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Thursday, June 12, 2008
TASK party venue change

Please note: TASK is moving from the Regent Park ice rink to the Regent Park baseball diamond (not moving very far, but an important distinction nonetheless).  The time remains the same: 3:00 - 7:00 PM, Saturday June 14.

The field is between Dundas St. East and Gerrard St. East (going East-West) and between Sackville St. and Sumach St. (going North-South).  The best place to start is at Regent Park Focus (600 Dundas St. East).  Go there and you'll see us on the field.

See you Saturday!
posted by Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity @ 6:04 AM   0 comments
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Exclusive Regent TASK trailer and Oliver Herring video stills
We are thrilled to have internationally-renowned sculptor, photographer, video and performance artist Oliver Herring as a part of StreetScape's transformation of Regent Park.  In the spirit of Living Space @ Regent Park's focus on artist/community collaboration, both aspects of Herring's participation in this project are the result of his newfound friendships with young members of the community.

Herring is a master at producing visceral and poetic video work that features improvised, on-the-street performances from non-actors.  His latest video, "Make Believe In Regent Park," features performances from local youth, and will have its premier from June 13-15 as part of Living Space @ Regent Park.  Below are some exclusive frames from the video:

Oliver Herring is also hosting a TASK party (the first Canadian TASK, in fact), to be held at the Regent Park Ice Rink on June 14, from 3:00 - 7:00 PM.  A beautiful hybrid of performance art and communal celebration, TASK creates moments of chaos and utopia as participants use props, creative supplies, cooperation and imagination to interpret and perform randomly-assigned, user-generated tasks.

The rules are deceptively simple...

1) Write down a task (anything your imagination permits), and place it in the central task pool
2) Take a different written task from the pool
3) Interpret and perform your task
4) Repeat

... but the results are nothing less than wild.  From building a lunar fort from aluminum foil to performing a marriage for two total strangers, only your imagination limits the possibilities of TASK.  The event is free and open to absolutely everyone, so please come join us at what will be the exclamation point on an incredible weekend of arts programming at Regent Park.  Check out this exclusive trailer for Regent TASK, the first of several:

For more information about Oliver Herring, click here to visit the site of PBS's prestigious Art:21 documentary series--they have featured Oliver's work and host a wealth of information about his various art practices.  Of particular interest are two interviews that explore the nature of his video and performance work:

For StreetScape hours and locations, visit our home at Luminato here, and be sure to check out the Regent TASK blog for up-to-the-minute information about TASK.
posted by Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity @ 11:11 AM   0 comments
Living Space @ Regent Park comes alive through workshops
Probably the coolest part (although there's considerable competition) about the Luminato StreetScape's Living Space @ Regent Park project is the fact that every single aspect of the exhibition is the result of collaboration between young members of the community, local and international artists, and dedicated outreach and education organizations like Pathways to Education and Regent Park Focus.  

For months leading up to the festival, weekly workshops and artist mentorships have allowed for reflection on the history of Regent Park and the assimilation of personal histories into that narrative, given local youth concrete instruction in methods of artistic production, and--most importantly--forged new friendships and strengthened existing ones in a truly communal creative effort.  Living Space @ Regent Park would not be a reality were it not for the enthusiasm of our young volunteers, the generosity of our contributing artists, and the organizational know-how of Pathways, Focus and Manifesto.  

Below are documents of this process.  Be sure to check out the fruits of our efforts from June 13-15, when Regent Park's transformation into a dynamic art environment is complete.  See Luminato's StreetScape page for more details, hours and locations.

Deyvi and Luipa work on plotting their stories on maps of Regent Park at the Art Gallery of Ontario:

Internationally-renowned, NYC-based photographer Jamel Shabazz photographs Izzy for the poster project:

Jamel Shabazz and Hightop Studio lead a photo workshop:

Syrus Ware of the A.G.O. Education Dept. leads a storytelling and art interpretation workshop:

The downpour on the photo day helped unite the group and give the expo its motif: the umbrella.

Izzy with his poster:

The photo posters are unfurled with great excitement at Regent Park Focus.

Dan Bergeron (see a post on his work below) help mount Izzy's poster:

Izzy with his mounted wheatpaste poster portrait:

Luipa with her poster:

Fathima and Dan Bergeron mount her poster:

Izzy works on transferring his image into paint during a mural workshop with Harbourfront Community Centre Mural Program....

... as does Diana.

Scott Harber tosses a fresh can of paint to Patrick Thompson of while working on their participative mural/installation at Regent Park:


posted by Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity @ 9:55 AM   0 comments
Friday, June 6, 2008
Jesse Bransford's 43.646944°, -79.378611° Opens at Brookfield Place

After months of planning, weeks of fabrication and painting off-site, and one all-night build-a-thon, Jesse Bransford's  spectacular installation has opened in Sam Pollack Square at Brookfield Place (map).

Very few works of art would benefit in juxtaposition with Santiago Calatrava's lofty architecture, but to his 
great credit Bransford's work looks like it was meant to be there. It will only be up through June 15, however, 
so don't miss your chance to see it--and in fact, interact with it--in person.

Drawing on the iconographic history of cartography and satellite imagery, among many other reference points,
Bransford's work functions as both a beautiful object and mysterious cipher--a high-concept approach to StreetScape's 
exploration of art that engages with the urban geography. The palpable sense of mystery surrounding
this installation is for good reason--there is much more to 43.646944°, -79.378611° than meets the eye. Suffice it to say
that viewers who pursue the meaning behind Bransford's symbols will no doubt find the experience--quite literally--
rewarding... but we have probably already revealed too much. Perhaps we should let the artist himself provide some

"Most architecture is taken for granted - we have been living in
modified spaces for so long that we rarely question the conventions of
the spaces we make for ourselves - we forget that these spaces are
built by people. Every time I make a new piece I have to remember this
again and again.

That said, I think there has been a radical shift in the last 20 years
in how we conceive space. Not that the spaces we move through have
changed so much, but that we have changed, our experience of space has
changed and the tools and interfaces have changed.

I am of course going to invoke virtual spaces and the ever growing
presence of these virtualized spaces in our consciousness. If you
haven't looked at your home address in google maps or an equivalent
service yet, I highly recommend it. Seeing your home or apartment
building zoom into focus from a larger perspective recalls the
prophesy of a global consciousness or awareness of the world as a
finite structure first spoken of in the 60's when we first saw the
Earth from space. These visualizations at our fingertips  are becoming
structures that we use to navigate in real space. Maps are literally
overlaid upon our real space and become an interface just as 'real' as
what we see with our own eyes. Indeed, I find myself relying more on
the maps of spaces I interact with than the signs and signals the
streets give me.

Something that comes into sharp focus when I think about these ideas
is what, after all the hi resolution images and maps, remains hidden.
You as a viewer, though implied in every event you attend, are the
intangible. I suppose that is why I have sought to link the mysteries
of the work I've made for the festival specifically to the viewer.
This piece is even less than half a work without you. If you're
standing in the piece, you are at the Global Positioning System
coordinates 43.646944°, -79.378611°. The 'art' of this piece is more
in what you do with what has been given, and how you react to what is
not given."

posted by Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity @ 4:19 PM   0 comments
Dan Bergeron goes big in Regent Park
Dan Bergeron of Fauxreel Studios has been a massive presence in the Toronto street art scene for a while, and he's lent his talents to StreetScape's Living Space @ Regent Park project to brilliant effect.  His giant wheatpased poster portraits of Regent Park residents are going up right and left, putting a human face on the architecture of Canada's oldest social housing project.  This is just a small taste of what's to come when Living Space @ Regent Park opens (June 13-15--mark your calendars!), but already the most prominent street art blog in the world, Wooster Collective, has taken notice.

Check out the first few....

Cody (the poster and the young man himself):



Inez, in progress (Dan is the man in green):

Beautiful as these photos are, they hardly do the work justice--you must go check these out for yourself.  For more information about hours, locations, and other StreetScape projects, head on over to StreetScape's main page.
posted by Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity @ 7:18 AM   0 comments

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