This project was conceived and led by artists Zachary Gough and Joshua Collins. I was honoured to be a part of the team creating who created projects for the floating pavilion. I chose a playful and interactive approach to my personal project, focusing on our relationship to disaster evacuation, specifically flood. Public were encouraged to take the paddle boat for a journey to discuss the question “what would you take with you” in the event of an evacuation.
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We are friends and collaborators. We are Andrew Maize, Ardath Whynacht, Brian Riley, Gary Markle, Josh Collins, Lindsay Dobbin, Wes Johnston, Willow Davidson and Zachary Gough. We bring the unique perspectives of artists, educators, professors, activists, architects, osteopaths, cultural workers, puppeteers, sound designers, builders. We are connected to Red Clay Farm and the White Rabbit Open Air Arts Residency and Festival. We are also soliciting help from students in Dalhousie University’s Architecture Department.
The Floating Warren Pavilion and Projects
Our playfully-autonomous floating (yes, floating) art pavilion is a shared vision. We come together intentionally to conjure a responsive space through experimental modes of praxis that are guided by values of care and solidarity. A world that offers itself up as a microcosm of the harbour; a space that is at once a safe refuge, and a vessel for opening and releasing itself to the sea. A space without walls. Our negotiated space comes alive with (you! And our) site-specific projects that return, again and again to a series of overlapping questions. We ask What holds us together? What holds us together in community, in relationship, in collaboration; as artist-run centres; with culture and nature, on/with water, wind and their movements; in a crisis-ridden economy, to the backdrop of the environmental resistance movement, amidst the celebrations of a colonial project in unceded Mi’kmaqi? Here, we explore practices of working, living and playing. Ours is a felt space as much as it is a material one. We invite you to join us in intentionally rethinking and transforming our relationships in a social practice of care.