We just received a few boxes of our newest publication, INVENTED EMERGENCY (For Small Cities & Big Towns), published through White Water Gallery. They look so good, we can’t wait to give them out! INVENTED EMERGENCY is built on the research developed for Surviving North Bay, a residency and exhibition by Broken City Lab, hosted [...]
Mary Tremonte of Justseeds Artist Cooperative Printing at the Windsor May Day Parade in Drouillard Park.
Image courtesy of Nicole & Sarah’s blog – blog.sincerelyinterested.com If you haven’t checked out our recent video of Nicole Lavelle and Sarah Baugh interviewing one another about their residency and project here in Windsor, then you’re missing out on all the interesting ideas and experiences framing their new project, Spirit of Windsor: An Outsider’s Guide. This [...]
Late last week, two Portland artists–Nicole Lavelle & Sarah Baugh–arrived at CIVIC SPACE in a brown Volkswagen Westfalia camper van to spend a couple weeks exploring Windsor and eventually designing a Windsor Tour Guide publication. They took a few minutes yesterday evening to ask each other questions about what their collaborative project at CIVIC SPACE [...]
With Portland-based artist-in-residence, Jason Sturgill, we reframed his previous project, Art is Forever, as Windsor is Forever – a community-driven art and tattoo project that gave Windsor residents an opportunity to make a permanent commitment to the city. Participants chose from a flash tattoo set created in collaboration with local artists and illustrators to receive as their free tattoos, which were [...]
Blog Party We’re very excited to announce a new biweekly blogging night, Blog Party, starting Thursday, April 11th here at CIVIC SPACE! Blog Party aims to bring together local bloggers to discuss ideas, inspiration, and issues in the city and beyond, providing a time and space for writing, learning, and creating together, regardless of skill level. [...]
Jen Delos Reyes–a Portland-based artist and educator–has curated an exhibition here at Civic Space called The Social Practice Workbook. This exhibition is a collaborative effort between students of Portland State University (PSU) and takes the form of an assemble-it-yourself display of short writings and assignments from PSU’s Art & Social Practice MFA Program. Jen took [...]
This building vaguely reminded me of something on the University of Windsor campus… this could be somewhere near Leddy library or Essex Hall. It’s actually part of the Tempo Skien Annual Temporary Outdoor Exhibition, in Norway. The work is by Kasper Sonne, who regularly works with text in his gallery and public work. If the [...]
We’re holding Office Hours on Tuesday, December 16th, at 7pm, LeBel, room 125. Feel free to drop by to contribute, engage, ask questions, and fix this city. We’ll be discussing upcoming projects, ongoing research, and planning out a year’s worth of repairs. These will likely be the last Broken City Lab office hours for 2008.
Spent last night around the table with my brother, the high school physics teacher, trying to figure out how one might calculate the resistors and type of battery that would be needed in a circuit powering 200 LEDs. I know there are some calculators online, as Mike had suggested earlier, but because I really don’t [...]
This concept may not be overly fitting for Windsor’s current financial hardship in terms of unit costs, but rainwater harvesting units could prove to be very cost-effective in the long-run. Research has and is being done at the University of Guelph to produce a successful rainwater harvesting system. The system was designed by two engineering [...]
I’d been meaning to scan this for a while, Olafur Eliasson‘s Moss Wall, which consists of living arctic moss. While we’ve posted about pictorial or textual uses of moss before, I like that this work was done in 1994 and exists as just a large span of green. So, in thinking about our past interest [...]
I walked to the Walker Power Building today and was sad to see more broken windows and yet more ads stuck to the side of the building for Big Tony’s and The Drive magazine. I can’t help thinking there should be a better use for this wall that gets viewed by so many cars on [...]
I was interviewed yesterday about Broken City Lab on CJAM 91.5fm’s Not In My Back Yard, hosted by Adam Fox and Tom Lucier. I didn’t get a chance to post this before the interview actually happened, but thankfully CJAM offers MP3 archives on their site. You can hear the excerpt of the show with Tom’s and [...]
I found this little gem while aimlessly seaching instructables for a good recipe for General Tao’s tofu. “Shoefiti” is a necessary element of any urban space. They are of particular interest to me due to the various myths and truths surrounding them, be it an informal murder memorial, a drug users annotation, or the hijinks [...]