The Leona Drive Project

Kyath Battie, Pouyan Jafarizadeh Dezfoulian, Philip Hoffman and Janine Marchessault

2011, 20:06 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 1027.03

In 2009 several houses in Willowdale, Ontario were slated for demolition to make way for a new residential development. This collaborative video document is based on the Leona Drive Project, a site specific exhibition curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow from October 19-31, 2009.

Several artists were invited to produce multi-media installations for public exhibition which took place in six post-war vacant houses in the ‘inner suburb’ of Willowdale, Ontario. This video document explores the exhibit from a personal perspective, under the cover of night, allowing viewers a more intimate and aurally rich experience of each installation which is imaginatively represented through fluid editing and detailed sound design. The video document was inspired by the artists’ engagement with architecture and spatial designs of houses typical of modernist dwellings of the prosperous and decidedly homogenous decades of post World War II Canada.

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