Discussing the Marginal at Urban Space Gallery

As part of the exhibition "Discussing the Marginal" (Nov 25 - Jan 21, 2017) curated by Marcin Kedzior, ====\\DeRAIL joins the conversation at Urban Space Gallery Thursday Dec. 15th 6:30-8:30pm


Marginal Spatial Movements in Toronto
Helena Grdadolnik, Director, Workshop Architecture Inc
Kristina Ljubanovic, AGO
Michelle Senayah, Director, The Laneway Project
Graeme Stewart, Tower Renewal Project
Victoria Taylor and Gelareh Saadatpajouh, co-Directors, ====\\DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture

Curated by: Marcin Kedzior

Literary marginalia allow readers to physically inhabit the space of a book, inscribing a position from which to comment on, interpret, and translate a text. Over time, texts build up multiple layers of reading in a way that sometimes builds a temporary collective consensus of meaning and sometimes remains in a perpetual state of re-interpretation. 

In the urban realm, millions of ways of living negotiate in the same space. These are not just interpretations, but more urgently, desires, uses, and formations of publics. Increases in privatized spaces, along with stricter zoning and program, limit the power of genuine public uses. 

Space as a commodity, fixed zoning and program dictates, infrastructure as efficiency—each of these emerge as contemporary Towers of Babel that limit the language we have to discuss value, use and movement respectively. In each case a dominant language is assumed that flattens urbanity and reduces subjectivity to a single scale and sphere. 

 The marginal is always a space of plurality that resist the imposition of a generalized and homogenous framework on life. Alternate forms of thinking, living, and physicality develop in the margins, on the periphery of the dominant city. Common languages emerge in which people exist at various public scales and modes of reality simultaneously. 

 This exhibition is simultaneously a map of Toronto's marginal spaces, an abstracted landscape in conversation with the structure of the space, seating in an expanded hallway, and most of all a space for Discussing the Marginal. This exhibit maps marginal spaces in Toronto including surface parking lots and space adjacent to highway, railway and hydro corridors. A series of diagrams examine unexpected scalar relationships between the most everyday components of Toronto. The space of the exhibit is both a map and an inhabitable public space. Through a series of discussions, various movement in Toronto including Laneway Project, DeRAIL, Undergardiner, Greenline, ravines, etc., are brought together. These spaces elude conventional ideas about program and call into questions stable concepts about a city.