Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC) operates under a self-imposed public mandate with the aim to create projects that are for a public good. Meaning we expose and experiment with the multiplicity of systems that govern society, creating results in a way where citizens and non-citizens alike can engage with, reflect on, or react to the information and experiences present in the project. Ultimately DoUC attempts to tell stories. From 2011 to 2012 DoUC were the Innovators in Residence at the Design Exchange, Canada’s national design museum, and in 2012 were a strategic partner of the Migrating Landscapes Organizers, curators of the Canadian pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. DoUC is Christopher Pandolfi and Simon Rabyniuk.
Christopher Pandolfi is a Toronto-based artist, cartographer, urban designer and visual journalist and co-founder of Department of Unusual Certainties. The core of Christopher’s practice deals with uncovering, exploring and then experimenting with the occurrences of everyday existence, which usually lead to the creation of new systems and new futures. Many of these experiments have been published and exhibited in a wide variety of local, national, and international venues. Christopher also teaches on the visualization of information, both its techniques and application in society, as well as exhibition and systems design.
Simon Rabinyuk is a Toronto-based visual artist working in sculpture, video, and performance. He has presented work across Canada including as a part of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance, the Harbourfront Centre’s Hatch Emerging Performance Series, at Ryerson University’s Modernity Unbound Symposium, and as a part of Broken City Lab’s Storefront Residency for Social Innovation.