Spatial Geometries: Mirror Line uses simple geometry paired with the common daily practice having coffee as a framework for a directed walk through the city. While The Bad Feng Shui Project uses a superstitious lens to view the city and constructs a tour by visiting these sites, Spatial Geometries focuses on setting up a specific relationship between two points. Both curated tours make something from nothing in the sense that the map, as a suggested guide or starting point, is the only material object that is tangible and ‘something’ intangible is created by moving and thinking about the city in an extraordinary way.
Armed with an itinerary and instruction, participants on this self-guided tour set out for three destinations: (A) Dark Horse Espresso Bar at 682 Queen Street East, (AB) the centre point between A and B at approximately 160 Jarvis Street, and (B) Dark Horse Espresso Bar at 215 Spadina Avenue. The selection of these points: A, AB and B, form something from nothing. By ‘something’ I refer to specific geometric operations, and by ‘nothing’ I mean the immateriality of the connection between A and B where nothing is physically altered or inserted into the city in order to manifest this relationship.
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Spatial Geometries: Mirror Line was published in the Free Paper, JP King editor, 2011, and distributed in Toronto.
Spatial Geometries: Mirror Line was also presented at
RETHINKING SPACE: Explorations in the invisible city
A project by Deborah Wang
Saturday April 24, 2010 at 2pm (rain or shine)
XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Using the concepts of the map and the tour as a form of curatorial practice that engages the city as both the gallery and the artwork, RETHINKING SPACE: Explorations in the invisible city locates itself in the sites of the everyday, and aims to translate spatial notation (the map) into a physical experience of the city (the tour). Expanding on the Situationist term dérive, these curated walks ask the individual to explore the urban landscape using the map as a guide for their tour, and to activate spaces by walking them.
This project is comprised of two self-guided tours: The Bad Feng Shui Project: A to Z and Spatial Geometries: Mirror Line, and Stop-Motion Migration, a one-day installation that maps movement through time and the city. The event starts at 2pm, and will be followed by a reception at the gallery from 5 to 7pm.
Participants come to XPACE between 2 to 5pm to pick up maps that direct their self-guided walking tours and ask them to do something with the city. This event is free and open to the public. 250 copies of each map will be available and distributed to everyone in attendance.
RETHINKING SPACE: Explorations in the invisible city would like to acknowledge the support of the OCAD Student Union.