SFU Philosopher’s Cafe – Artist Talk & Discussion on Saturday, Feb 15, 2pm


Join me for an artist talk and open discussion this Saturday, February 15th at 2pm at the Field House Studio at Burrard Marina. I’ll present a range of past projects and discussion some of the beginning stages of our new project in Vancouver.

Here are the details:

Saturday, February 15, Artist Talk at 2pm, Philosopher’s Café from 3pm to 5pm

The Field House Studio at Burrard Marina (1655 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver, BC)

In partnership with SFU Philosophers Café and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Broken City Lab will host an artist talk and discussion at the Burrard Marina Field House Studio.

As part of the Field House Studio Residency with the CAG, members of Broken City Lab will embark on a site-specific research phase towards the realization of a new project that antagonizes, examines and makes visible issues at the intersection of education, public space and civic life. Living together in moments of play, conviviality and learning will form the basis for their investigations; new contingent architectures developing as tactical programming that will circulate in, around and through the Burrard Marina Field House.

The Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver. For more information on Field House programs go to www.contemporaryartgallery.ca

Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime.

Our residency at the Field House runs January to April, 2014. More soon!

Artists in Public Speaker Series: Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver Field House Studio

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You might already know that Danielle and I have moved to Vancouver. I’m taking up a position at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Danielle embarks on her career as a lawyer as she starts her articles. We just got here, so I’m really excited to be able to start a conversation like this so quickly.

This conversation is part of a speaker series hosted by the Contemporary Art Gallery  at The Field House Studio. I hope that if you’re in town, you’ll join me for an open discussion on the limits and possibilities of locality, participation, and public engagement. I’ll offer some starting points on the ideas, people, and experiences that have shaped my way of framing those themes and then open it up to discussing where these issues might bring us next in education, art, and public life.

The Field House Studio is an off-site artist residency space and community hub organized by the Contemporary Art Gallery and supported by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver. Running parallel to the residency program is an ongoing series of public events for all ages.This summer the CAG launches a new talks program inviting creative and cultural producers to share their theories, thoughts, and experiences of developing projects in the public realm.

Artists in Public Speaker Series:

Justin A. Langlois
Saturday, August 17, 4pm
Field House Studio at Burrard Marina

Langlois will discuss his work as co-founder and research director of Broken City Lab, an artist-led interdisciplinary creative research collective and non-profit organization working to explore locality, infrastructures and creative practice leading towards civic change. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.


Address: Field House Studio at Burrard Marina, 1655 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver

BCL @ PSU MFA Art and Social Practice Conversation Series


Justin heads to Portland to present at the PSU MFA Art and Social Practice Conversation Series this week.

The PASPWACS is a brand new series of presentations by people and organizations related to Art and Social Practice including artists, non-profits, writers, and architects. The presentations are free and open to the public and take place on Wednesdays at 1 pm at Field Work, an off-site social practice classroom and civic space at 1101 SW Jefferson Street, Portland, Oregon.  The conversations are streamed live and archived as podcasts. The presentations function as extended Q and A sessions with an expectation that participants and listeners will educate themselves in advance about the work of the presenters. The series is coordinated by PSU associate professor Harrell Fletcher and run by the graduate students of the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA program. For more information go to: http://www.psusocialpractice.org/

Also, an interview with Justin and his recent “Methodologies of Failure: Evaluation Practices for Socially Engaged Art” appear in the latest issue of PSU’s Art and Social Practice journal.


Justice at Work: An Alternative to the Alternative

Where: Room G110, Windsor Law

Presented by: Danielle Sabelli (Windsor Law Student) and Justin Langlois (Assistant Professor, University of Windsor)

This workshop seeks to reimagine a range of potential, unlikely, and imaginative careers. Members of Broken City Lab will help facilitate an exercise in exploring and unfolding the ways in which the knowledge and practice of law might be applied to new settings, situations, and social realities. Are there legal careers yet to be defined or is there a need to forget the ideas of a law office, court system, and legislative boundaries all together? Join us for an engaging and challenging discussion towards articulating an alternative to the alternative.

Danielle and Justin are co-founders of Broken City Lab, an artist-led interdisciplinary creative research collective and non-profit organization working to explore and unfold curiosities around locality, infrastructures, and creative practice leading towards civic change.

More information: jaw2012.wordpress.com

OPEN: Discussing Financial Precarity and Alternative Economies

OPEN: Discussing Financial Precarity and Alternative Economies

Featuring a panel discussion with Professor Jeff Noonan and members of Broken City Lab, with an art installation by Michael DiRisio.

Questions such as what caused the global recession and how can we effect change will be asked in an open format, with an emphasis on collaborative thought and horizontal discussion. An exhibition of installation and video work by University of Windsor MFA candidate Michael DiRisio, who will be moderating, will provide a greater context for the talk.

The event is free and open to the public, and there will be refreshments.

Thursday Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
Mackenzie Hall, Main Gallery
3277 Sandwich Street, Windsor

DX Salon Nights: In Conversation

Poster for DX Salon Night with BCL & DoUC

Michelle and Justin head up to Toronto on December 8th at 6:30pm at 234 Bay Street for an interview with the Department of Unusual Certainties, as part of the ongoing DX Salon Night.

Not familiar with the Design Exchange?

The Design Exchange (DX) is Canada’s design centre and museum with a mission to promote the value of design.  We are an internationally recognized non-profit educational organization committed to promoting greater awareness of design as well as the indispensable role it plays in fostering economic growth and cultural vitality.  We build bridges by improving communication between various design disciplines, educators, businesses and the general public through programs, exhibits, lectures, and workshops.

Yes, we’re excited. Hope you’ll join us.

Some things you should do this week (and next): Art, Lectures, & Funding Workshops

photo courtesy of Windsorite.ca

Thankfully, Owen over at Windsorite.ca grabbed a shot of this (above, our work, AS OF 2011.09.21, WE ARE ALIVE & WELL.), since we still need to schedule a plane ride to get some photos of our own — above, you can see a shot of our work as part of this year’s Windsor Biennial at the Art Gallery of Windsor.

Speaking of the Biennial, there’s an opening this Friday, and it promises to be a huge party with all of Windsor and Detroit’s finest. It starts at 7pm with a curator’s talk with food, drinks, and music running until 10pm.

If you’re looking for something to do ahead of the Biennial opening, you might consider checking out Interminus‘ first guest speaker as part of this year’s lecture series. Dr. Will Straw will be giving a talk on Culture and the Urban Night at Rino’s Kitchen starting at 4:30pm.

And, finally, next week, if you’re in Windsor (or just heading here to attend Homework), we can recommend you check out some FREE Grant Information Sessions on Thursday, October 20th from 6:30pm-9pm at the Art Gallery of Windsor hosted by the Ontario Arts Council‘s own (and our very favourite grant officers), Lisa Wöhrle, Associate Visual Art and Crafts Officer; Loree Lawrence, Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Officer; and Mark Haslam, Media Arts Officer. If you want to attend, RSVP to Martina Roncarelli, Program Assistant, mroncarelli@arts.on.ca, 416-969-7417 or toll-free in Ontario, 1-800-387‑0058, ext. 7417.

Hope to see you around!

Defiance: Disobedient Design Panel Discussion

Next week, I’ll be heading over to Detroit to join a panel discussion hosted by rogueHAA entitled, Defiance: Obedient Design. They’ve been doing a lot of great programming over the last year or so, and here’s some more information:

As part of the Detroit Design Festival presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, rogueHAA is pleased to announce the third event in its 2011/2012 series: PROVOCATIONS: Challenging Detroit’s Design Discourse. This bi-monthly lecture series began in June and will continue through the end of 2012.  Each panel discussion will invite local, regional, and national figures to discuss what makes Detroit provocative.  Set in a variety of under-utilized, contested, and historically charged spaces throughout our city, each event seeks to challenge the participants through candid discourse and direct engagement of the built environment.  It is the aim of each panel discussion to explore new urban strategies that promote social equity and advocacy.  We believe good design (and good design discourse) is a proactive and critical act, toeing the line between conflict and resolution.  While each event exists for only a moment, the entire series will provide a lasting catalogue of constructive dialogue, informing Detroit’s shared creative consciousness.

Event 03 DEFIANCE : Disobedient Design.

I’m quite excited to participate, if you’re in the neighbourhood, check it out on Tuesday, September 27th from 6-9pm, 2690 Wight Street.

Panel Discussion: Intervention: Contemporary Artists in the Urban Space

If you’re in Kitchener on Saturday (or just needed an excuse to check out CAFKA.11), you should consider attending this panel discussion.

Alongside Pedro Reyes and Lucy Howe, I’ll be discussing the installation at CAFKA and BCL’s practice in general in the context of urban interventions.

The details: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 10:30am-12:30pm @ The Museum (10 King Street West, Kitchener)

Creative Cities Summit: Using Art to Change Cities in Lexington, Kentucky

In just a couple days, Danielle and I will be headed down to Lexington, Kentucky, where I’ll be presenting at this year’s Creative Cities Summit as part of the Using Art to Change Cities panel. The summit runs from April 7 – 9, 2010, I’ll be presenting on Friday, April 9th.

Here’s the panel description (good fit, no?):

Most cities support traditional notions of arts and culture, the symphony, opera, ballet and museums. Beyond those traditional bastions of culture there are artists and entrepreneurs that are actively using art to change their communities for the better. Public art is more than just the statue in front of the building and can be beautifully integrated into projects for startling results. Guerrilla art interventions, some legal, some illegal, can provoke dialog and action where before there was gridlock. And art can be used to change our very notions of fundamental things like healthcare and education to astounding results. This eclectic panel will attack this issue from their unique perspectives and is not the traditional arts and cultural conversation.

I’m so excited to get to be a part of this conversation and Danielle and I are both anxious to hear more about other cities and how they’re responding (or not) to the idea of becoming a creative city. Complex and holistic problem-solving seems to be at the foundation of what this conference wants to address — we’re hoping to learn a lot.

Did you make it to Detroit’s edition back in 2008?