees. What wisdom will be exchanged?
Designer and Director: Bryan Sutherland (OZO)
Install: David Fan (Team leader), Milena Satrohan (Owl fabrication), Toria Morrison, Sam Enow, Kayla Larocque
Communi-Tree: Cardboard, Acrylic, Steel, Plastic // Animatronic Owl: Cardboard, Acrylic, Arduino, Servo Motor, Glue
Luminato: The Hearn sculptures
FUTURE MOBILE / KINETIC WHEEL
Familiar flicker of a moving picture, hanging fractals slice projections. Enter into this gravity taught mobile to appeal to creature comforts. Useful as both a mesmorizing centerpiece, and civic tool for safe passage in the treacherous the Hearn Power Plant. Time and space elongate and contract with each swaying minute. Relax with new friends and enter a heightened state through the pulsing lights. You may plan your future here.
This tool enables the public to maintain a sense of play without purpose. The mechanism itself serves to challenge the conventions of gallery rules, abandoning a "hands off" approach. The glowing tendrils lure the audience in, like a deep sea specimen emitting hues through the darkness. Give it a spin, and it reels in the user. Bio-mimicry pays tribute to our collective origin, and the monstrous life forms that lurk between the scales of micro and macro- organism.
Kvesche Bijon-Ebacher (Logistics)
Nate Wolf (Projection mapping)
Future Mobile: Laser cut Acrylic, Aluminum, Fishing Wire, Wood, Projection Mapping
Kinetic Wheel: Fiberglass rods, Aluminum frame, LED, 3V batteries, Tape,
SUMMERWORKS: Experiential PErformance
GOGGLES MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES (2016)
A sold-out live performance lit up the floors of the Pia Bouman school for ballet. The double bill featured the full OZO arsenal - reactive lighting, projection mapping, props and kinetic sculptures. The audience can join Zoo Owl as he guides a product demonstration of new OZO devices. Constructed environments and props emerge from the shadows, but what entity lurks between the thresholds of spectator and subject? In response to the augmented reality technologies poised to infiltrate aspects of our lives, this musical performance rejoices in practical stage effects and cinematic ambience. What relationships do electronic devices share with the paranormal? Expect high voltage interruptions, weird sirens, and instant breakdowns. Perhaps a collective power is at play here.
Writer, Performer Director: Bryan Sutherland (OZO)
Projection mapping: Nate Wolf
Piano overture: Kasho Chualan
Dancers: Paul McEachern, Drew Shannon, Ken Boleville, David Van-Ocean
Featured Light Goggles, Kinetic Wheel, Projection Mapping, LED sound reactive lighting, Fake plants, Laser Cut trinkets
DOUBLE BILL: Followed by Kurt Marble opus "Glitter Jesus"( Psych Rock Opera)
THE GREAT HALL: OZO Sculpture
An electric fence cannot contain the beast that bellows. "Ozominous Rex", produced for the Long Winter concert series, was made from materials sourced entirely from the cutlery and kitchen section of a Dollarama. It pokes ferocious fun at our consumptive habits, and the disposable tools we use in the cycle. Our instincts for survival are as certain as an immense set of teeth are grim. We are the creature that devours all it sees. For attendees, what lingering tremors light up in our brains when we see such a site? Genetic panic in the amygdala dilate our senses, an homage to our reptilian wiring. A remote switch allowed tufts of smoke to surprise onlookers.
Designer: Bryan Sutherland (OZO)
Install: Avem Ondo
Plastic, Tablecloths, Cutlery, Paper Plates, LED, Foam mats, Curtains
GLADSTONE HOTEL: MECHANISM PROTOTYPE
The "Shivering Plant" is a first iteration installation, to gauge the behaviors of the user and an IR sensor. Presented as a "shy specimen", this plant awaits the attention of the passersby, to stop, and animate the tendrils on its crown. Based off sea fauna, this design would quiver and shake when the user stands close. Using an IR sensor, motors, and strips of polyethylene, attendees had fun interacting and visiting the lone shivering plant giving it life through their presence. The Long Winter concert series hosted this piece and other new media works, celebrating the use of reactive technology in a public setting. The plant had its time in the spotlight, garnering praise and new friendships with each jiggle.
Designer / Programmer: Bryan Sutherland (OZO)
Polyethylene, Paper, Wood, Plastic, Iron frame, Tape, Arduino, 5V Motor
WORKSHOP REDESIGN: PROTOTYPE
This is the first iteration of a conceptual room layout, for a workshop in Toronto. This rough maquette helps to re-imagine the room as a multifunctional social space and learning environment. It would be divided into distinct zones for optimized usage. The final construction would also taking advantage of existing amenities like plumbing and ventilation. Its function would meet existing needs and empower the users.
Designer / Builder: Bryan Sutherland (OZO),
Programmer, Logistics: Jay Zhuang
Laser cut Acrylic, Laser Cut MDF, Laser Cut Birch, Iron, Aluminum, LED