Who does the city belong to? Ownership of the commons is a recurring question that is constantly negotiated at the ground level by property owners, artists, city bureaucrats and maintenance crews. Now the artist-run centre Latitude 53 is weighing in on the debate, launching a call for submissions to dancers, visual artists, musicians, graffiti artists, filmmakers and anything in between for a public art event called In/stall/ed, happening on August 27 in the McCauley neighbourhood.
The event is based on PARK(ing) Day (rebargroup.org/projects/parkingday/), an open-source project from San Francisco-based firm ReBar. It has become an annual, worldwide event that invites city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good. In recent years, participants have built interventions ranging from free health clinics, urban farming and ecology demonstrations, political seminars, art installations, free bike repair shops and even a wedding ceremony! Although temporary, PARK(ing) Day has inspired direct participation in the civic processes that permanently alter the urban landscape. Latitude 53 hopes that In/stall/ed will not only highlight the versatility of public spaces, but also showcase a broad range of artists and encourage people to wander the McCauley community.
The aim of the project is to explore the public/private divide in our communities and ask the question: who owns these spaces and how can people manipulate these areas through their own creative skills?
They are looking for a total of 20 artists (singular artists and collectives are both welcome) to participate in the project, and each group or artist will receive a $100 honorarium for their participation. The deadline for In/stall/ed submissions is August 1. Please go to their site latitude53.org to apply. V
Chelsea Boos is a multidisciplinary visual artist and avid flâneur. Back words is a discussion of her explorations in Edmonton and a photographic diary of our local visual culture.