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23 Jun. 2018

Book Launch: A PLATFORM TO…

DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture
2 PM - 5 PM

Please join DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture at Art Metropole on Saturday, June 23rd from 2-5pm for the launch of A PLATFORM TO…, a limited edition book featuring DeRAIL’s 2017 public art commission on the West Toronto Railpath. There will be a performance for the duration of the event and the artist will be present.

In an essay by Rebecca Carbin and a series of images by Martin Reis, A PLATFORM TO… captures the transformation of three decommissioned monitoring wells into a place for the public to PLAY, to REWIND, to PAUSE, to RECORD and to share new experiences. During 2017, DeRAIL invited two artists to consider the theme of pause along the West Toronto Railpath – to draw people into an experiment that would inspire new ways of understanding a familiar place beyond its usual functionality. Using the idea of pause as a critique on the singular A to B movement of the active mobility corridor, the program invited audiences to consider how we might think differently about our city and our shared public landscapes: to pause, to listen, to observe and to imagine new creative possibilities for the various nodes and niches along the West Toronto Railpath.

\DeRAIL 2017 included two commissions Pause Platforms, a series of three, 8ft diameter wood and raw steel platforms inspired by the design concept proposed by Andrew Jones and fabricated by Marek Kubat, and “We Pause At Twilight”, a place-specific, participatory audio-choreography created by Cara Spooner.

A PLATFORM TO… documents DeRAIL’s ongoing work to push the definition of public art, to critique and reshape current planning processes, and to identify new opportunities that go beyond the purely functional to create places that better reflect the life, identity and aspirations of a particular place.

The book will be available for purchase at the launch, and in-store and online following the event.


About DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture

Founded in 2015, DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture is a non profit, independent arts producer and alternative platform for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, geographical, and ideological boundaries. DeRAIL commissions and produces place-specific art projects to foster new conversations about public space design and contemporary city building. We bring a linear landscape to life through contemporary art by moving beyond the walls of traditional gallery spaces to offer a new experience to both citizens as participants and artists as contributors.

DeRAIL is the vision of designer and public art curator Gelareh Saadapajouh and landscape architect Victoria Taylor. With years of combined experience as designers, artists, exhibition and public art curators, these emerging cultural producers push the definition of public art to produce unique and creative socially-engaged/place-specific programs to explore the shared linear landscapes of our city.

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