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Sauga 2030 is a digital intervention into Mississauga’s physical landscape exploring what this young city may become.

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 2011.

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 listener’s imagination. 

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

Script workshops

Equipment rentals

Recording process

Honorariums for actors

Purchasing several used smart phones to make the project accessible to a wider audience

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    The satisfaction of knowing you contributed to accurately forecasting the future + a hand shake at the opening

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    Sauga 2030 scripts in zine format

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    Sauga 2030 scripts in zine format + CD with 2030 audio vignettes

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    DVD with 2030 audio vignettes and video footage of their sites

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    Chance to take the tour with DoUC members + 2030 DVD

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    Sauga 2030 Graphic Timeline - 1974 to 2030 (approximate size 12” by 36”) + 2030 script zine + 2030 DVD

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    Used Smart phone loaded with the app (to be received upon the completion of the project) + Sauga 2030 Graphic Timeline - 1974 to 2030 (approximate size 12” by 36”) + 2030 script zine + 2030 DVD

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    Sauga Graphic Timeline - 1974 to 2030 (approximate size 24” by 72” on archival paper) + identification as a world class Futurist in vinyl wall text + Used Smart phone loaded with the app (to be received upon the completion of the project)

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