About this project
Sauga 2030 will be
featured as part of the exhibition Meet
Us On the Commons, at the Art Gallery of Mississauga July 2011 to September
Mississauga is an
expansive suburban city, reliant on the car, and with aspirations for grandeur.
It’s the product of the amalgamation of four villages 50 years ago. Its now
Canada’s 6th largest and 4th densest city. It has more in
common with the average Canadian city then Toronto, Vancouver, or Montreal.
Speculation on how Mississauga will evolve through time may reveal more about
the future of this country’s urban form then that of the previously mentioned
more populated centers.
Sauga 2030 is a audio
driving tour bringing its audience to witness Mississauga’s landscape as a
space changing through time. There are two pieces to this project. The first is
site-specific audio vignettes combining scripted narrative and descriptive
soundscapes. The second piece is a smart phone app integrating mapping, gps,
and audio software. The phone becomes a tool for navigation as well as the
medium through which to encounter the narrative.
Starting in the center of
the city at the Art Gallery of Mississauga individuals will set out in any
direction to explore. They will drive to marked sites navigating with the app.
Upon arriving at a site the audio track – pinned to specific GPS coordinates – plays.
The audience become a ‘fly on the wall’ listening in on future scenarios that ‘occupy’
the same physical space but in a different time. DoUC is well-versed in visually
representing and speculating on the future. We are choosing to explore this
aural strategy as method of more intense engagement with the audience. Like a
good radio-play the richest details in Sauga 2030 are constructed in the
Like the pantheon of
futurists before us we are not interested in inventing a new monster to
terrorize our future children but
in exploring everyday life in 2030. How will life style intersect with changing
physical realities. The ensuing adaptation will transform the city. Sites will
be chosen so as to allow us to explore the full range of everyday life,
including work and leisure, culture, the integration of life and technology,
the state of individual freedom, and the environment, through the lenses of an
aged population, post-oil mobility, climate troubles, and other factors. Twenty
years doesn’t push us so far forward that we will be in a completely different
world. Sauga 2030 is still tangibly connected to today, while perhaps just
starting to taste the consequences of past political and social decisions.
Your support creates this project through covering the costs of:
Site visits to Mississauga
Honorariums for actors
Purchasing several used smart phones to make the project accessible to a wider audience
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