TEDxTO x STUDIO
Thursday, September 10th, 9:30pm-2:30am
461 King Street West (just West of Spadina)
STUDIO Gallery has been invited to curate an installation at Toronto’s first TEDxTO! (www.tedxto.com) Our selection is by Toronto artist Piotr Adas (www.adas.ca).
Fasade is a playful commentary on a current trend in architecture of constructing contemporary additions on historical and cultural public institutions. Often an expensive and elaborate process, the building of new structures on pre-existing structures is commonly known as parasitic architecture. Toronto examples of parasitic architecture include the Daniel Libeskind’s crystal on the ROM, Will Alsop’s addition to OCAD, and Frank Gehry’s redesign of the AGO.
Parasitic architecture often faces a challenge of creating a new harmonized structure. Fasade aims to illustrate this challenge by installing a “parasitic” wall of floral paintings at various locations and buildings throughout Toronto. In some instances, the installation complements the existing structure to form a symbiotic relationship, whereas in other times, the structures are in conflict. Each location and public interaction with the installation is then captured by film and photography and documented on a blog (http://www.adas.ca).
Fasade will also be on display during the month of September and during Nuit Blanche at 52 McCaul as part of the Manifesto Festival Of Music, Art & Culture.
If you were not selected to receive a ticket to TEDxTO (nothing personal, hundreds applied!), next best thing is the TEDxTO After Party at Brassaii (Facebook event link) presented by NotableTV. Extra bonus: Studio's Vaneska DJing.
More images (courtesy the artist / www.adas.ca):