The Storefront Residencies for Social Innovation: Launching June 11, 2010

For 30 days, this project will call on over 25 different artists, writers, designers, restauranteurs, musicians, architects, archivists, and other interested parties to occupy a space in downtown Windsor for up to one month in June and July 2010 to attempt to intervene with the everyday realities of skyrocketing vacancy rates, failing economic strategies, and a place in need of new imagination.

We’ve been planning this for months, and we’re incredibly excited to see it finally launch this Friday, June 11, 2010.

Michelle will be posting constantly for the next month, and we’ll be noting the open and close times for each day soon. In the meantime,  feel free to download the entire schedule in PDF.

The Schedule: All projects take place in either 406, 410 or 424 Pelissier Street in downtown Windsor.



Project Description

Daragh Sankey
(Toronto, ON)

June 10 – 13

June 17 – 20

June 25 – July 11

How To Make a Documentary: Live documentation of the residency in its entirety/video editing workshops.

Jolie Inthavong
(Windsor, ON)

June 11 –17

The Breakroom: A Profit-Free Cafe and Lunch.

Eric Cheung
(Toronto, ON)

June 11 – 21

Creation of an interior urban green park.

Andrea Carvalho
(Montreal, QC)

June 11 – 21

A series of actions and tactics challenging Windsor-specific Non-Places.

Julie René de Cotret & Jefferson Campbell-Cooper
(Guelph, ON)

June 11 – 23

The Peoples Museum & Fabulations de Windsor: Bilingual community-based story telling and story gathering.

Sara French
(Vancouver, BC)

June 11 – July 8

Norman Eberstein: An interactive, live performance involving surveillance cameras and a security guard at work.

Nicole Grinstead
(Montreal, QC)

June 13 – 19

Swap Shop.

Jodi Green
(Windsor, ON)

June 14 – 25

The Sweater Factory: process-based performance involving the unraveling and re-assembly of sweaters.

(Department of Unusual Certainties)
(Toronto, ON)

June 15 – July 11

Storefront Success Stories: Based on admiration for the local shopkeeper, the project aims to create new connections, knowledge, and theories between Windsor’s different businesses, people, and sites of productivity.

Kero (Windsor, ON / Detroit, MI)

June 17 – 20

An interactive motion-sensored installation engaging outside pedestrians and interior viewers.

Leesa Bringas (Windsor, ON)

June 18 – 30

Collaborative letter-writing campaign to vacant homes on Indian Road.

Stephen Surlin (Windsor, ON

June 20 – 29

An experimenting / prototyping / recording research phase for the collecting of urban sounds through contact microphones.

Terre Chartrand, Garth Rennie, Zoey Heath, Phil Beaudoin
(Windsor, ON & Kitchener / Waterloo, ON)

June 20 – 27

A visual exchange between Kitchener-Waterloo and Windsor: a ride down the highway dialog through photographic and sound experience.

Lea Bucknell
(BC/London, ON)

June 22 – July 1

June 30, 7pm (opening)

Community-shaped, Interactive Interior garden space.

Thea Jones
(Montreal, QC)

June 23 – 26

Multimedia installation using process-based research of the Detroit-Windsor bridge and tunnel which cross the Detroit River.

Thom Provost
(Windsor, ON)

June 24 – 30

Storefront projection installation using Google Street View stills of Windsor.

Denise St Marie
(Toronto, ON)

June 25 – 27

Talk To Strangers: a text-based outdoor window installation.

Ayesha Drouillard & Nicolette Westfall
(Windsor, ON)

June 27, 28, July 4, 5 (workshops), July 7-8 (show)

IMAGINATION LAB: walk-in art workshops for kids accompanied by their caregivers.

Merry Ellen Scully Mosna
(Windsor, ON)

June 28 – 29

Portraits, Pies and Peace: Sunday afternoon discussions, and sharing of homemade pie, plus some drawing and painting.

Logan Davis
(Windsor, ON)

June 28 – July 1

Interactive Light Board Window Installation.

Robin Fitzsimons
(Toronto, ON)

June 28 – July 2

Donation-based in-store training to improve gambling skills – geared towards subverting the economy in Windsor.

Doodle Heads: Elizabeth Prosser & Nicolette Westfall
(Windsor, ON)

June 29, 30 (workshops),

July 1-July 3 (show)

Graffiti Workshops and Showing.

Joshua Babcock
(Windsor, ON)

June 29 – July 11

Invention and Solution Hub (ISH): ongoing brainstorming and mapping activity.

Brad Tinmouth
(Toronto, ON)

June 30 – July 2

Pro-Click Factory: digital, interactive open-mic nights. An evening lecture and their techniques for cultivating the best YouTube videos.

Laura Paolini
(Toronto, ON)

July 1 – 11

Bell Payphone Labs: PL1999 and GMBLL. Payphone intervention workshops.

And And Collective
(Waterloo, ON)

July 3 – 11

The Amalgamated City of W: Imagined merging of Windsor and Waterloo through campaign office meetings, consultations and presentations.

Lee Rodney
(Windsor, ON)

July 5 – 8

Border Bookmobile: A reading station.

Emily Colombo
(Sault Ste. Marie, ON)

July 5 – 10

Multiple public Interventions based on analysis of debt-accumulation, poverty, city-beautification, and community engagement.

This project is generously supported by the City of Windsor: Cultural Affairs Office, Arts Council Windsor & Region, Windsor Pride, and the Ontario Arts Council.

7 Replies to “The Storefront Residencies for Social Innovation: Launching June 11, 2010”

  1. i’m so excited for the sweater factory! jodi green is one of my favourite things about this city. bcl is so amazing to offer such great, unique and imaginative opportunities for the city to share in. you guys are the best! : )

    ps: thanks for inviting me to use some space too! i wish i would have read the email sooner. i have a billion email addresses so things get lost, lol. hopefully you’ll do something like this again in the future and i’ll be more organized : D

    1. Consider this an open invite, Samantha!!! Email me or Michelle if you have an idea.

      Either way, it’d be great to see you sometime over the next month!

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