Materials: Steel, aluminum, wood, motors, handcart, car battery, custom electronics.
Dimensions: 8 x 2.5 x 2.5 feet
Installation view from Downtown Toronto, various locations. July 2002.
Photos: Victoria Scott
Space was a project in which a group of street-identified (homeless)
young women created an electronic/mechanical public sculpture. The goal was
to introduce the concept of technologically-mediated public art work and interventions
to these women and work with them in my studio to create a sculpture based
on their own ideas of how to interact with the public and ease social barriers.
The result is a mobile puppet theatre (office tower), with a mechanised 'Boss-Puppet'
who responds to your wishes and threats. We, the 5 women (Neltashi, Nikki,
Sunshine, Mirium & Freedom), myself, and facilitators Krystal Kraus &
Mike Steventon, brainstormed around the concept of 'exchange'. Based on these
conversations, the women decided through guided consensus what they would
like to create. We worked collaboratively for 4 weeks and then presented it
for 2 days at various locations on the streets of Toronto.
were asked to write down their desires and complaints to the 'universal-boss'
and insert their message into the machine. The 'boss' responded to each person
with one of three programmed (and improvised) personal messages.