The Green Corridor Intersession Course
Special Session May 10 – June 21, 2010
We are currently looking for enthusiastic students that are self-starters, independent thinkers and future leaders to assist in the realization of the following projects:
Artist Projects: Anarcheology Lab
Excavating new narratives of people, places, events and artifacts in the Ambassador Bridge/ Green Corridor area. The goal of this component of the course is to broaden the range of narratives and to create new artifacts, documents and representations specific to these sites. Students will work with representatives of various artist collectives.
DodoLab (Waterloo), www.dodolab.ca
Tug Collective, (Akron, Ohio), www.tugcollective.org
Probosscis (London, UK), www.proboscis.org.uk
Broken City Lab(Windsor),www.brokencitylab.org
Urban Green Space and Organic Gardening
Developing strategies for the implementation of organic food production in the University of Windsor community. Student will work with community partners.
Green Corridor Projects
Green energy production, electric tractor, alternative urban planning strategies, public art, urban landscape transformation, corporate sponsorship, the electric motorcycle, greenhouse design, and fundraising.
A course with real results!
Green Corridor Project Room: 135 LeBel Building
University of Windsor, Ontario
Lecture/Lab: Tuesday / Thursdays 4 – 9:50 PM
Contact: Rod Strickland, School of Visual Arts,
Kim Adams and the Auto-Lamp
An internationally renowned artist visited students of the Green Corridor class in May to talk about drilling “millions” of holes in a gutted-out Dodge van. Kim Adams is one of the contributing artists to the Open Corridor festival, which opens June 18. His piece— auto-lamp – will be featured in the Artists Projects exhibition, which runs throughout the summer until the end of September.
To help with the task of drilling an intricate network of lines of varying hole sizes, he has enlisted and trained several of the 60 students currently taking the Green Corridor class this intersession. Teams of drillers have been working on the 1986 Dodge 250 van, perforating it with intermingling designs. It will undergo deburring, sanding and painting before being installed along Huron Church Road, while a lighting system will be set up within the van to create the visual effect of a large lamp.
“This Dodge van will become a projector, basically, with all of its holes,” explains Adams. “We’re trying to do it in an environmentally friendly way that the sunlight can produce this light and pump the light out of the vehicle.”
Adams’ work focuses primarily on interactive public art, street culture and the nomadic conditions of modern life. He incorporates found, industrial and automobile components in his work. It is his fascination for the automotive that attracts him to Windsor.
“I’ve always been working with cars,” says Adams, who currently lives in Orangeville, Ontario. “Windsor’s definitely one of the places (to be for this industry).”
Adams is involved with the Open Corridor initiative because he sees it as an opportunity to interact with the public on one of Canada’s busiest border corridors. As for the message he’s hoping to convey with auto- lamp, he says he leaves that for individual viewers to decide.
“I don’t even tell them it’s art because I want them to have their own freedom to (interpret) it,” says Adams. “As soon as it enters into a conversation of it being art, I lose them. That’s just sort of the nature of the beast. When you say it’s art, they just shut down.”