====\\DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture, is a registered nonprofit, independent arts producer, and alternative platform for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, geographical, and ideological boundaries. Established in 2016, we bring urban and rural landscapes to life through contemporary art by moving beyond the walls of a traditional gallery space to offer a new experience to both citizens as participants and artists as contributors. ====\\DeRAIL commissions and produces place-specific art projects to foster new conversations about public space design.
Our 2020/21 program safely draws visitors into a placemaking experiment to inspire new ways of understanding the Millennium Trail of Prince Edward County, Ontario. Our program invites audiences to pause, to listen, to observe, and to consider how we might think differently about this unique public landscape. Where time is something to be considered rather than counted, ====\\DeRAIL invites you to add your own layers of meaning to this heritage linear landscape beyond its functional role as a mobility corridor.
====\\DeRAIL is the vision of designer and public art curator Gelareh Saadatpajouh and landscape architect Victoria Taylor (VTLA). With years of combined experience as designers, artists, exhibition and public art curators, these two cultural producers push the definition of public art to produce unique and creative socially-engaged/place-specific programs. Together with their collaborators and supporters, our vision is to inspire and expand the public dialogue around contemporary art, placemaking, landscape, and the experience of the outdoor spaces that we share.
Victoria Taylor Co-founder, Director/Curator
Gelareh Saadatpajouh Co-founder, Director/Curator
Farsan Farahani Web developer, Technologist
Bailey Austin-Macmillan Design intern, Digital Storyteller (social media)
Natalie Stone Digital Storyteller (photos and videos)
Millennium Trail, Prince Edward County
Inspired by the dynamic, linear landscape of the PEC Millennium Trail, and in partnership with Tourism Industry Association Ontario and The County of Prince Edward (future partners to come), ====\\DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture presents WALKING WITH THUNDER by Conrad Beaubien, and JOIN OUR HERD! by The Department of Illumination.
The program takes place during the slower tourism months, October 2020 to May 2021, to safely draw people into a placemaking experiment in an open green space to inspire new ways of understanding this popular local trail. Conrad Beaubien’s meditative monthly walks with a donkey, and The Department of Illumination’s celebratory bike parade in spring, both invite audiences to pause, to listen, to observe, and to consider how we might think differently about this unique, shared public landscape beyond its usual function as a movement corridor. Where time is something to be considered rather than counted, ====\\DeRAIL invites people to add their own layers of meaning to a linear landscape beyond its functional role as a mobility corridor.
West Toronto Railpath
====\\DeRAIL is currently focused on animating the dynamic linear landscape of the 2.4km West Toronto Railpath, located in the west end of downtown Toronto. The WTR is the result of the visionary efforts of the Friends of West Toronto Railpath and the office of Councillor Ana Bailao (Ward 18).
Since opening in 2009, the WTR has been widely successful as a community mobility corridor – “a place to move through“– but less successful as a public space to enjoy - ”a place to be“.