Urban lab # 3 The Postindustrial landscape Lost + Found: Archiving Urban Change

Co-curators/ Comissaires: Shauna Janssen, Ph.D, Marie-France Daigneault-Bouchard, and Dr Thomas Strickland
The postindustrial landscape was the subject of Points of view’s third in situ urban laboratory. During our Public Space workshop in July we focused on themes of accessibility, spatial justice, and inclusive design practices. Our postindustrial landscape workshop was an archeological exploration of the processes of rapid urban change. Members of the Points of view curatorial team guided participants in skill sharing activities of discovering, collecting, and archiving the ephemerality, and materiality of this change as it happened in the streets, parks, shops, and places of residence surrounding the Wellington tower. Participant’s discoveries were documented and curated as part of the Points of view exhibition at the Darling Foundry in September. – SJ
Mattias taking a peek into the Wellington tunnel. Photo: Shauna Janssen © 2014.
Matthias taking a peek into the Wellington tunnel. Photo: Shauna Janssen © 2014.

 “Danger” tape, bricks, broken tiles, water samples from a dumpster, a feather, sunglasses, a rusty street sign, broken glass, fabric samples, playing cards, and more. These were just a few of the objects and artefacts collected from Griffintown’s postindustrial landscape as part of our third Points de vue urban lab: “The Postindustrial landscape lost and found: Archiving Urban Change.” Thank-you to Caroline Andrieux at the Darling Foundry for including us in the Place Publique summer series. Thank-you to members of the Points de vue team: Alyse, Cynthia, and Micheline for documentation, and Chantale and Noèmie for your participation and taking care of our water station. Special thanks to our participants: Eman, Théo, Renata, Stephen, Matthias, Anja, Catherine, Laurie, Laura, and Isabelle. You brought this workshop to life with your curiosity, playfulness, and thoughtful reflections on the processes of urban change.

Archiving urban change. Photo: Micheline Chevrier © 2014.
Archiving urban change. Photo: Micheline Chevrier © 2014.
Isabel, Tom and Cynthia archiving urban change. Photo: Renata Ribiero © 2014.
Isabelle, Tom and Cynthia archiving urban change. Photo: Renata Ribiero © 2014.

 

Our goals in this workshop were to engage our participants in an embodied experience with the material culture and processes of urban change that surrounds the Wellington tower. Tom, Marie-France, and I each designed a particular walking route from the Darling Foundry to the Wellington tower. Our participants were divided into three groups and tasked with collecting objects and detritus while moving through the postindustrial landscape.
Marie-France collecting. Photo: Alyse Tunnell © 2014.
Marie-France collecting. Photo: Alyse Tunnell © 2014.
Mattias taking a water sample from dumpster. Photo: Micheline Chevrier © 2014.
Matthias taking a water sample from dumpster. Photo: Micheline Chevrier © 2014.
Théo looking for treasures. Photo: Noèmie Desplan-Lichtert. © 2014.
Théo looking for treasures. Photo: Noémie Despland-Lichtert. © 2014.
We provided each group with a kit of forensic tools consisting of gloves, ziplock bags, a disposable camera, a measuring tape, and jars for liquid samples. Participants were also asked to map the location of found objects, and record details about their objects such as, scale, colour, weight,  and odour.
Photo: Renata Ribiero © 2014.
Collecting urban change. Photo: Renata Ribiero © 2014.
Mattias and Noèmie measuring "new city grass." Photo: Shauna Janssen © 2014.
Matthias and Noémie measuring “new city grass.” Photo: Shauna Janssen © 2014.
Noèmie and Stephen recording details about their object. Photo: Shauna Janssen © 2014.
Noémie and Stephen recording details about their object. Photo: Shauna Janssen © 2014.
Isabel and Tom recording details. Photo: Renata Ribiero © 2014.
Isabelle and Tom recording details. Photo: Renata Ribiero © 2014.
The duration of each walk was about 90 minutes. All three groups reconvened at the green space next to the Wellington tower. Participants placed their bagged objects on a white tarp. We engaged the participants in a final activity and asked them to individually respond to an object. Participants were given three questions to reflect upon and asked to describe in what way an object was a relic of the past, an object belonging to the present material culture of the landscape, or an object representing the future to come. These reflections and the artefacts collected by the participants will be on display in the Points de vue exhibition, September 24th-28th, at the Darling Foundry. -SJ
Treasures from Griffintown's postindustrial landscape, collected and laid out next to the Wellington tower. Photo: Shauna Janssen © 2014
Treasures from Griffintown’s postindustrial landscape, collected and laid out next to the Wellington tower. Photo: Shauna Janssen © 2014

 

Defunct train bridge, Griffintown, Montreal. Photo: Shauna Janssen @ 2013
Defunct train bridge, Griffintown, Montreal. Photo: Shauna Janssen @ 2013
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Perdu + Trouvé : Archivage du changement urbain
Points de vue – Laboratoire urbain #3
23 août 2014, de 13 à 17 heures à la Fonderie Darling, 745 Ottawa, Montréal
Pour participer, veuillez vous inscrire en nous écrivant à l’adresse suivante :
pointsdevuemtl@gmail.com
Commissaires : Shauna Janssen, Ph.D, Marie-France Daigneault-Bouchard, et Dr Thomas Strickland
Le sujet du paysage postindustriel est au cœur du troisième laboratoire urbain organisé par Points de vue. Dans notre atelier intitulé « Espace public », présenté en juillet dernier, nous nous sommes concentrés sur les thèmes de l’accessibilité, de la justice spatiale et des pratiques de design inclusif dans l’espace public. Notre troisième atelier aborde le paysage postindustriel et se présente comme une exploration archéologique des processus rapides du changement de l’espace urbain. Les membres de l’équipe de Points de vue et commissaires de l’événement amèneront les participants à échanger des idées et leurs aptitudes sur les questions amenées par l’ère postindustrielle montréalaise. Les participants seront guidés à travers des activités d’exploration, de collecte et d’archivage d’éléments, éphémères ou matériels, qui témoignent du processus de désindustrialisation du sud-ouest de l’île de Montréal. L’exploration se fera plus particulièrement dans les rues, parcs, commerces et lieux de résidence autour de la Tour Wellington. Les découvertes des participants seront documentées et présentées dans l’exposition de Points de vue à la Fonderie Darling en septembre. – SJ

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