Highlights from Shaping Our City: Brainstorming Session

Walter and Victoria

Last Friday,  a group of us gathered by the fireplace at Civic Space for some continuous conversation and had a great time discussing and sharing ideas, even creating new ones together! With Edgar’s suggestion, we dubbed the night ‘Tertulia’, a word used to describe any kind of social gathering of intelligent or artistic thought. Walter lead […]

Street Installations by SpY

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SpY is an urban artist who has been practicing forms of intervention, mostly traditional graffiti, since the mid-1980s. More recently, he has chosen to work within the confines of urban elements, often playing with their intentions and using them as a “palette of materials”. I suggest checking out this book for a nice overview of […]

Lisa Lipton Discusses Her Neighbourhood Spaces Residency Plans

Visual artist, musician and director, Lisa Lipton a.k.a. FRANKIE, kicks off the 2013-2014 artist-in-residence line up for Neighbourhood Spaces (NS), Windsor & Region’s Artist-in-Residence Program. During her residency, Lisa will be developing a ‘Windsor-based Scene’ at Atkinson Skate Park for her docufictional film, BLAST BEATS. Each scene is being constructed as FRANKIE travels across North […]

Broken City Lab in Conversation with Julian Montague at Videofag

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Friday, February 1st, 7:30pm – 187 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, Ontario This Friday, Cristina Naccarato and Joshua Babcock of Broken City Lab will be heading to Toronto to participate in a discussion at Videofag with Julian Montague. The discussion will revolve around the repurposing of space in “North American Rustbelt Cities”. Julian will be discussing the […]

CUTMR Panel: Evolution – Design Conversations in a Collaborative City


Justin heads to Toronto this weekend to participate in Evolution — Design Conversations in a Collaborative City on Sunday, January 27 at 1pm in the Gladstone Ballroom at the Gladstone Hotel. We were there earlier this year for Nuit Blanche, it’s going to be fun to return! Here’s the overview from the curators: In celebration of Come Up […]

Call for Participation: Regret & Resolve


With the start of the new year, we wanted to take stock of the regrets we have about the city or our roles within it, and the resolutions we might make to change this place for the better. We want to ask two questions: What are the things that we know we should be doing, […]

Exploring Philadelphia & Public Talk with Mural Arts & Philly Works


We’ll  be visiting Philadelphia to explore the development of short- and long-term projects in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program and community organizations in the city. During our visit, Mural Arts and Philly Works will be hosting a public presentation of our work, and a stimulating conversation about how artists can engage people in conversations […]

Exploring North Bay (prep for Surviving North Bay)


We’re in North Bay for a residency in preparation of an upcoming exhibition. White Water Gallery is our gracious host (and for the first half of the day, our introduction to North Bay). Much of the day is on foot, with cameras. We record what we can about the city’s history and get a read […]

Single-Use Camera Tests: Captioning the City


Kevin and Josh ventured out with a single-use camera to test what the temporary installations would look like, as we continue to prep for Thursday’s launch of the Letter Library here at CIVIC SPACE. Also, film is fun. The letters look great and the photos aren’t too bad either. They definitely have a colder tone […]

Grades for public infrastructure


Has this already been done somewhere? The idea of creating grade sheets for things in the city and then a space for comments or something? Might we take it on too? This photo is of a page in the book Waking Up from the Nightmare of Participation, I think it’s a template of an evaluation form […]

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