LAND|SLIDE possible futures——Canada Pavilion
The model of my project of Land/Slide Possible Futures, the project I did this summer in Markham Toronto Canada, is part of the Collateral Exhibition at the Hong Kong /Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2013 in Shenzhen, starting at December 5, 2013 – Februari 28, 2014.
Curators: Janine Marchessault, Public Access in collaboration with Yan Wu, Gendai Gallery
Land|Slide Possible Futures 2014 presents some of the art works and documentation of a public art exhibition and community engagement project that took place Sept-Oct 2013 in Canada.
Thirty-five artists were commissioned to transform the twenty-five acres of the Markham Museum and Heritage Village through indoor and outdoor installations as a way to reimagine the complex historical and ecological fabric of the city of Markham—a newly formed city in the most ethnically diverse municipality in Canada. Markham also sits in one of most agriculturally rich parts of the world. Artists were asked to reinterpret the Museum’s 80,000 historical artifacts and thirty historic buildings and dwellings constructed between 1850-1930 to explore themes of multiculturalism, sustainability, and community.
The exhibition opens up the past to reflect on the future, sometimes blurring the space between the two. It presents a variety of projects – including installations, performances and sculptures, bookmaking and photography, 3D cinema and augmented reality. The exhibition asked how can we address some of the most pressing tensions facing us today: the balance between ecology and economy; agriculture and development; and diversity and history. The art works have been designed to create a public conversation and to recognize the vitality of the “outside” world. In particular the curatorial team singled out the incredible experiment that is Southern Ontario’s Greenbelt – one of the largest bodies of protected land on the planet.