The body and architecture
[A Public Workshop series led by invited collaborators. These workshops investigate contemporary health issues as they influence and manifest in the built environment.]
This workshop series was curated as part of the exhibition Imperfect Health for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
Mental Health in Montreal
with Caroline Knowles
18 February 2012
London-based sociologist, writer, and Professor Caroline Knowles has conducted extensive research on mental health in Montreal for her book Bedlam on the Streets. In this workshop participants join Caroline in taking a critical look at the structure of response to mental illness on the streets of Montreal and globally. Through discussion and critical thinking exercises the group will generate ideas for new city systems.
Mapping the Self
with Caroline Boileau
10 March 2012
Follow a guided experimental walk through the CCA and investigate the relationship of architecture and the body with Montreal artist Caroline Boileau. Boileau uses medical paraphernalia to investigate common Western medical practice and she travels with a collection of creatively altered medical tools. In this workshop participants will be vital actors in her performance considering how the architectures of our everyday life help or hinder our physical wellbeing.
Sound, body and architecture
with Scott Arford and Michael Gendreau
24 March 2012
Participate in a sound concert that resonates through your body and respond live on a post-it note installation. Following the concert, there will be an analysis of the experience and a discussion about ways the body interacts with the changing environment. Our special guests are the San Francisco-based architect and electronic artist Scott Arford of Infrasound and acoustician Michael Gendreau.
with Jean-Pierre Aubé
7 April 2012
Invisible electronic frequencies from cell phones, laptops, and neon signs circulate all around us. They move through our bodies and, just like land, they can be auctioned off and controlled by the government. Montreal sound artist Jean-Pierre Aubé measures the dominant electric frequencies in the CCA and conducts a conversation on technology and the architecture of the air that inhabits us.
with Sasha Van Bon Bon / Alexandra Tigchelaar
14 April 2012
Toronto-based and nationally syndicated sex columnist, Sasha studied creative writing and English literature at Concordia University, but was most inspired as a writer and performer by her many years working in Montreal and Toronto strip clubs. Join us as we tour Ste. Catherine Street and the surrounding area in a study of the ways in which sexuality influences the local landscape. In this walking tour of Montreal we will visit Chez Paree, Montreal’s oldest strip club and Stella, a social justice and community based organization for sex workers.
Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture examines the complexity of today’s interrelated and emerging health problems juxtaposed with a variety of proposed architectural and urban solutions.