INFRACAMPUS – 1mile², Guelph, Ontario / Musagetes (2011)

SYN- is looking for participants to take part in a inter-disciplinary workshop series that explores the culture and realities of university campuses, and reconsiders then as potential sites for experimentation. The call is open to all who would like to highlight, share and discuss a particular condition of Guelph University’s campus.

Drawing from previous explorations, SYN- intends to interact with Guelph’s campus and its surroundings to imagine a flexible framework where spatial tensions will be revealed in order to facilitate creative forms of appropriation. In these workshops we will explore how infra-qualities – such as undisclosed, lesser known or hidden realities – might inform us of future potentials for campus transformations: how could we then engage the campus as a locus for fostering new kinds of actions, social configurations and interrelations in common space ?

The research explores different topics such as: interactions between campus and urban life through insider and outsider perspectives ; re-shuffled notions of the historically «cultivated» North American campus and its idealized detachment; social dynamics and connectivity in a pavilion-based architectural setting altered by self initiatives and experiments; providing alternate uses or introducing creativity and participation processes in existing services like food production, on-site maintenance or security.

Workshop experiments and findings will establish the bases for a future collaborative intervention on the Guelph campus to be realized in 2012.

INFRACAMPUS Participants

FALL 2011 Workshops (September 28 – October 9, 2011)

Workshop 1
Zoë Barrett-Wood, Olivia Mussels, Sarah Poole, Georgia Simms, Steph-Marie Szenasi, Shawn Van Sluys

Workshop 2
Andrew Alford, Zoë Barrett-Wood, Robin Bergart, Kira Burger, Alissa Firth-Eagland, Ashley Lowenthal, Matthew Little, Gryphon Loubier, Barbara Mann, Tegan Maxwell, Steph-Marie Szenasi, Dylan White

Workshop 3
Andrew Alford, Zoë Barrett-Wood, Julie Renée De Cotret, Alissa Firth-Eagland, Gord Gavrilovic, Alyssa Hubert, Matthew Little, Gryphon Loubier, Shawn Van Sluys, Sophie Maksimowski, Miguel Robles-Duran, Georgia Simms, Steph-Marie Szenasi, Thomas Purcell

Workshop facilitators
Jean-Maxime Dufresne, Luc Lévesque & Jean-François Prost, SYN-

WINTER 2012 Meetings (February 2-3, 2012)

Meetings 1 and 2
Sophie Maksimowski, Christine Porterfield, Steph-Marie Szenasi, Erika Stewin, Barbara Mann, Wayne Caldwell, Alvis Choi, Peter Bradley, Gryphon Loubier, Lise Burcher, Tegan Brock, Howard Steinberg, Andrew Alford, Terez Szoke, Alissa Firth-Eagland, Shawn Van Sluys, Shane Krepakevich

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