How does the virtual space we inhabit relate to the physical and social reality of our community? 'mAPPing the Territory' explores this question from a youth perspective using mobile apps to tell stories through cartography about the community, public space, privacy and local networks.
The creative studio Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC) are mentoring a group of Rexdale students from Pathways to Education, a program of Rexdale community Health Centre, to create the content for this exhibition. These youth grew up online and mobile ready, but are they really thinking critically about the virtual space they inhabit and how it relates to the physical and social reality of their community? What can they learn about what equality, access and privacy mean in the virtual world vs. the real world? What location-based stories can they tell through Google, Instagram, SnapChat, etc.? By storytelling through data mapping and social media, they are envisioning their neighbourhood at the porous intersection between the physical and virtual.
Myseum Intersections is an annual festival of exhibits showcasing different perspectives of the city's natural, cultural, and historic diversity
This year's theme, Envisioning Toronto, explores Toronto’s many communities, cultures and characters, and highlight how different perspectives converge to create multiple visions of our city’s past, present and future. Who holds and who has held the vision(s) of our city? As we reflect on the city’s past, how can we create possible futures?"
Humber Galleries provides creative programming and access to artwork for Humber College and the greater community. The North Space gallery is a responsive incubator for creating and expanding the ways digital technology is developed and used for shaping teaching, learning and creative expression.
Pathways to Education is helping youth from low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education, training, or employment. Pathways addresses systemic barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise, and a community-based program proven to lower dropout rates. The Program is delivered through local organizations who serve their communities through a team of staff and volunteers. With a framework that is flexible and resonates with local needs, they are able to leverage the credibility and inherent knowledge within the community.
Department of Unusual Certainties is a Toronto-based creative studio who employ their natural curiosity to design experiences, visualizations and spaces that simplify the seemingly complex. In 2010, DoUC started as a result of a shared need to ask questions about our everyday existence. This curiosity continues to grow and has manifested over the years through projects that traverse urban design, public art, education, cartography and social engagement. Our hope is to affect the social good through the physical world and to help build society through our work.