Third Space Gallery in Saint John has invited me to carry out a month-long research and creation residence.
Titled, This City, My Love (an unspectacular View on Saint John), this mobile, one-on-one performative transaction, an in situ/in socius project in residence, invites any willing citizen of Saint John to introduce me to their personal sites of interest: the site can stir up a detailed memory or instill a momentary serenity. The work continues from my previous geopoetic meanderings (Roadside Attractions), one-on-one encounters (Stuff, the Cake Feeding series and Quiet Time at the Intersection Of –) and recent residencies at the 3e impérial in Granby, QC (FatherWork – MonTravail) and with FRONDA (in Real del Monte, Mexico). Combining elements of all these, (exploring place/non-places, sharing stories, practicing empathetic and compassionate presence) I will proceed with my current interest in “alternative map-making” – this time grounded in the very exchanges that will transpire with local folks from Saint John. Collaboratively, we will create another kind of investigation and perspective of place: experimenting unconventional ways of experiencing a city and being together in a process that produces an unspectacular – and rather extra-ordinary – view on Saint John.