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Shadow! by Public Visualization Studio
January 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - March 9, 2018 @ 11:00 pm
Public Visualization Studio (PVS) is a Toronto-based art and design collective whose practice investigates how technologies of vision, communication and gesture support experiences in participatory spaces. The group often sources public data in various forms as the raw material for their work transforming daily activities and unseen patterns into unique artistic interventions.
Shadow!, a site specific project for the Bentway’s skate trail, responds to the change of urban form taking place under the Gardiner Expressway. Once dark and uninviting, the arterial infrastructure of the city is now being transformed into an active communal place where people can see themselves and others. Shadow! shines light onto ice skaters moving under the highway amplifying their presence and intensifying their connection to their surroundings. Moving silhouettes are cast onto the concrete columns and are combined with shadows from other skaters in the city. Shadow! also revives the long shadows cast by people who would have once walked here along the historical shoreline of Lake Ontario.