Here’s a first run at a poster I made trying to simplify Germany in order to memorize the provinces and the capital cities. I learned a while ago that maps are more understandable when corners and lines (or complex shapes) are minimized, so I used only 90 and 45 degree angles and simplified shapes and fonts. The map is part of a 1-poster-a-day project I’m trying to do over the next 100 days.
On October 13, 2015, I gave a presentation to the Smell Lab, a community organization organized out of the Spektrum art space in my neighbourhood of Neukölln. It was a great opportunity to dust of some of my chemistry notes from some of my past projects in flavours and fragrance sciences and it fostered a really great discussion around the science of smell and air.
If you’re interested in seeing the presentation, the slides are available here:
The Science of Smell (3MB PDF)
As an important side-note, if you do have any questions about smell, feel free to leave a comment or send a message. The Smell Lab will be organizing more events as well as monthly meetings and a reading group. Check us out here: Smell Lab
(Photos courtesy of Chaveli Sifre and the Smell Lab)
If you are in Toronto and would like to see a small showcase of my Berlin work, head over to the Goethe Institute during their library hours. Starting on Thursday, January 15th, a number of my Berlin works for Texture/Tone will be set up. More details: http://www.goethe.de/ins/ca/tor/ver/en13748856v.htm
As well, if you’re around on Friday February 27th at 5:30pm, I’ll be giving a talk about Berlin’s streetscape and demonstrating TeTo, the texture-to-sound translator I built while in Berlin. More details: http://www.goethe.de/ins/ca/tor/ver/en13749462v.htm
As part of a time capsule produced by Labspace Studio, Scott Kobewka and I produced a set of ten vials of powder, consisting of material encountered on an experiential walk through North York. Starting at Gibson House, an old preserved farmhouse, we moved through cemeteries, parks, bus interiors, and quiet residential streets.
Most evident to us was the contrast of the materials of the past (Gibson House) and the present (our walk). We sought then to produce a material journal of our day. The material we encountered was pulverized and contained, each vial a small passage in our recording.
The powders sit inside a small wooden box and will be stored in a time capsule in Toronto for 50 years. Ten vials were produced, containing pulverized or ground wood, grass, soil, granite, asphalt, glass steel, plastic, brick, and rubber. A few pictures of the materials and their powders are below. Photos by Scott Kobewka.
In collaboration with the Madeline Collective, I produced a proposal for altering part of Toronto’s public space. The proposal, entitled Upstream/Downstream, focuses on the pedestrian tunnel between Front Street and the Lakeshore. The site was chosen as it is a major throughway for pedestrians exiting Union Station and headed to the Air Canada Centre, the Toronto Islands and the businesses along Queens Quay.
In the site, we proposed to project underwater imagery, making use of the natural sound of rushing from cars as a cognate of rushing water. With this we hoped to transform this space which was deemed ugly, unpleasant and unnerving into something remarkable, curious and interesting as well as building a visual connection between the tunnel pedestrians’ major destination – Lake Ontario.
The proposal was part of the NXTCITY Competition, held in Toronto in July 2014.
Download the Upstream Downstream Brief (PDF, 11,6 MB)
As part of my residency in Berlin, I produced “TeTo”, short for Texture-Tone. TeTo is an object that I used to convert the texture of the ground into sounds and noises, through the act of dragging. Composed of a speaker system embedded within a suitcase, the device measures the bumps of the ground as the suitcase rolls and interprets these measurements into sounds.
TeTo as produced at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin as part of an artist-in-residence program from March-July 2014, and was presented at the Affective Cities conference in August 2014. Special thanks to Jörg Weiß for the raw video and photos, and Scott Kobewka for the final video.
Texture/Tone from 17° on Vimeo.
Photos from a Performance at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
As the culmination of my explorations throughout the Berlin neighbourhood of Moabit, I created a collage map of the textures of the sidewalks that presented themselves. The map, as with all maps, is an abstraction of the sidewalk meant to convey the diversity of forms, materials and arrangements present, while also calling attention to patterns of texture at the city scale.
The map is an experiment in representation. Maps are typically based on the street abstracted to a solid line. The sidewalk, and the experience of walking, is something that is often not linear nor homogeneous, but instead meandering and flowing on a changing surface. The map takes the form of a surface over which one can visually move across textures continuously, with reference to important lines of orientation.