Gwen MacGregor

Workparty: Dire-Rama, multimedia installation, 2012

Workparty: Dire-Rama

multimedia installation

exhibited as part of ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2012

Duke’s Cycle was the site of an old fashioned, 3D diorama, shop window display that engages with these pertinent Toronto issues placed within a broader Canadian and global context. The shop window provided a suitably iconic and ironic setting for both a seductive aesthetic and subtle but subversive political agenda.

Topics addressed by the diorama include land redevelopment, gentrification, the corporatisation of public space, OCCUPY, G20, Tar Sands, climate change, the effects of the “905” voters on the political landscape of Toronto, our “out of step” mayor, threats to cultural funding and support, cuts to social programs, issues of transportation, energy production and use, and public health.

Timelapse of Dire-Rama and visitors on the night of Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2012