Diane Borsato, "Mushroom Foray," 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

The Co-Relations program explored critical issues—livability, access, interconnectivity—that intersected with and extended ideas addressed in The Shoreline Dilemma.

Co-Relations demonstrated a deep commitment to placemaking in a series of performances, conversations, and gatherings. All participants were invited into shifting and expanding dialogues that revealed the often invisible, intangible, or overlooked connections to each other and the environment: mycelial fungi workshops investigated networked growth beneath our feet; apple tastings and orchard plantings reclaimed and revived rare historic apple varietals; and responses to a dispatch from a dystopian future initiated action in the present day. These unseen or unnoticed connections provided insights into how to better sustain symbiotic relationships over time.

Co-Relations built on methodologies of care, empathy, and understanding in an attempt to repair what has been lost or forgotten. Drawing from relational practices and social processes, these events responded to emerging conversations during the inaugural 2019 Biennial and extended them to explore their complexities in locations and with communities across Toronto.

Co-Relations was made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

Co-Relations Programs

june 2024

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