“Something in the world forces us to think. This something is an object not of recognition but of a fundamental encounter. It may be grasped in a range of affective tones: wonder, love, hatred, suffering. In whichever tone, its primary characteristic is that it can only be sensed. In this sense, it is opposed to recognition.”
- Gilles Deleuze -
* in development *
Listening to the Walls
Conceived as a contemporary ‘barn-raising’, LISTENING TO THE WALLS is a large-scale public participative ‘memory-raising‘ of a community’s oral-history around a specific site indicative of their shared and diverse zeitgeist.
The original concept was first commissioned by Burlington Public Art, which then premiered September 2019, in Lowville, Ontario.
Presently we are developing larger concepts and partnerships with anglophone and francophone cultural organisations across Ontario for 2022-23!
Symphony of Souls
Conceived as a contemporary ‘funerary rite’, SYMPHONY OF SOULS is a large-scale pan-spiritual celebration of life living and life lost in a post-pandemic world!
It is an acoustic work of sound, silence and materials that fosters an interdisciplinary public creative process and exploration into the phenomenology of 'the restless and wandering spirit' facing an otherwise indifferent, if not uncertain, global reality.
The work can be created for an empty or abandoned theatre, concert hall, ruins, or an isolated geographic site-specific location.
Both of the above public art installations are processes of participative and collaborative outcomes that an urban, rural, and/or remote community can undertake.
Each work proposes a researched-based examination of past and present histories through an open studio that becomes a community activation. It renders an informed and imaginative daring into an existing landmark of interest as a metaphoric beacon of a community's zeitgeist.
The community becomes a matrix; a creative environment wherein participants evoke personal and local histories, exchange research, come to understand the evolution of everyday life, foster understanding between them.
Each work becomes a lens through which the inter-diversities of interest, language, story, energy, memory, belief, background, etc., inclusive of their contradictions and paradoxes, get summoned with intent.
This commitment to create a collaborative site-specific artwork with others becomes a living, breathing experience of contemporary public art engagement and its temporality.
If your community is interested, please contact us to set-up a preliminary discussion of the possibilities.