Selections of my work with Broken City Lab, artist collective. Click side-to-side to view photos.

Broken City Lab is an artist-led interdisciplinary creative research collective and non-profit organization working to explore and unfold curiosities around locality, infrastructures, and creative practice leading towards civic change.

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Our projects, events, workshops, installations, and interventions offer an injection of disruptive creativity into a situation, surface, place, or community. These projects aim to connect various disciplines through research and social practice, generating works and interventionist tactics that adjust, critique, annotate, and re-imagine the cities that we encounter.
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REGRET & RESOLVE (2013)

Regret & Resolve asked the community to express their regrets and resolutions for the city as a way to open up a conversation about the things gone wrong and the ways in which we might commit to righting them. Pulling from a set of online submissions, we created a limited edition series of 50 shirts meant to capture a sense of tension or hope about the city and frame a series of positions that we might take at the beginning of a new year, while offering a way to publicly about what we’ll do next.

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Makings of Zine night, a workshop event that occurred bi-weekly during the 2 year duration of Civic Space, 411 Pelissier.

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One Woman Workshop: A ResidenZINE. 48 hours of constant DIY book-making, cutting and pasting and xeroxing!

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CIVIC SPACE (2012-2014)

CIVIC SPACE (Community Innovation through Vital Interactions & Collaboration)serves as a hub for a range of events, public activities, and research around locality, infrastructure, education, and creative practice as a driver for civic change. This storefront space hosts community projects, artist residencies, DIY workshops, public lectures and a range of other initiatives rooted in arts, community, collaboration, and problem solving. CIVIC SPACE closed in May 2014. 

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THE LETTER LIBRARY: A COLLECTION OF ALPHABETIC INTERVENTIONS (2012)

The Letter Library  is an open community project that invites anyone and everyone to come borrow from our letterset to caption the city around them. With Windsor at the edge of so many transitions, how might we collectively reclaim and create our own public narratives about the future of our city through this playful intervention? Anyone participating will be issued a Letter Library Card and will able to sign out 12″ 3D letters from our collection to create their own temporary installation, document it with one of our single-use cameras, and ultimately help to build an archive of new captions for the city’s build environment.

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MAKE THIS BETTER (2010) 

An ongoing series of temporary installations using retroreflective hand-made cardboard letters across the city of Windsor to generate some conversation and creative thinking around how we can indeed make this (place) better.

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SURVIVING NORTH BAY (2012)

As part of our research for an exhibition at White Water Gallery, we created a weeklong residency where we engaged in a series of exploratory public interventions, micro-gestures, and tactical DIY responses to North Bay.

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CITY COUNSELING SESSION #1 (2011)

In response to a series of failed community consultation sessions organized by the city to present information on an upcoming infrastructure project, we hosted an open discussion about the future of Windsor’s infrastructure and projected our hand-written notes onto City Hall in real-time.

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ALIVE & WELL (2011)

The city appears to have survived the lowest lows of the economic crisis and the social, cultural, and political realities in front of us seem to offer some sense of hope and possibility. Back in September, we painted a 350 foot message that reads, “AS OF 2011.09.21, WE ARE ALIVE & WELL”, which is now viewable from around the world on Google Maps. This project was made possible by the Art Gallery of Windsor, the City of Windsor, and MacDonald & White Paint.

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HOW TO FORGET THE BORDER COMPLETELY (2011)

The result of a six-month research project on the realities of living at the edge of a country, we published a 150-page book with a series of texts, proposals, and projects for forgetting about the border completely, available as hardcover or softcover. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council. To get your copy of How to Forget the Border Completely, please click here.

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WINDSOR IS FOREVER (2013)

With Portland-based artist-in-residence, Jason Sturgill, we reframed his previous project, Art is Forever, as Windsor is Forever — a community-driven art and tattoo project that gave Windsor residents an opportunity to make a permanent commitment to the city. Participants chose from a flash tattoo set created in collaboration with local artists and illustrators to receive as their free tattoos, which were offered free of charge by Dave Kant of Advanced Tattoo, and Jon Jimenez and Steve Jones of Flying Dagger Tattoo.

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