[A series of public workshops that investigates public practice and the ways in which citizens gather and interact with Montréal and with each other.]
This workshop was curated as part of the exhibition ABC : MTL for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
I for Interface
With Neil Clavin
1 December 2012 - Tour / 8 December 2012 - Workshop / Phase C - ABC: MTL - Exhibition
Bixi, the Opus card, environmental sensors at Concordia University, traffic lights, and QR codes. The public encounters digital interfaces every day as an integral part of how we function in the city. Post, Ticket and Infovert are three video sketches designed to exemplify how the urban interfaces of Montreal can improve the user experience with the city. These three video sketches are a direct result of a two-part workshop held at the CCA in December. Neil Clavin, a user experience strategist for the research, design and development of interfaces led a “walkshop” and co-design workshop with local architects, designers, university students and interested members of the public. The guided tour circled the CCA neighborhood and raised participant awareness of how urban interfaces such as cameras, displays and sensors collect, display and interact with information. A conversation followed identifying goals to improve and innovate urban interfaces in Montreal to be more inclusive for the physically impaired, encourage social interaction and provide meaningful engaging public information. The following week the participants gathered at the CCA for a co-design workshop to create prototypes exploring how design can achieve the goals identified in the discussion.
F for Foodscapes
With Rhona Richman Kenneally. Special guests from The Preservation Society, Pork Futures and the Bread Trade. 23 February 2013
You are invited to explore how the foods you prepare and consume in your home relate to Montreal, a city renowned for its engaging and complex food culture. Participants will think about their city’s relationship with food through conversation, sketching and food tasting and consider how the design of a kitchen affects and reflects what and how we eat. Special guests from The Preservation Society, Pork Futures and the Bread Trade will join the conversation.
This workshop is led by Rhona Richman Kenneally, a professor in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University, where she is a founding member of a multidisciplinary research team on food studies. Her research addresses food practices as interactions in the built environment, especially in the mid-twentieth-century home.
M for Manifestation
With École de la Montagne Rouge. 7 March 2013
École de la Montagne Rouge, a group of UQAM graphic design students, mobilized fellow students during the strikes of 2012 with workshops and presentations.
In a short time they developed the graphic identity of the student movement in Montréal. Join us for this conversation on the role of design in public protest as Montagne Rouge reflects on their practice with Tina Carlisi, an artist and researcher at Concordia University who is completing her thesis École libre: Visualizing a Social Pedagogic Movement. After the presentation, there will be a print-making demonstration and participants can try their hand at screen-printing with images designed by École de la Montagne Rouge. Please bring a t-shirt or bag for printing.
ABC:MTL is an urban abecedary and exhibition-based initiative that maps the contemporary Montréal cityscape through design, photography, installations, models, and public programs.