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TouchCubes Debuts One Week From Today!

Poster One week from tonight we’ll be in Montreal to debut our latest installation TouchCubes as part of Art Souterrain, and we are totally looking forward to meeting you all!  We’ve been hard at work cutting acrylic, checking connections, wiring wires, and making countless trips to the hardware store, all with the intention of making the most awesome installation we can for you to enjoy. We can hardly wait for you to see it!

A few more details for those of you who have been asking: TouchCubes will be showing at the Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montreal, which is located at 747, Car Victoria.  We’ll be there in person on opening night Saturday February 28th, but if you can’t make it out then, TouchCubes will be on display until March 15th.  We hope you’ll be able to stop by!

Last but not least, we’re always grateful to those of you who have asked if we need any help putting TouchCubes together, and we always appreciate your support.  The best thing you can do would be to tell your friends about us, and help signal boost what we’re doing by sharing our posts on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and what have you, and of course we would be thrilled if you’d like to make a donation to cover some of our costs!

Gotta run right now, we have about 60 gazillion things to do today, but we look forward to chatting with you again soon!

Rik and Deane





Dreaming of Wires…

WiresIt’s exceedingly difficult to create art without wires, cables, extensions.  HDMI, USB, RCA, power, we are adrift in a sea of them…

Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau is less than a week away and we still have a ton of things to do, but we’re getting things done and we’re totally excited to be able to unveil MNML!  We’ve confirmed that we’re in Room 306 at the Ottawa School of Art, and we’re really looking forward to seeing you!

As always, we’ve been very grateful for all of your support and encouragement along the way, and we really appreciate your offers to help us make MNML the best installation it can be!  So for those of you that are interested, here are a couple of ways that you can help us out;

1) Spread the word!  Give us a signal boost!  Like us on Facebook!  Retweet some of our tweets!  Help us let everybody in Ottawa know that they should come see MNML!  Tell your friends about us, send them a link to our site, post a blog about us and let your readers know what we’re doing!  Tell people about us and let them know they should come out to support us!

2) Make a donation to SubZeroArts!  It costs a lot of money to do an installation like MNML and we’d be thrilled if you wanted to contribute to our costs!   We’ve set up a donations page on our website if you’d like to help us out that way.

Or maybe you have an idea about how you’d like to help?  Let us know what you think, we’d love to hear from you!


Rik and Deane

Whenever we do a new installation we’re always very lucky to have an interested audience who want to help us out. We’ve always thought that it was a very pleasant side effect of making interactive art, and we’re really grateful that you’d like to participate in our work this way!

Pillars of Light

With that in mind, a few of you have asked how you can help out with Pillars of Light, so we’ve put together a few suggestions about how you can help us out;

1) Help us spread the word!  Give us a signal boost!  Like us on Facebook!  Retweet some of our tweets!  Help us spread the word about Pillars of Light!  Tell your friends about us, send them a link to our site, post a blog about us and let your readers know what we’re doing, hire a skywriting biplane to make a great big sign in the sky, make a post about SubZeroArts in your favorite community, or ask Lady Gaga to tweet about us!  By letting people know about us, you’re increasing our broadcast range and increasing the support for our project, and that’s pretty cool, right?

2) Make a donation to SubZeroArts!  Okay, it sounds mercenary, but the truth is that it costs a lot of money to do something like this.  And admittedly we could use some help to upgrade some of our gear and buy some more equipment and ultimately make Pillars of Light the best possible installation we can.  We’ve set up a donations page on our website, and every donation we get will go towards making Pillars of Light into the  most  awesome installation it can be!

3) Get us in touch with more people!  Okay, this is slightly different from spreading the word.  While we love Ottawa and all of our friends there, we aren’t as well connected as we are here in Toronto, so we’d really appreciate if you could tell your Ottawa friends about us.  Maybe you know somebody in Ottawa that can help us spread the word, or maybe you have a friend that writes for an Ottawa event blog that might be interested in what we’re doing.  Maybe your sister lives in Ottawa and she can invite her karate club to drop by and see what we’re doing, or maybe your cousin’s archery team would be interested in an outing to see Pillars of Light!  Get them in touch with us so we can keep them in the loop too!

So there you have it, three simple things that you can do!   If you’re looking to be part of Pillars of Light, these are the best ways we can think of that you can help us out.

So what do you think you can do to help?

Rik and Deane/SubZeroArts


Moving Shadows on the Wall…

During preparations for “The Sound is Watching You” we’ve spent a lot of time figuring out projector throw ratios and sizing staging areas.  We have blisters from frequent tape measure use, and we’re a little concerned that we’re getting grid views burned into our retinas.  But it’s all coming together very nicely, and we’re getting more excited each day to be able to share “The Sound is Watching You” with all of you!

By the way, we’ve found that a number of you would like to help us out with this installation, but you’re not really sure what you can do.  Apparently a number of you would like to help us hang cables, but so far we’ve got all that stuff covered off (thanks for the offers though!).  One thing you can definitely do to help us out is to spread the word about “The Sound is Watching You”!  Tell your friends about us, maybe even suggest that they follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  Perhaps you’d like to add one of our lovely banners to your Facebook page, or your blog, or what have you. Feel free to grab one from the selection below;

Needless to say, the best way to support what we do is to come and experience “The Sound is Watching You” for yourself!

We’d love to see you there!

Rik and Deane/SubZeroArts


Photographic Evidence

It’s been a little while since we last posted, so we thought we should check in with you all to say hello. We’ve been very flattered by all of the kind emails and messages we’ve received from you over the last few weeks about LIGHTSOUNDPLAY! and we’ve really appreciated seeing your photos too!   Here are a few of our favorites so far;

Photo by Ashley Fraser, The Ottawa Citizen

Photo by Jackie Dunne

Photo by Billy Logan

We were also very flattered to see LIGHTSOUNDPLAY! mentioned very favorably on Billy Logan’s Blog and on the Shantitea site. Thanks to our new friends Billy and Amanda for your kind words!

If you have any photos/video or posts about LIGHTSOUNDPLAY! we’d love to see them.  You can mail us care of info@subzeroarts.com

So perhaps you’re wondering what SubZeroArts is going to be doing next? Well, we’re currently planning our next move so it’s still a bit early to say, but certainly you’ll be the first to know when we announce it.  In the meantime you may be interested to know that our musical project Kalte will be opening for Steven Severin in London, Ontario on November 9th and Toronto, Ontario on November 10th.  Mr. Severin will be performing his new score to the classic film Vampyr and we’re honoured to be able to share a stage with one of our heroes.

We do hope that you’ll be able to join us at one of the shows or, if you’re not able to make it, we hope that you’ll keep in touch and let us know what you’ve been doing!

Rik and Deane/SubZeroArts

PS While we’re talking about keeping in touch, if you haven’t already why don’t you add us on Twitter @SubZeroArts or Like us on Facebook?  Thx!

It won’t be long now…

Screens and projectors? Check!
Cameras? Check and Check!
Mac, firewire, cables and power bars packed? Check!
SubZeroArts homework printed out? Check!
SZA buttons made? (Eep, don’t tell Deane, but I haven’t started on those yet…)
Duct tape? Check and double check!

So the graphic test has been completed and all the gear is packed and ready to go. Today we bought a drill and 40 feet of copper wire, and we’re about as ready as we’ll ever be. We’ll be leaving Toronto tomorrow morning and we’ll be setting up Saturday afternoon in anticipation of Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012 on Saturday night.

To say that we’re excited is an understatement, and we wanted to thank all of you for your support and encouragement and well wishes and donations and everything. We’re very lucky to have such an amazingly supportive group of friends and fans and followers, and we hope we’ll see a bunch of you at the SAW Gallery on Saturday night. And for those of you that can’t make it out, we’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and video and stuff so you can live the LIGHTSOUNDPLAY! experience vicariously through us!

BTW, it’s not too late to tell your friends about us, or to make a donation, or to ask them to like our facebook page or to follow us on Twitter!

Anyway, we probably won’t have much chance to update here between now and the event, but we’ll be live tweeting the whole experience on our twitter feed @subzeroarts using the hashtag #szanbo12. We hope you’ll follow along with us through the weekend.

We’d also like to thank the very kind people at Artengine who very thoughtfully mentioned LIGHTSOUNDPLAY! as being an installation of particular interest. We hope that we’ll not only live up to your expectations but surpass them!

Gotta run, those buttons aren’t going to make themselves…

Rik and Deane/SubZeroArts

It’s Alive!

There is a point in every project where you just don’t know if you can pull it together, where doubt starts to creep in and you just don’t know if you can do it.


We are happy to report that the picture above proves that we can pull it together. And it will be AWESOME!!!

One week tonight on September 22nd, LIGHTSOUNDPLAY! debuts at the Saw Gallery as part of Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

Still interested in helping us out behind the scenes?  Find out what you can do to help!

Rik and Deane/SubZeroArts

PS  Like SubZeroArts on Facebook, add us on Twitter @subzeroarts, or follow us on Tumblr to keep in touch with us!


Admittedly, the technical drawing in our last post may have only been exciting and/or interesting to ourselves, but we do believe that there’s some value in sharing it as it gives a glimpse behind the curtain (pardon the pun!) and shows how the magic is made.  And let’s face it, EVERYBODY wants to know how the magic is made…


Today we have a slightly more involved technical drawing that gives you another view of things.  We hope you enjoy!

Still interested in helping us out behind the scenes?  Find out what you can do to help!

Rik and Deane/SubZeroArts

PS  Like SubZeroArts on Facebook, add us on Twitter @subzeroarts, or follow us on Tumblr to keep in touch with us!



There’s something very satisfying about seeing a completed technical drawing.

It makes things seem more real.

We have a few more drawings to share with you over the next few days, so be sure to check back and see LIGHTSOUNDPLAY! coming to life!

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has been kind enough to support our project over the last few weeks. Whether you retweeted a message, or donated a few dollars, or liked us on Facebook, it’s all been really helpful, and very much appreciated! If you’d like to keep doing it we’d be very grateful, and if you’ve been meaning to help us out but haven’t figured out what to do we would happily direct you to our post “So What Can I Do to Help?“.

Rik and Deane/SubZeroArts

PS  Like SubZeroArts on Facebook, add us on Twitter @subzeroarts, or follow us on Tumblr to keep in touch with us!


Less than two weeks? Ack!

Today is Sunday September 9th, which means that Nuit Blanche Ottawa is less than two weeks away. Really? Can that be true? TWO WEEKS?!!?!?!?!!!?

SubZeroArts at Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012

Ahem, yes, it’s less than two weeks until the debut of LIGHTSOUNDPLAY! and despite our apparent inability to read the calendar, things are moving along according to plan, we’ve been able to apply our newly-discovered knowledge of fabrics and pvc tubing, we’re on target with workplans, and we’re generally feeling pretty good about how everything is falling into place. So really, we’re not sweating or anything.

Well, maybe a little…

Anyway, in the time between other things we’ve started a SubZeroArts Tumblr account as we thought it would be a nice way to share all of the great art we’ve discovered looking through the Nuit Blanche Ottawa site with you, as well as posting other things of interest that we find as we poke around the internet. It seems like a really interesting community, and we encourage you to follow us there if you’re into the whole Tumblr scene. And if you can tell us what we’re doing wrong when we post music links we’d be most grateful…

We’d also like to take a minute to say thank you to everybody who’s acted on our “What Can I Do to Help?” post from last week, we really appreciate all of your support! If you haven’t had the chance to check out the post, it basically outlines how you can help us make LIGHTSOUNDPLAY! the best possible presentation that it can be, so, y’know, give it a look and let us know if there’s anything you can do to help.

Okay, gotta run, we still have 54,343,231 things left to do in the next two weeks, but we hope that you’ll keep in touch with us as we always enjoy hearing from you.  Talk soon!

Rik and Deane/SubZeroArts

PS  Like SubZeroArts on Facebook, add us on Twitter @subzeroarts, or follow us on Tumblr to keep in touch with us!


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