Public Places March 7 – April 20, 2013 | Mississauga, ON Commissioned by the Art Gallery of Mississauga in partnership with the Mississauga Library System Part of the Roots and Branches exhibition Over the last six months Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC) has been travelling across Mississauga with a question asking device. We have been seeking insight […]
Department of Unusual Certainties presented Timeline of Currency for Doors Open Toronto 2012 in the One King West building. One King West is a condominium built upon a historic building that had previously been operating as a bank for 100+ years. Through the buildings transformation aspects of the banks infrastructure have been perserved – specifically its vault and […]
Art of the Danforth Innovators’ Fair: A series of Programless Pavilions opened May 20, 2012 as Department of Unusual Certainties’ contribution to Art of the Danforth. DoUC inserted three sculptural forms into East Lynn Park constituting the Innovators’ Fair. DoUC intends to publish a small pamphlet for the project later in the Fall.
SAUGA 2030 is an iPhone app and installation that looks at a future Mississauga and its public spaces in the year 2030. It debuted at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in the summer of 2011 as a part of the Meet Us On the Commons show. Through demographic and statistical projections, science fiction coppings, and […]
Spaces of Negotiation is a sculptural installation that teases apart the complexity of a current labour dispute in Hamilton, ON. One year ago DoUC started a research project about Hamilton focused by a broad question about the use of ‘creative economy’ rhetoric to negate the city’s strong industrial economy. Two months into that project US Steel locked […]
“Sauga 2030″ – DoUC’s foray into science fiction city narratives mediated through smart phone based applications – premieres next week at the Art Gallery of Mississauga as a part of the Meet Us On The Commons show, curated by Elizabeth Underhill. The main product being exhibited is an audio driving tour smart phone application – […]
DoUC are premiering their most recent work “Making Headlines” this week as a part of the Parkdale Film and Video Showcase. There will be an artist’s talk held at the Ground Level Cafe in Parkdale this Wednesday which will include DoUC employees Simon Rabyniuk and Brendan Cormier. Wednesday, June 22 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm Ground Level Cafe, […]
On July 11th, DoUC employee Christopher Pandolfi and DoUC affiliate Simon Rabyniuk wrapped up a month long residency for Broken City Lab‘s Storefront Residencies for Social Innovation program in downtown Windsor. With the aid of devoted Broken City members, they marched around Windsor mapping and documenting the state of retail in the city, conducting interviews […]
Tonight, July 8th at 7pm DoUC will be hosting Speed Dating for Storeowners in Windsor, Ontario. If you happen to be a storeowner in Windsor, or just want to witness the spectacle, come on down to 406 Pelissier. We’ve prepared some helpful instruction sheets for the event, which you can view here.
DoUC employee Christopher Pandolfi and DoUC honourable member and favoured collaborator Simon Rabyniuk are currently in Windsor, Ontario as residents of Broken City Lab’s Storefront Residencies for Social Innovation. DoUC is busy making contacts and mapping out the city for a project called Storefront Success Stories – a project which probes the daily challenges of […]
Simon Rabyniuk has teamed up with Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC) to make a short video for the Personal Infrastructures competition hosted by the Society for Moving Images about the Built Environment (SMIBE). In it we explore three different scales of a small park space and three levels of public interaction with the space through […]
The Continuous (Table) Monument is a never-ending table. It stretches from countryside to city to countryside without a beginning or an end. It weaves itself through the urban fabric of our cities, overcoming all obstacles it encounters. It climbs up buildings, breaks through walls, arches over roads, and squeezes through alleyways. Nothing can halt its […]
In a recent proposal to Alphabet City, the Department has turned their ‘People in Trees’ project political. In a city like Toronto, where high-rise condo development is rampant , the concept of property ownership is shifting. Where property ownership and home ownership used to be interchangeable, where owning a house meant owning land, most people […]
People in Trees is a recent Department of Unusual Certainties proposal put forward for Tiny Grants – an experimental micro-funding project for small public art interventions in Toronto. Grants are a maximum of 300$CDN, so project proposals need to be cheap in nature. “People in Trees” consists of some old chairs picked up at garage […]
2 Proposals for the Bat Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism ‘Strange(r) Encounters in Bat Yam’ is a pair of proposals for community infrastructural interventions that would take place during the Bat Yam Biennale of Urbanism, in Bat Yam, Israel. A common thread in both of the proposed projects is the attempt to stimulate engagement between […]