1mile2 Guelph launches

1mile² Guelph launches as Canada's first square mile

On Wednesday 30 March, 1mile² Guelph was officially launched at Guelph Youth Music Centre. The event featured a lecture by artist Mary Mattingly as part of the Big Ideas on Art and Culture series and a multimedia performance by Bob Wiseman.

This innovative eight-month project will involve local and international artists exploring how we live, work and act together. Working collaboratively with local ecologists, architects, activists, community leaders, students and residents, the project will run until November 2011. The artists will engage Guelph's many communities through installations, conversations, workshops and public interventions about the city, its urban development, cultural legacy and sustainable future.


Toronto artist Adrian Blackwell, in collaboration with a community building crew, will erect St.George's Dragon, an interactive architectural space that will present and explore new models for public space. New York artist Mary Mattingly will facilitate participatory workshops exploring alternative economies and mobile architectures. Parisian collective atelier d'architecture autogérée (aaa), will explore Guelph's in-between spaces and re-imagine uses for these leftover or forgotten public spaces. Guelph artist Dawn Matheson will undertake a collaborative video project with two residents living with mental health and addiction issues to produce documentaries exploring shared pathways to happiness and joy.

1mile² Guelph is delivered in partnership with Musagetes

Image: Inflatable Home © Mary Mattingly, 2008

1mile² Guelph final programme.pdf2.39 MB

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