The Bad Feng Shui Project is a self-guided walking tour of all the houses with bad feng shui in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood in Toronto. It relies on the map as a guide for a durational experience of the city, drawing attention to specific houses within the context of the heterogeneous urban fabric that connects them. Participants are invited to use the map to navigate the three-dimensional space of the city, and by walking they are able to investigate and activate the urban landscape in its existing form.
The impetus behind The Bad Feng Shui Project is rooted in my own psychogeographic experiences and walking as a method for investigating the urban landscape. On one level, this project aims to incrementally alter or recalibrate our perceptions and interactions with the city. On another, it seeks to reformulate the exhibition as something that is transitory and contingent on those who participate in or perform the walk.
The Bad Feng Shui Project was presented in ‘Ordinary Practitioners of the City’ at the Performing Publics: Performance Studies International Conference 2010.
The Bad Feng Shui Project 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.