The goal of A Walk Across Space and Time is to observe—and share observations—about plural understandings of the shoreline, Toronto, and the landscape embodied in the area around 259 Lake Shore Blvd E. The past remains present in the material landscape, but its absence from most people’s everyday consciousness is striking. Through walking and talking indoors and outdoors together with Anishinaabe Grandmother Kim Wheatley, James Roche, Susan Schwartzenberg, Sandy Smith, and Jane Wolff, we can observe (and document) what comes to the surface. As part of the walk, a temporary installation transforms part of the Programs Hub at 259 Lake Shore Blvd into a field station where visitors can trace their own relationships to the shoreline.
Meeting point: Biennial venue entrance at 259 Lake Shore Boulevard East.
Event note: Rain or shine, the walk will start promptly at 1.30pm at the Biennial venue 259 Lake Shore Boulevard East. Participants are invited to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.
Accessibility: This event involves active walking along varied terrain with a few stops to rest over the course of the program. We are committed to supporting the accessibility needs of all participants, and invite those willing to share their needs through the walk registration form or by email: PPL@torontobiennial.org.
Image Credit: Visitor drawings of the shorelines at San Francisco Bay and Lake Ontario, Art Toronto 2018. Photo: Amir Gavriely.
Jane Wolff (born in Boston, MA, USA; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) studies, draws, and writes about the complicated landscapes that emerge from interactions between natural processes and cultural interventions; her goal is to make these difficult (and often contested) places legible to the wide range of audiences with a stake in the future. She is an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.
Susan Schwartzenberg (born in Chicago, IL, USA; lives in San Francisco, CA, USA) is a visual artist, photographer, and curator whose work engages the public dialogue through themes of memory, history, and the psychology of place. She works in the public realm investigating the ways stories of people and place find form within the surrounding landscape and environmental conditions. She is the director of the Fisher Bay Observatory, Exploratorium, San Francisco and a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, US.