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June 2021

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Play Public by Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender

June 8 - September 27

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: The Bentway Studio (55 Fort York Blvd.) Open Now -- As insatiable and compulsive collectors of found photographs and keen observers of sociological patterns, both Dutch artist and designer Erik Kessels and French multimedia artist Thomas Mailaender take the absurd and ridiculous very seriously. Joining forces for this collaborative project, they draw from the photographic archives of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) to activate their constructed urban playscape. Play Public (2021)—a part of The Bentway’s Playing in Public season—integrates…

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Walk Walk Dance by Daily tous les jours

June 12 - July 24

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd.) Open now -- You can engage with this piece. Step on a line. Now try to jump. Next, dance a jig. Try with a friend. What sort of music can you make together? If COVID-19 has proven anything, it’s that cities need to adapt and change. This past year cities across the world have moved quickly to prototype new ways to experience and explore the city during a global health crisis.…

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Big Red by Assemble

June 19 - September 27

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: The Bentway (250 Fort York Blvd) Opens June 19 (approx) -- Check out this installation. Step up. Slide down. Whirl and twirl. Hang out in the spaces between. What feels possible when nothing is impossible? In 1968 the architect Lina Bo Bardi produced an evocative illustration of her design for the Museum of Art, São Paulo (MASP), depicting a number of play objects occupying the public space created by the structure of the building itself, which was elevated on…

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Nil:Nil by Studio F Minus

June 19 - September 27

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Nil:Nil is a portrait of play in pandemic times. As our work and play move online, our human interactions become subject to a comprehensive enframing.

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Dream Street by The Street Society

June 19 - September 27

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Dream Street is a vertical playground open to all, inviting visitors to experience the city from a child's perspective.

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Jax by Pierre Poussin

June 30 - September 26

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Pierre Poussin’s Jax reimagines one of the world’s oldest and most widespread games by amplifying its scale and colour, inviting visitors to see the game anew.

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Midsummer Mix Vol.1 by Nelson Wu & biosphere

June 30 - September 27

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: South side of Queens Quay West (Bathurst St to York St) Opens June 30 (approx) -- As you walk along the waterfront, imagine you are in a video game. How would you play it? Stroll to the soundtrack accessed via the QR code on the ground decals. Midsummer Mix Vol. 1 sees GTA pixel artist Nelson Wu playfully transform the everyday icons and landmarks of Toronto’s waterfront — from the CN Tower to the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal, Billy…

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July 2021

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Double Dribble by Esmaa Mohamoud

July 7 - September 27

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: The Bentway (250 Fort York Blvd) Opens July 7 (approx) -- On this impossible basketball court, how will you write your own rules for play? Through the illogical use of basketball motifs, Toronto artist Esmaa Mohamoud transforms The Bentway into a surreal basketball court. Double Dribble is comprised of basketball nets of varying diameters — from half the size, to 3X the size of a standard net — and court lines running dysfunctionally throughout The Bentway site. Nets are…

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