Fall 2018 Public Art Tour: Carrie Denning Jackson and Jesse Shapins from Sidewalk Labs
October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Meet at the entrance of Fort York Visitor Centre
The Bentway’s Fall 2018 season and public art exhibition, If, But, What If? explores what could be, what perhaps should be, and what may never be within our ever-evolving city. Looking back, what critical historical moments changed Toronto’s trajectory? Moving forward, what radical acts will help to shape the future for the city’s people, places, and more?
Join us weekly in October (October 4, 10, 18, and 25) for a series of tours exploring selected works in the public art exhibition,If, But, What If?. Each tour will be led by a different local Torontonian – artists, designers, planners, community members and active urbanists – who will reflect on the artworks, The Bentway’s layered histories and potential futures, as well as the city itself. The tour leaders will lead participants throughout The Bentway and interpret the site and works based on their own expertise and interests. Topics may include Toronto’s built form, its natural resources, its networks of infrastructure as well as its many communities.
About Carrie Denning Jackson and Jesse Shapins
Carrie is an Associate Director on Sidewalk Labs Public Realm team, where she focuses on creative industry, arts, and culture, and manages programs for 307, Sidewalk Toronto’s new experimental work space and living laboratory for urban innovation. Prior to her current role, Carrie was Sidewalk’s Chief of Staff, where she oversaw much of the company’s growth from the mid-teens to 100 plus. Before Sidewalk Labs, Carrie was the San Francisco Curator and Director of Strategy and Partnerships for the art-tech collective, Shared_Studios, which uses technology to connect strangers across the globe.
Carrie is fascinated by how technology shapes (and is shaped) by our surroundings and how that intersection can create surprise and wonder in our every day lives. For the better part of a decade, Carrie has led teams and shaped projects that dig into these areas, including three years with IBM’s Smarter Cities team and a year-long fellowship with the Environmental Defense Fund. She’s conducted research for a wide range of think tanks and organizations, including the Brookings Institution, Bloomberg Associates, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, and Bombay First. She also spent time during her MBA at China Vanke, China’s largest residential real estate developer.
Carrie has a BA, MA, and MBA from Stanford University, and her research has appeared in Biological Conservation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Nature Conservancy’s Science Chronicles.
Jesse is Director of Public Realm at Sidewalk Labs, where he leads the company’s human-centered design processes and helps teams explore ways to improve city life through new digital products. Before joining Sidewalk, Jesse was Director of Product at BuzzFeed, where he worked closely with journalists, entertainers, and tech teams to push the boundaries of content and technology.
For over a decade, Jesse Shapins has been a leading designer and entrepreneur at the intersection of media, technology, and place. In 2004, before smartphones, Jesse invented Yellow Arrow, one of the first platforms to globally connect physical locations, digital media and communities. Jesse is co-founder of Mapping Main Street, a documentary arts project that tells the stories of the over 10,466 streets named Main Street across the United States; co-founder of UnionDocs, one of the nation’s leading centers for documentary arts, based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; co-founder and CEO of GoPop, a platform for visual conversation that was acquired by BuzzFeed in 2014; and co-founder and CEO of Zeega, a pioneering web platform empowering anyone to tell interactive stories by mixing their own media with maps, video clips, memes, and anything else they could find online.
Jesse holds a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University and a PhD in Urbanism and Critical Media Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He co-founded metaLAB (at) Harvard, a research venture based at the GSD and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society that bridges humanities, urbanism, and technology. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Metropolis, PRAXIS and Wired, cited in books such as The Sentient City and Networked Locality, and been exhibited at MoMA, SFMoMA, Deutsches Architektur Zentrum and the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, among other venues.