“What if artists were to create new forms of urban planning to address broader issues where traditional forms of political engagement, city planning, and policy development have fallen short?” Janine Marchessault

Land | Slide: Possible Futures
A Public Art Intervention

Edited by Janine Marchessault, Jennifer Foster, Chloë Brushwood Rose and Aleksandra Kaminska

248 pp 155 col. ill 10.5 x 8 in flexicover
$45.00 Can.
May 2015

landslide.jpgspacerThis richly illustrated collection of critical theory and artists’ projects documents a monumental public exhibition that explores the changing nature of cities and suburbs. Focusing on Markham, Ontario, one of the oldest, most culturally diverse and fastest growing suburbs in North America, 30 artists from Canada and around the world explore themes of multiculturalism, sustainability, and community with site-specific projects created on the grounds of the historic 25-acre open-air Markham Museum. The museum’s 80,000 historical artifacts, including 30 pioneer buildings, make it a fascinating backdrop for artists to explore some of today’s most pressing issues: how to balance ecology and economy, farming and development, and history and diversity. Working with everything from digitized diaries, 3D projections and augmented reality, the artists propose new histories and new futures for the use of land. Featuring dozens of colour plates, the book brings together artists, urban planners, ecologists, educators, and civic leaders in a unique community engagement initiative that examines the past and imagines the future.

Iain Baxter&, Andrew Bieler, Adrian Blackwell, Blue Republic, Angel Chen, Aron Louis Cohen, Dave Colangelo and Patricio Davila, Christine Davis, Department of Unusual Certainties, Duke and Battersby, Caitlin Fisher, Richard Fung, Ken Gregory, David Han, Frank Havermans, Philip Hoffman, Mark-David Hosale, Terrance Houle, Maria Hupfield, Ali Kazimi, David Kidman, Dierdre Logue, Glynis Logue, Marman and Borins, Allyson Mitchell, MMM, Julie Nagam, Skyhill Collective, David Harris Smith, Laura Saint-Pierre, Jennie Suddick, Xu Tan, Jeff Thomas, Tongue & Groove, Camille Turner.

Janine Marchessault is an internationally recognized public art curator, professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University (Toronto). She works with artists, designers, municipal governments, and community stakeholders to investigate new models of public art and the roles artists play in shaping the urban experience. Jennifer Foster is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Her research explores the ecology, aesthetics, and politics of post-industrial urban spaces. Chloë Brushwood Rose is Associate Professor at York University. Her research explores the significance of contemporary art and visual culture for teaching and learning, with an attention to dynamics of social difference and self-representation. Aleksandra Kaminska is a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University and a Research Associate at Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University.


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