East End Spotlight is a monthly news piece where we highlight east end artists, arts organizations, creative spaces & professionals that we want to shine a spotlight on💙!
For February 2020, we are shining a special spotlight on the artists behind the 2020 Winter Stations installations! P.S. Be sure to check out our Winter Stations Art Pop-Ups that offer more fun ways to interact with Winter Stations beyond the senses!
Winter Stations, 2020
Winter Stations is an international design competition and exhibition held annually along Toronto’s beaches. Started in 2014 as a collaboration between RAW Design, Ferris + Associates, and Curio, Winter Stations has become a Toronto institution now entering its sixth year of exhibition. Check out the 2020 Winter Stations Installations on Woodbine Beach from February 17 to March 30, 2020, under the new theme, “Beyond the Five Senses“.
Winning Entries & Artists, 2020
About Noodle Feed:
Noodle Feed goes beyond physical senses and creates a shared augmented reality environment where people can interact in new ways and consider that the world is much more than we perceive. The colourful forms and tangible nature of the ‘noodles’ are designed to attract attention, while the rough matte texture of recycled sailcloth contrasts with the soft, springy cushioning of the objects, inviting visitors to move them into chairs, beds and shelters.
An Augmented Reality App lets visitors leave digital traces of their time at the installation, including photos, stories and drawings that can be seen by other users in physical space.
iheartblob is an award winning architectural design studio and research collective formed by Aleksandra Belitskaja, Ben James and Shaun McCallum, currently based in Vienna. The studio has a strong focus on the Architectural Object, yet, draws on core tenets from an array of philosophical and theoretical principles whilst exploring new models of architectural thinking and constructing. The work is meant to both enchant and reflect on the crisis of thought which runs through architecture today by investigating new and established ideas as though they were materials, engaging seriously with hard hitting agendas, whilst remaining at a distance from full immersion.
Each project revels in expanding new visual languages of architecture where projects are rarely seen in traditional plan and section but are rather expressed through mixed reality objects, real-time renderings as well as custom designed architectural software in an attempt to reflect their Lagrangian derivations. Through the exploration of these mediums, the work always enables new discussion surrounding our current cultural, practical and theoretical framework in which architecture resides. The studio has developed numerous provocative proposals for international competitions as well as having worked exhibited across the globe including Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York and A+D Museum in Los Angeles.
About Kaleidoscope of the Senses:
Kaleidoscope of the Senses re-purposes the existing lifeguard chair, bringing together a balanced yet dynamic composition of elements which are both a visual and experiential celebration of the senses and a metaphor of the body in space.
An open bell tower structure creates clanking metal sounds in the wind, while a diagonal black chimney draws up the aromas of oils set into the beach sand at its base. A horizontal white extrusion reflects the expansive horizon, framing a view of the water and back to the city. This is all underscored by a lateral red beam, establishing a tactile bench within the structure, the only point of physical contact with the observer.
About Charlie Sutherland of SUHUHA:
Charlie Sutherland of SUHUHA studied Architecture at the Mackintosh School in Glasgow. Upon graduating he joined the office of the late Sir James Stirling and worked on a number of international commissions and competitions including the Tokyo Forum, The Paris Library and the Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. In 1997 He established Sutherland Hussey Architects with his long term colleague, Charlie Hussey, and completed a number of award winning small scale projects all over the UK; Barnhouse in Highgate London, Lynher dairy in Cornwall; and An Turas on The Island of Tiree, which was also shortlisted for the Stirling and Mies van der Rohe prizes.
Aside from seven RIBA award winning projects in the UK the practice has also developed in collaboration many projects overseas on a larger scale such as a major urban regeneration proposal for Sligo, the new British Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia, a design template for a new National park in Xiling mountains of Sichuan China, an Archaeology museum in inner Mongolia and most recently winning an International architectural competition in Chengdu for a new City Museum
For the last Fifteen years, in tandem with running a practice, he has been a research active contributor and Lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. For fourteen years he has been teaching final year students where the transition from academia to practice is at its most prescient and a direct and urgent relationship between practice and architectural teaching is played out through the Architectural Thesis.
Mirage has been designed to react to the movements of the sun and the people. Depending on where the visitors are positioned, they will see either a red transparent sun setting or a light and bright rising sun laying on the horizon. As they walk closer, they will discover the thin structure that makes these two simultaneous realities possible.
About Cristina Vega and Pablo Losa Fontangordo:
Cristina Vega and Pablo Losa Fontangordo are artists from Madrid, Spain. More information to follow once it becomes available.
The Beach’s Percussion Ensemble by Centennial College
About Beach’s Percussion:
Beach’s Percussion consists of three structures of varying sizes formed of a series of stacked wooden rectangular prisms laid out in a circular shape around a giant steel drum.
Where the prisms overhang, metal bells of varying shapes and sizes will hang. Some of the structure’s prisms might also be made into steel drums. The elements of the lake’s environment will release the bells’ sound like a wind chime. Visitors can use sticks chained to the structure to play along with the sounds produced by the lake’s elements. Graffiti artists will also be invited to tag the structure.
About Centennial College:
Centennial College is a diploma and degree granting college located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Centennial has transformed itself from a local community college to a worldly institution, with a presence in countries like China, India, South Korea and Brazil. Their focus has always been on preparing graduates to enter the work force, while teaching their students to be leaders. Locally, they continue to offer industry-recognized full- and part-time programs at four Toronto campuses, including programs like Architectural Technology or Architectural Technician programs.