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(Un)settled
Guild Park and Gardens Scarborough
May 3-16 & June 5-16, 2017
Curated by Bojana Videkanic

www.unsettledproject.com

(Un)settled is a site-specific exhibition and residency that sets out to investigate and unsettle the history of the Guild Park and Gardens—formerly the Guild of all Arts—in Scarborough, which has grown from a collection of rural communities into a dense and culturally diverse urban sprawl on the eastern flank of Toronto. Working onsite as part of a series of mini-residencies taking place over several weeks, participating artists will explore the Guild’s eccentric utopianism, which stands as an emblem of Scarborough’s ambitions for the 20th century. Using a variety of media and strategies ranging from performance to video and sound, participants will set out to create a generative response between the modernist, urbanist and industrial ambitions represented by the former Guild of all Arts and their own aesthetic, political and social intentions. The artists’ presence and public interventions will also pointedly address a much deeper indigenous history that has been obfuscated from the site by a still-dominant colonial architecture and settler-ideology.

The project involves participating artists Lori Blondeau, Basil Alzeri, Terrance Houle, Matt Walker, Duorama (Ed Johnson & Paul Couillard), alongside Lisa Myers and her York University undergraduate class, and Bojana Videkanic’s University of Waterloo Landmarks2017 undergraduate class.

Artists and students will work on site at different times for the duration of the project. Visitors attending regularly scheduled weekly events will be invited to meet 15 minutes prior in front of the main entrance to Guild Park, located at 201 Guildwood Parkway, Scarborough. Once gathered, visitors will be lead by volunteers on a guided tour. Each weekly event will culminate in an artist talk and a walking tour of projects throughout the park.

(Un)settled will probe themes ranging from the indigenous history of Scarborough to the proliferation of modernism, from immigration to urban sprawl, and the underlying tensions between ecology and human intervention.


(Un)Settled Schedule of Artist Residencies May 3 - May 16

Wednesday May 3 - Saturday May 6
Lori Blondeau
Location: The Guild Park and Gardens daily from 11am-5pm

Monday May 8 - Thursday May 11
Basil Alzeri
Location: The Guild Park and Gardens daily from 11am-5pm

Tuesday May 9 - Saturday May 13
Terrance Houle (in collaboration with Matt Walker)
Location: The Guild Park and Gardens daily from 11am-5pm

Friday May 12 -Tuesday May 16
Duorama (Paul Couillard & Ed Johnson)
Location: The Guild Park and Gardens daily 11am-5pm
Duorama.

Monday June 5 - Saturday June 10
Lisa Myers with York University, Faculty of Environment graduate Class Cultural Production: Community/Public Engagement
Location: The Guild Park and Gardens daily 11am-5pm

Monday June 12 - Friday June 16
Bojana Videkanic with University of Waterloo Fine Arts class Landmarks2017: Unsettling Canada
Location: The Guild Park and Gardens daily 11am-5pm


Special Events:

Saturday May 6
Artist Talks and Walking Tour (Friends of the Guild):
Location: The Guild Park and Gardens starting at 3pm
Lori Blondeau
Duorama

Saturday May 13
Artist Talks and Walking Tour (Friends of the Guild):
Location: The Guild Park and Gardens starting at 3pm
Terrance Houle & Matt Walker
Basil Alzeri

Saturday June 10 starting at 5pm
A presentation of projects with Lisa Myers and York University class
And Bojana Videkanic with Landmarks2017 class
Walking Tour (Friends of the Guild) starting at 5pm


A free bus service will be provided from downtown Toronto (Dundas St. south in front of the AGO at the designated Motor Coach Loading Area) to the Guild Park and Gardens on Saturday May 6, May 13 and June 10. To reserve a spot on any of the buses, please e-mail bojana.videkanic@uwaterloo.ca. Please include your name, e-mail address and days you would like to reserve a spot. The spots on the bus are limited and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

This event was made possible with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Insight Development Grant, University of Waterloo Department of Fine Arts (www.uwaterloo.ca/fine-arts), and by a grant from our partner Landmarks2017 (https://landmarks2017.ca), as well as in collaboration with our community partner Friends of the Guild (https://guildpark.wildapricot.org/).

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