Listen to Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset: With Sound
The City of Markham’s Public Art Program is pleased to present With Sound, the fourth installment of Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset, a five-part series of online activations programmed by Native Art Department International (NADI) for their temporary public art installation Double Gazebo. The series creates a conceptual bridge connecting two variants: Double Gazebo (Markham) located in the outdoor courtyard of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, on view now through November 28, 2021, and Double Gazebo (MOCA), which has just been installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto and will be on view through January 9, 2022. Double Gazebo (MOCA) is presented as part of MOCA’s inaugural triennial survey exhibition, the Greater Toronto Art 2021.
In With Sound, Mark V. Campbell/DJ Grumps created a seven-minute audio journey titled Relations, in which he puts to use a remix aesthetic to bring into conversation the dynamisms of three musical genres: soca, pow wow two step, and roots reggae. Moving between originals, remixes, samples, and original production, Grumps amplifies the relationality at the heart of Double Gazebo, signifying the power of sound to represent immaterial possibilities. This sonic exploration ruptures and relates categories, cultures, and differences as mediated through the technological possibilities of turntables and digital music making.
As DJ Grumps, Mark V. Campbell spent the last two decades as a DJ and the past ten years as a Curator. His mixes and remixes ooze afrosonic life.
To listen to With Sound, please click HERE.
Double Gazebo comprises two intersected structures modeled on a traditional gazebo. Using social spaces as a point of departure, Double Gazebo expands on the concept by constructing something that operates as both inside and outside, to foster an interaction between the concepts of space and occupation. A gazebo can be considered a rather conservative structure, but it is a familiar type, prevalent in the community in which one variant of the installation is installed. Double Gazebo intentionally disregards colonial definitions of what Indigenous art and design elements should look like. Instead, it calls into question the concept of “categorized aesthetic” in terms of both expression and self-representation.
Designed for and informed by Double Gazebo, the intention of Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset is multifold. Its online format addresses the related issues of social distancing and public art at this special time. Practically and metaphorically, the program builds a conceptual common ground that connects the installation’s two variants, hosted at two different locations: Double Gazebo (Markham) and Double Gazebo (MOCA). Conceived to activate the architectural potentials of the installation—an open-ended platform for observation, reflection, experimentation, and action—through the contributions by a network of local collaborators, the program highlights NADI’s mandate: to foster kinship, relationality, and non-competition.
To learn more about Double Gazebo (Markham) and the full program of Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset, please click HERE to visit the project website.
Native Art Department International (NADI) is a collaborative long-term project created and administered by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan. It focuses on communications platforms and art-world systems of support while at the same time functioning as emancipation from essentialism and identity-based artwork. It seeks to circumvent easy categorization by comprising a diverse range of undertakings such as curated exhibitions, video screenings, panel talks, collective art making, and an online presence; however, all activities contain an undercurrent of positive progress through cooperation and non-competition.
Double Gazebo (Markham) was conceived as part of Becoming Public Art: Working Models & Case Studies for Art in Public, a virtual public art summit that took place in the fall of 2020, co-curated by Markham’s Public Art Curator Yan Wu and Rebecca Carbin, Principle of ART+PUBLIC UnLtd. It is presented in partnership with the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.
The program of Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset is a co-production between Markham Public Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.
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Markham’s Public Art Program was first initiated in 2003 and formalized in 2012. The objectives of the program are to inspire people to live, work, visit, and invest in Markham; to celebrate the city’s diverse cultures and heritage from multiple points of view; and to connect residents to Markham’s built and natural environment.