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Opt0ut Man at CIVIC Space // Windsor

November 12, 2013 by


OptOut Man November 8 to 30, 2013 CIVIC SPACE // 411 Pelissier Ave, Windsor, ON Drop by Nov 23rd, between noon to 5pm, to talk taxes Opt0ut Man is everyone – the belief that we give, but do not receive. Our society has been built on the ideal that we are all in this together. […]

Buying and Selling

September 11, 2013 by


Buying and Selling Created in collaboration with Sara French Part of the monumental public art exhibition Land|Slide: Possible Futures Co-presented by FADO Performance Art Centre September 21, 2013 to October 14, 2013               There is no choice, except when you have one.                […]

Public Places

May 16, 2013 by


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 […]

Timeline of Currency

July 18, 2012 by


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 […]

Life Cycle of the Programless Pavilion

July 3, 2012 by


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.

Migrating Landscapes’ Ontario Regional Exhibition

February 6, 2012 by


Migrating Landscape Organizers’ seventh and final regional exhibition is now open at Brookfield Place (181 Bay St) in Toronto. The exhibition includes the personal videos and architectural models of more than twenty-five teams of architects. Winning models from each of the 7 regional exhibitions will brought to Winnipeg for the National Exhibition which opens at the Winnipeg […]

Migrating Landscapes at #IDS12

January 28, 2012 by


Climate Migrant Pavilion @ IDS 2012 until January 29th Migrating Landscapes Organization has a booth designed and built by Department of Unusual Certainties as a part of IDS 2012′s Offsite Onsite exhibition at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Constructed using ABS piping and tarp, it is light, easy to erect, collapse, and move to its next […]

SAUGA 2030

September 27, 2011 by


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

September 22, 2011 by


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 […]

Mississauga: A Retrospective Science Fiction

July 15, 2011 by


“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 – […]

Making Headlines: 47 Years of Parkdale

June 21, 2011 by


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, […]

Windsor Redux – Tip Sheets and Speed Dates

July 20, 2010 by


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 […]

Speed Dating for Storeowners

July 8, 2010 by


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.

Storefront Success Stories in Windsor

June 21, 2010 by


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 […]

3 Parkettes: Personal Infrastructures

April 2, 2010 by


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 […]

Continuous (Table) Manifesto

February 5, 2010 by


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 […]

Taking Back the Air – ‘People in Trees’ is a political thing

January 31, 2010 by


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

December 29, 2009 by


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 […]

Strange(r) Encounters in Bat Yam

December 28, 2009 by


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 […]


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