1997 Sediment

Toronto is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, inhabiting landscape that was once lake, marshlands and swamp. The southern downtown, built on landfill, exists where once were wetlands, an aquatic filter for the watershed. We have filled and covered and erased the paths of water as it runs from the highlands to the lowlands, carving valleys through the earth and rock. Two major rivers run open, to the east the Don and to the west the Humber, traversed and bordered by transportation arteries. As the boundaries of the city have spread, the creeks and wetlands have been covered in layers of dirt and debris, the sediment of civilization. Garrison Creek once ran through the western downtown area. Now, contained in a sewer and buried at the beginning of the 20th century, it remains a landscape element. A meandering waterway/ravine, masquerading as a sunken park system.

Sediment is an outdoor component of  7a*11d. Located in Trinity Bellwoods Park, this large urban greenscape affords many opportunities and possibilities for site-specific environmental performance art. Due to its location in the Garrison Creek bed, it offers a wide variety of terrain. Several distinct areas can be found; some private, some open, some spectacular. At the centre of the park, the creek bed and ravine, is a large sunken area with a small wooden stage. Also containing an arboretum, the southern entrance to the park is   marked by a gothic revival arch, built in 1903.

Artists featured in this venue have designed pieces that suggest an awareness of and emphasis on concepts of time, light, place and environmental sound. Artists have designed performances that occur at various times and locations throughout the park, many of them taking place over several hours or days to take advantage of changes in light, temperature, weather and pedestrian traffic.

@ Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen St W to Dundas St W, Gore Vale Ave to Crawford St)

A program of the 1st 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art
Curated by Terril-Lee W. CALDER-FUJII, Jenny KEITH & Derek MOHAMED

from the corner of my eye
Thursday August 7 12 pm – 2 pm
Friday August 8 2 pm – 4 pm
Saturday August 9 4 pm – 6 pm
Sunday August 10 6 pm – 8 pm
Monday August 11 8 pm – 10 pm

Elizabeth CHITTY
Progress of the Body
Thursday August 7 to Monday August 11 9 pm

Peter HILL
?Conduit! pipe line to the soul
Thursday August 7 to Saturday August 9 7 pm

sur, blue, round
Thursday August 7 to Monday August 11 at sunrise, noon and dusk

Jennifer MAUS
“What Are You Looking At?”
Monday August 11 9:30 pm

The World Is My Trampoline
Saturday August 9 intermittently

SAFMOD (Subatomic Frequency Modulation Over Dose)
Neil Chastain, Andrew Kaletta, Young Park & Alexandra Underhill

Ritual Making Piece
Monday August 11 4 pm – 10 pm

Dennis SUMMERS/Quantum Dance Works
A Walk With John Bell
Thursday August 7 to Monday August 11 6:30 pm

Dr. Woodyard’s Magic Herbal Elixir
Friday August 8 1 pm

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