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UrbanFlux

02 June 2018



June 2 - 10:00AM - 4:30PM

UrbanFlux (By Kohn Partnership Architects) Is An Interactive 3-Panel Installation Highlighting The Sensorial Aspects Of Movement And Change Within The City Of Toronto.

In The Early 20th Century, This Neighbourhood Was Crucial To The City’s Garment Industry Or “Rag Trade”. As Such, This Section Of Spadina Avenue Between Queen Street And King Street Is Known As The Garment District Or The Fashion District. Highlighting The Sensory Aspects Of Fashion, Each Installation Uses Tactile And Aesthetic Elements To Celebrate The Rich History Of This Neighbourhood, While Utilizing Interaction As A Means To Emphasize The Inherent Flux That Lies Within The Urban Fabric. Panel One, Explores How The Garment District’s Past Are Riddled Throughout The Area As It Becomes Re-Purposed. Become Part Of This Change By Creating Your Own Artistic Silhouettes By Adding And/Or Removing Stickers From The Panels. As You Remove The Stickers And Create Your Own Space, Remnants Of The Stickers Trace The Past. Panel Two, Asks The Question Of "What Do You Love About Our City? What Would You Like To See Improved?" As The City Changes, So Do Our Perceptions Of It. This Installation Is A Large-Scale Visual Data Map, Which Will Be Generated By Your Input. Rank The Following Categories Representing Different Aspects Of The City By Connecting It To A Corresponding Scale With A Piece Of String. Through This Visual Language, You Will Be Able To Share Your Thoughts And Feelings About The City, Celebrating The Good While Simultaneously Revealing The Areas Needed For Change. Finally, Panel Three Plays With The Visual Sensorial Qualities Of Textiles (Such As Pattern, Colour And Rhythm) And Uses Them As The Driving Forces In This Interactive Installation. Colour Is Often Used As A Tool To Help Navigate The City (I.E Transportation Lines, Districts, Political Parties). This Panel Plays With The Idea Of Forming A Connection Using Colours. It Translates The Game “Free Flow” Into A Live Version Consisting Of Coloured Recycled Water Bottles, Where The Players Race To Form Visual Connections.

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