Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst

Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst

Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst

Montreal, QC

Presenting as part of the session: City as Generator - Friday, November 5 at 1:30 pm

Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst have collaborated and developed several different multimedia productions and installations in Montreal. The main focus in their artistic practice together is to setup social/creative structures to collect malleable data and assemble a database to understand their current surroundings.

Immony Men is a Canadian visual artist currently based in Montreal. He is a recent University of Windsor MFA graduate, prior to he has completed his BFA at Concordia University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. During his stay in Windsor Immony has joined the Broken City Lab research group; an initiative that tactically disrupts and engages the city.

Maegan Broadhurst is currently in her final year of completing a bachlor's of arts Specializing in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is currently developing In plain sight, a work in progress that explores and investigates the spaces that make up the Montreal city structure, particularly the ones that are abandoned or in a state of decay.

Description of Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst's talk:

Can you hear the city whispering?

At the Conference, Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst will discuss their approach and process of how they used the city as a platform and it's inhabitants as collaborators, to create art that reflects on the city's emotional landscape. How we can use art to explore and better understand the state of the city in which we live. In addition they will present their final findings and product, which will take the form of a travel guide.

"Can you hear the city whispering?" is an exploration of the cityscape within Winnipeg. Adopting a tourist-like approach and inviting the general public into our research process, we asked them to locate their favourite and disliked place within the city. This process of collaboration was introduced to the city through flyers. The initial poster consists of a map of Winnipeg and coloured stickers to indicate the favoured and disliked sites. These flyers were installed within the downtown core where they would receive attention from foot traffic. A second flyer with the results was posted around the city, letting pedestrians know which spots they have chosen as a whole.

The information collected gives us the opportunity to visit common and personal geographic locations. Our primary goal is to discover and share these sites with the community.

With close to five-hundred selected sites, we have decided to produce a travel guide to display the photographs and information we have assembled from each location. The coordinates of each spot will be included for the reader to either recognize or visit. These travel guides will then be returned to the public through the action of placing them in pubs, coffee-houses, artist-run centres, etc. 
 
The exhibition and book launch are on during the symposium! Find out more about it.

For more information about the project please visit our website at www.changeinplans.com

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