Flow Chart (issue 9)

Works by Meredith Snider, Timothy I.Smith and guest artist Cara Tierney!

Launching July 27, 2017 @ noon at culturalengineering.ca


Flow Chart

"The Cultural Engineering project was launched over two years ago, and each issue has showcased artworks that were commissioned by SAW Video as way to chart the Arts Court redevelopment and document its transformation. Each issue has also offered artists a chance look at the Arts Court from new perspectives. It’s easy to imagine that flow charts were used for project management on this ambitious infrastructure development. If a flow chart is a diagram of the sequence of actions in a complex activity that helps to illustrate a process, then one that traced the course of the Cultural Engineering project in retrospect would undoubtedly reveal a complicated and perhaps contradictory trajectory: one that might double back on itself just as much as it might pursue an oblique angle down an unfinished path. Like all endeavors that are meant to be democratic, Cultural Engineering has been subject to change, depending upon the individuals who have been invited to contribute to it." (excerpt from the essay by Michael Davidge)

Meredith SniderCulture Lives Where?

"Several months ago I noticed a marketing slogan plastered across hoarding that is encasing some of the many development projects in Ottawa. It read ‘Culture Lives Here’. I understood it to imply that culture was within redevelopment; that the galleries or the light rail or the Rideau mall or the ByWard Market were physical homes for culture. Although this does make sense within the definition of culture I had an adverse reaction to the implication that culture is built around people as opposed to through people. For Issue 09 I decided to ask the public ‘What is Culture?’ and ‘Where does Culture live?’ "


Timothy I. Smith -  Past & Present

"My video for Issue 9 uses historical photographs of the Arts Courts site and video of the present day site. Using the same vantage point in both the video and the photographs, the images are morphed together, allowing a comparison of the past and the present day view of the site. They reveal architectural changes and the passage of time flowing over these buildings as the surrounding city rises up around them."



Cara TierneyMelt in. To Spring.

In early 2017 the Ottawa Art Gallery hosted a consultation panel to explore possible strategies towards making their public washrooms universal, the transgender rights bill (C-16) was debated in Parliament, transgender advocates protested a talk at the National Gallery of Canada and the Ottawa River flooded.

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