Join us for the final debate in the New Discourses series. On Wednesday February 20, starting at 7:30pm Chris Schafer and Alistair Newton (con block) will join Niomi Cherney and Norm Jezioranski (pro block) in unpacking the statement: “Be it resolved Canadians are committed to building a just society.” Here is one man’s vision: “It […]
NEW DISCOURSES FOR A TIRED CENTURY: A debate series 7:30 PM November 19th at the Gladstone Hotel. Over the next 5 months The Department of Unusual Certainties is hosting the debate series New Discourses for a Tired Century at the Gladstone Hotel. Over the course of this series 16 illuminated voices, coming from a range […]
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 […]
Another Way to Eat is one of ten proposals for the future of transportation presented at MOVE: Transportation Expo. MOVE is hosted by Evergreen at the Brickworks and was developed in collaboration with the Institute without Boundaries. Each of the proposals is rooted in ideas first articulated at a charrette in the winter; with those working groups, […]
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.
(photo credit: Aliya Tejani) DoUC has a new mailing address: Department of Unusual Certainties 1214 Queen Street West Suite 210 Toronto, ON M6J 1J6 We’ve moved into Suite 210 at the Gladstone Hotel for the next six months.During our time here we will be working with the Gladstone’s Director of Exhibitions, Noa Bronstein, to organize a series of […]
Art of the Danforth Innovators’ Fair: A series of programless pavilions part of Art of the Danforth festival May 20 to June 10 East Lynn Park (Woodbine & Danforth, Toronto) Join us Sunday May 20th at Dusk in East Lynn for the opening of the Innovators’ Fair.
For the Fall 2010 issue of Spacing Magazine, an issue devoted to the upcoming Toronto mayoral election, DoUC looked back in time by preparing a timeline of the past 63 mayors that have presided over Toronto the Good. The research revealed a few revelations: 1. Toronto has had a lot of mayors – mostly due […]
The Summer 2010 issue of Spacing is about spectacle, and to open the issue DoUC assembled a timeline documenting two-hundred years of spectacle in Toronto. We were thrilled to get almost two spreads of the magazine, for what turned out to be a rather hefty list of events. Here’s some text and some images, but […]
Our observations suggest strongly that open places intended as public squares should be very small. – Christopher Alexander The attraction of urban life is in being able to obtain a level of convenience and comfort similar to inside a room even while outside. – Atelier Bow-Wow The Virtue of Small Public Places In the classic […]
On Thursday May 20th, the Department held a release party at the Toronto Free Gallery for On Site Review – a notable Canadian magazine about art, architecture and urbanism. The Department is featured in latest issue with an investigation into small park spaces in Toronto. Several contributors to the issue showed up to give a […]
We are pleased to announce that On Site will be releasing its 23rd issue in May all around the theme of small things, and to celebrate we are hosting a party at the Toronto Free Gallery. Contributors will be giving small talks about their work. Subscriptions and back issues will be sold. Beer and wine […]
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 […]