Dave Colangelo, PhD

, PhD
Professor and Academic Coordinator for Bachelor of Digital Experience Design (DxD)


Dave Colangelo is an artist, educator, and researcher based in Toronto, Canada. He is a founding member of Public Visualization Studio. His work considers media architecture (urban screens, LED façades, and public projection) as a means to support critical and creative engagements with the city, public art, and information.

He is currently Professor and Academic Coordinator of the Bachelor of Digital Experience Design program in the in the School of Design at George Brown College, and Director, North America, of the Media Architecture Institute. He is also Lighting Coordinator for RyeLights at Ryerson University. Previously he has held positions as Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Culture at Portland State University in the School of Film and Adjunct Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in the Digital Futures MA/MDes/MFA program.

His writing has appeared in C Magazine, Leonardo, Public Art Dialogue, and the Journal of Curatorial Studies and in edited collections on Museum and Gallery Design and the History of Film Studies.

His creative work as a curator and artist (with Public Visualization Studio) has been exhibited at The Bentway in Toronto, and at Open Signal and the Portland Winter Light Festival in Portland, Oregon. Writings and presentations on these works have appeared at the International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA) 2011 in Istanbul, ISEA 2013 in Sydney, at the 2013-14 Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Shenzhen/Hong Kong, and in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac.

Colangelo holds an MA in Cultural Studies and Interactive Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a PhD from the York-Ryerson Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture in Toronto.

Areas of Expertise

Design History and Theory

User Experience Design

Interaction Design

Service Design



Cultural Studies

Critical Theory

Social Justice

Public Space

Accessibility and Inclusivity in Public Art

Media Architecture

Expanded Cinema

New Media Art

Bauhaus Design and Architecture

Curatorial Studies

Film Studies

Data Visualization


Digital Humanities

Social Practice in Art and Design

Career Highlights

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.

Other Activities

2008 - Disintegration/Disintegration. De Leon White Gallery. Toronto, Canada.

Co-Founder, Public Visualization Studio

Lighting Coordinator, RyeLights


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


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