Raw and Regional: After Common Waters


Raw and Regional: After Common Waters

Tuesday October 8, 2019. 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Old Post Office

Common Waters was an unprecedented collaborative community project which took place between June and September 2019 in Cambridge Ontario. It examined our relationship with water and provided a platform for us to discuss some of the most pressing issues of our time. The project explored diverse artistic, scientific, cultural, and personal perspectives through a curated sequence of art installations, workshops, discussions, gatherings, and excursions. These activations provided a platform for considering our shared waters through the lenses of environment, identity, history, and sustainability.

Following three months of inspiring, provocative, and experimental gatherings, we are hosting a discussion to reflect on the project and to encourage the emergent thoughts and traces of this ambitious project to continue surfacing and rippling out into our community.

Join us for a discussion with Omar Ferwati, Nicholas Forrest Frayne, Tony Kogan, and Julia Nakanishi (BRIDGE Centre for Architecture and Design) about the development of this project, their collaboration with Cambridge Art Galleries, the community impacts, and lessons learned from Common Waters. The discussion will be moderated by social practice artist Lisa Hirmer.

Founded in 2012, BRIDGE Waterloo Architecture is an organization that engages students of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, the larger university body, and the community of Cambridge, through the promotion of architecture and design.

Lisa Hirmer is an interdisciplinary artist who works across visual media (particularly photography), social practice, performance, and sometimes writing. She is primarily concerned with collective relationships—that which exists between things, rather than simply in them—in communities, publics and other assemblies of people as well as in human relationships with the more-than-human world.

For more information, visit ideaexchange.org/art, call 519.621.0460, follow on Twitter or on Facebook.

Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange presents contemporary art, architecture and design from three galleries in the City of Cambridge: Design at Riverside, Preston, and Queen’s Square.

Cambridge Art Galleries acknowledges that the place on which we gather is the traditional land of Indigenous peoples dating back countless generations. We recognize that it is part of the Haldimand Tract, the traditional land of the Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.


Media Contact
Karly Boileau
Gallery Assistant
Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange
1 North Square, Cambridge, ON N1S 2K6
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