David Robert Colangelo
1981 Born in Toronto, Canada


Assistant Professor of Digital Creation and Communication
School of Professional Communication, Ryerson University

Director, North America, Media Architecture Institute

Co-Founder, Public Visualization Studio


Professor and Program Coordinator
Honours Bachelor of Digital Experience Design
School of Design, George Brown College

Assistant Professor of Digital Culture,
School of Theatre + Film, Portland State University

Adjunct Professor,
Digital Futures MA/MDes/MFA program, OCAD University


2023 Innumerable Ones. Ice Follies. North Bay, Canada.
2023 Ombra Musici II. Portland Winter Light Festival. Portland, Oregon.
2022 Fabulous Ones. AgYU and Nuit Blanche. Toronto, Canada.
2020 Receipts. The Bentway. Toronto, Canada.
2019 Ombra Musici. Portland Winter Light Festival. Portland, Oregon.
2018 Shadow!. The Bentway. Toronto, Canada.
2017 Happiness by Design. Toronto, Canada.
2017 No Fixed Address. Portland State University. Portland, Oregon.
2016 The Fauna of Mirrors. Nuit Blanche. Toronto, Canada.
2016 In The Air, Tonight. Ryerson Image Centre. Toronto, Canada.
2015 The Fauna of Mirrors. Celebration Square. Mississauga, Canada.
2015 In The Air, Tonight. Ryerson Image Centre. Toronto, Canada.
2014 Art Spin 5th Annual Exhibition. Victory Soya Mill. Toronto, Canada.
2014 Digifest. United Steelworkers Hall. Toronto, Canada.
2014 In The Air, Tonight. Ryerson Image Centre. Toronto, Canada.
2013 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. Shenzhen, China.
2013 Land|Slide: Possible Futures. Markham Museum. Markham, Canada.
2013 Art Spin 4th Annual Exhibition. Tower Automotive. Toronto, Canada.
2013 HASTAC 2013. York University. Toronto, Canada.
2011 Cross|Sections. *Hotshot Gallery. Toronto, Canada.
2010 Nuit Blanche. CN Tower. Toronto, Canada.
2008 Disintegration/Disintegration. De Leon White Gallery. Toronto, Canada.


2015 PhD in Com. and Culture, TMU/York - Toronto, Canada.
2007 MA Cultural Studies and Interactive Media, Goldsmiths - London, UK.
2006 Bachelor of Arts & Science, McMaster University - Hamilton, Canada.


The Building as Screen: A History, Theory, and Practice of Massive Media. Amsterdam University Press, 2020.


"Book Review: Ingrid Hoelzl and Rémi Marie, Softimage: Towards a New Theory of the Digital Image," Journal of Visual Culture 16(1): 118-121, 2017.

"An Expanded Perceptual Laboratory: Public Art and the Cinematic Techniques of Superimposition, Montage and Apparatus/Dispositif," Public Art Dialogue 5(2): 112-130, 2015.

"Curating Massive Media," Journal of Curatorial Studies 4(2): 238-262, 2015.

“The Empire State Building and the Roles of Low-Resolution Media Façades in a Data Society,” Proceedings of the 2nd Media Architecture Biennale Conference: World Cities, Aarhus, Denmark, November 2014.

“Expressive Cartography and the Aesthetics of Public Visualization,” Proceedings of the IEEE VIS 2014 Arts Program, VISAP’14: Art+Interpretation, Paris, France, November 2014. With Patricio Davila, Maggie Chan, and Robert Tu.

“Public interface effects: re-embodiment and transversality in public projection,” in Cleland, K., Fisher, L. & Harley, R. (eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, Sydney 2013. With Patricio Davila.

“Light, Data, and Public Participation,” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 18(3): 154-163, 2012. With Patricio Davila.

"Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial)," Review, C Magazine, no. 113, Spring 2012.

"Public Data Visualization: Dramatizing Architecture and Making Data Visible," International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Istanbul, September 2011. With Patricio Davila.

“E-Tower and public space: Transforming space through reactive architecture and personal mobile devices,” CHI International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Vancouver, May 2011. With Patricio Davila.

“Educational Technology and the Epistemic Conditions of Primary Education.” EDULEARN10 International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, July 2010.

“The Car Park,” Street Signs, Goldsmiths Centre for Urban and Community Research, Fall 2007: 32-34.


"Critical Spatial Practices of Monumentality in the Smart City." Proceedings of AMPS Conference 12, Critical Practice in an Age of Complexity, February 2018. University of Arizona. (synopsis)

"The Empire State Building and Media Facades." Media Architecture Biennale 2014, Aarhus, Denmark, November 2014. (synopsis)

“Massive Media: When Buildings Become Interfaces.” Transgressing Media: Critical Themes in Media Studies, the New School, New York City, April 2014. (synopsis)

"Formless Fields of Attraction: Afterimage, Montage, and Apparatus in Public Projection." The Magic of Special Effects: Cinema-Technology-Reception, Université De Montreal, Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montreal, November 2013. (synopsis)

“Walking The Line: Sensing transformations in suburban space through public interactivity.” International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA), Sydney, June 2013. With Patricio Davila. (synopsis)

“Approaching the archive: Architectural projection and the Archives of Ontario.” Toronto Film Seminar at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reflexive Retrievals: Archives and the Digital Imperative, Toronto, October 2012. With Patricio Davila.

"On Projecting and Being Projected Upon: Critical Reflections on a New Media and Dance Collaboration," Canadian Society for Dance Studies Conference, Montreal, May 2012. With Erin McCurdy.

"Detecting a Difference: Hitchcock Scholarship in the Digital Age," The Impact of Technological Innovations on the Historiography and Theory of Cinema International Conference, Montreal, November 2011.

“Present post: Post-internet art, post-medium aesthetics, and technology,” Canadian Communication Association Conference, Fredericton, June 2011.

“Public space, relational aesthetics, and data visualization,” York Film Downtown at TIFF Bell Lightbox: Expanded Narratives for Urban Screens, Toronto, March 2011. With Patricio Davila.

“Educational Technology and the Epistemic Conditions of Primary Education,” Goldsmiths University of London Graduate Conference. London, England. August 2007.


2023 Dean's Teaching Award, Toronto Metropolitan University
2021 Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award
2018 Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Project Grant
2016 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grant
2013 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship
2013 Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grants to Media Arts Professionals
2012 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2011 Ryerson International Research Support Fund
2010 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2010 Rogers Fellowship Fund
2007 Distinction - Goldsmiths, University of London
2004 Moffat Kinoshita Architects Prize
2001 JDS Uniphase Scholarship


Toronto Metropolitan University, Assistant Professor
Text, Image, and Sound
Intro to Visual Communication
Communication Revolutions
Applied Visual Communication and Design
Sept 2020 - Present

George Brown College, Professor
Intro to Digital Experience Design
Digital Systems and Software
Digital Theory, Design Thinking
Sept 2018 - June 2020

Portland State University, Assistant Professor
Film Theory, Film History, Film Analysis
Massive Media, Expanded Cinema
Experiments in Urban Media
Sept 2016 - June 2018

Streaming Museum, Research Consultant
June 2015 - Present

OCAD University, Instructor
Art in the Public Sphere, Digital Theory, Popular Culture
History of New Media Art, Contemporary Design Theories and Practices
Media, Messages, and the Cultural Landscape
June 2012 - August 2016

Social and Economic Studies of the Himalayas, Researcher, Volunteer
June 2006 – August 2006, Dehradun, India.

University of Kaiserslautern, Research Assistant
May 2004 – Sept 2004, Kaiserslautern, Germany.