ABOUT

====\\DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture, a registered non profit and independent arts producer, is an alternative platform for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, geographical, and ideological boundaries.

====\\DeRAIL commissions and produces place-specific art projects to foster new conversations about public space design and contemporary city building. We bring an urban landscape 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.

TEAM

====\\DeRAIL is the vision of designer and public art curator Gelareh Saadapajouh and landscape architect Victoria Taylor. With years of combined experience as designers, artists, exhibition and public art curators, these emerging cultural producers push the definition of public art to produce unique and creative community-based/place-specific programs to explore the shared landscapes of our city.


Gelareh Saadatpajouh Co-founder, Director/Curator
Victoria Taylor Co-founder, Director/Curator
Farsan Farahani Web developer, Technologist
Martin Reis Photojournalist
Evan Pavka Digital storyteller
Rebecca Carbin Writer/editor
Michela Sutter Design intern

SITE

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“.

PROJECTS

2017

PAUSE PLATFORMS and "WE PAUSE AT TWILIGHT" for Nuit Blanche

The theme of PAUSE inspires ====\\DeRAIL's 2017 curatorial program, which launches for Nuit Blanche to draw people into an experiment that inspires new ways of understanding a familiar place beyond its usual functionality. As a critique on the singular A to B movement of the active mobility corridor, ====\\DeRAIL's program invites audiences to consider how we might think differently about our city and our shared public landscapes: to pause, to listen, to observe and to imagine new creative possibilities for the various nodes and niches along the West Toronto Railpath. Where time is something to be considered rather than counted, ====\\DeRAIL invites the public to add their own layers of meaning to a linear landscape beyond its functional role as a mobility corridor.

PRESS RELEASE

Performance times:

5:30pm Sat 30 Sept at Dusk
Meet at Pause Platforms on the West Toronto Railpath behind 128 Sterling Rd.

Performance continues north on railpath for approx 1 hour.

6:45am Sun 1 Oct at Dawn
Meet on top of the Wallace Bridge on the West Toronto Railpath at Wallace Ave.

Performance continues south on railpath for approx 1 hour.
Wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing and footwear. Bring your cell phones with data and headphones.
All performances are free and open to the public

PAUSE PLATFORMS are a series of three, 8FT diameter wood and raw steel platforms inspired by the concept proposed by Parkdale resident and designer Andrew Jones (add lnk) and fabricated by Marek Kubat in Fall 2017. Pause Platforms are an artistic response to the recently decommissioned groundwater pumping wells, installed by RioTinto in 2006 as a part of the 158 Sterling Road Groundwater Pump and Treat Groundwater Remediation. Pause Platforms are located along the West Toronto Railpath, just north of the Dundas/Sterling entry node in the Junction Triangle neighbourhood (Ward 18).


"WE PAUSE AT TWILIGHT" is a place-specific, ephemeral live dance performance intervention and participatory audio-choreography by artist Cara Spooner that explores the idea of pause and activates the Pause Platforms in the golden twilight hours of sunset and sunrise along the West Toronto Railpath.

A site- and time-specific ambient recording complements a choreographic score for participants to experience a series of connected vignettes of physical meditations, prompts for interacting with their surroundings and invitations to move their bodies and to understand themselves and their environment in a more nuanced and physical way. Each of the audio vignettes are tethered to a specific node on the railpath, inviting the audience to pause in those spaces; to see, hear, smell and engage their bodies in new ways related to the environment and their own physicality.


Coinciding with Cara Spooner's performance, MOCA and Drake Commissary in collaboration with Sedition present “On the horizon the shadow speaks another story”, a curated display of video artworks on the screen at 128 Sterling Road from dusk ’til dawn throughout Nuit Blanche.


Cara Spooner is an acclaimed Toronto-based choreographer working in dance, performance art and theatre. “We Pause at Twilight” builds on a 10 year practice of creating performances, maps and scores to be activated in public spaces by dancers and non-dancers. Her work has been presented at The National Arts Centre, PuSH, Canadian Stage, Magnetic North, World Stage, The Goethe Institut, The Performance Arcade and Stromereien11.

2016

MOBILE INK FACTORY

For its inaugural commission in Spring 2016, ====\\DeRAIL presented MOBILE INK FACTORY by artist Jason Logan/Toronto Ink Company. Educational, playful and participatory, the work drew attention to biodiversity and the inherent colours of the railpath. Visitors explored the rich palette of the West Toronto Railpath with Jason Logan/The Toronto Ink Company through a weekend-long ink making workshop. The MOBILE INK FACTORY demonstrated a sequential process of how to harvest colour from possibly anything, whether it’s manmade or natural. At the end, participants left with a bottle of railpath ink as a souvenir of place, time and experience.


====\\DeRAIL's 2016 curatorial program was generously funded by Doors Open Toronto 2016 presented by Great Gulf. Special thanks to Toronto Laser Services and Japanese Paper Company.

The Globe + Mail's architecture critic Alex Bozikovic listed ====\\DeRAIL among the top five places to visit for Doors Open 2016.


Jason Logan is an internationally recognized designer, creative director, author and artist. His work is often playfully interested in mapping the space between words pictures and the senses. He is the founder of the Toronto Ink company, an experiment in urban wilds, and citizen science through colour extraction. His work appears regularly in the New York Times and his fine art has been shown in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto and the Yukon. He has been recognized by the American Institute for Graphic Arts, The Society of Publication Designers and the Canada Council for the Arts.

SUPPORTERS

Join us on this journey to explore and expand the idea of public urban landscapes, public art, urbanism and placemaking in the outdoor spaces that we all share. For partnership opportunities, and/or to discuss a project idea, please contact: we (at) derail (dot) com


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