Final presentation

Yes, we’ve made it through  this semester.  We presented our final presentation at the open house, which was  the last class of the semester.  Overall,  it was a great experience in this class and we learned a lot.

That’s our Legacy report with the CD that we submitted in the last class.

Our congratulations to all of the teams on their successful completion of Green Corridor class.  Thank you everyone especially the ones that supported  and helped us during this course.

Good Luck with the Drive Thru Symphony event in 2012.


Ainur and Ashtar

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Legacy Report

Hello everyone!

Last week, the  Drive Thru Symphony group was working hard on making the  legacy report! In this legacy report, we have included artists that make sculptures, painting, and musicians. We also included the artists information that we searched. We have included their names, a brief introduction about those artists, their statements, their CV if possible, sample of their artwork, and their contact information.

Ashtar is writing introduction and conclusion for the legacy report.

Ainura is organizing  Windsor, Toronto, US and World Wide artists separately, so it will be easy for next incoming group to make all the contacts with those artists.

Ashtar is working on contact list of the artists.

Finally, Ainura is putting everything together. The legacy Report is ready to be sent for  printing and to save it into the CD disc.

Here is the final version of the Legacy Report.

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On March 24,2011 we presented  the list of artists to the class. We presented 50 artists and here are some of the artists:

Nicole Dextras is an Canadian artist.  Here is the some of her works. Weedrobes is a series of ephemeral sculptures linking our dysfunctional relationship to both our bodies and the environment

BGL-Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière make up this Quebec City-based trio. For over a decade, bgl has created sculptures, prints and installations that critique the commercialism of contemporary culture – often using humour.  Here is the some of her works: Pinocchio, which represents the truths of clear-cutting of Canada’s forests.

The Giant Styrobot by Michael Salter stands exceptionally tall at 21 feet and is crafted from recycled Styrofoam.

Jackie Brookner’s works are raising awareness about environmental issues. Here are some of her works: Prima Lingua (First Language/First Tongue) is a monstrously large tongue that licks the polluted water, air, ground and help clean air as well as filter the water.

Vaughn Bell creates interactive projects and immersive environments that deal with environment. She has exhibited her sculpture, installation, performance, video and public projects internationally. Her work The Portable Personal Biosphere is the answer for anyone who feels the ill effects of urban living.

Patricia Johanson has designed functioning works of art, creating infrastructures that reclaim impacted ecosystems. Her projects involve the design of unusual trails and landscaping features, reintroducing endangered plant and animal species, and creating natural oxidation ponds and polishing pools for improving water quality.

French artists Gilles Bruni and Marc Babarit have collaborated on experimental outdoor installations, combining agriculture, ecology, architecture and photography.Here is their work- a dead, fallen and uprooted spruce tree, on a slope of the Val di Sella Forest

Here is a picture of the artists contact list we did that includes the artist name, website, e-mail address, phone numbers, and address if possible. Over all, we have got a lot of feedback. Now have to work on them.

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We have been researching artists since the beginning of the semester and by March we had found many different artists. We were searching for eco-friendly artists in general.

Due to the coming presentation we wanted to have a discussion with our TAs to know if we were on the right track. We sat down with our TAs, Hiba, Kevin, Justin and Sarah this week to go through the artists we had researched so far.

We received a lot of feedback from them and they gave us questions that we needed to answer as to why we chose the artists we have listed.
Where is the artist coming from?
What is the content of their work?
Does the work relate to the Green Corridor?

After we understood what we  supposed to research and the Green Corridor theme, we narrowed our list down to about 50 artists.

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Drive Thru Symphony

We are searching eco- friendly artists for the Drive Thru Symphony, which will be in summer 2012. It used to be called Open Corridor Festival that was held on September 23, 2009 and featured outdoor public art exhibitions, events and performances along the area identified as “the Green Corridor,” on Huron Church Road between College Avenue and Assumption High School.

We are the Drive thru Symphony team.  Aya and Ashtar are responsible for:

  • research artists appropriate to showcase work for Drive Thru Symphony
  • make preliminary contacts and determine interest
  • prepare documentation for incoming groups

Next week we want to present the artists to the class. Here, I am doing presentation slides, while Ashtar is searching eco-friendly artists. Since there is no limitation on artists, we are trying to find as many artists as we can.

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Open Corridor & Drive Thru Symphony: Culture to the NAFTA Highway

Drive Thru Symphony -  Photo by Walter Willems

Canada’s busiest international border corridor was transformed into a drive-thru art gallery this summer by the University of Windsor’s Green Corridor. From June 18 to September 23, 2009, the Open Corridor Festival featured outdoor public art exhibitions, events and performances along the area identified as “the Green Corridor,” on Huron Church Road between College Avenue and Assumption High School.

Drive Thru Symphony - Photo by Walter Willems

The Drive Thru Symphony, which premiered on September 23, 2009, was a site-specific, real time installation and performance work that incorporated sight and sound while integrating vehicle traffic and drivers into a collaborative event. The stream of live sound from the musicians and the traffic was also broadcast over CJAM 99.1fm’s airwaves as it happened, encouraging contributions from those driving through the performance. Pictured above, students power instruments, lighting, and sound equipment by riding bicycles.

Featuring the work of ten artists with connections to Windsor and Essex County, the Open Corridor Exhibition, which opened on June 18, 2009, found public art installations, performances, and interventions at the edge of the NAFTA highway. Images from the exhibition are featured below, while a catalogue of the entire festival is currently in the works.

Auto Light by Kim Adams - Photo by Walter Willems

Auto Light by Kim Adams.

Ecology by Iain Baxter&.

Talking Trees by David Blatherwick

Talking Trees by David Blatherwick.

Galileo by Noel Harding

Galileo by Noel Harding.

Wilt by Lucy Howe - Photo by Walter Willems

Wilt by Lucy Howe.

You Are Worth It by Justin Langlois

You Are Worth It by Justin Langlois.

Cooler Column by Zeke Moores -  Photo by Walter Willems

Cooler Columns by Zeke Moores.

Border Bookmobile by Lee Rodney

Border Bookmobile by Lee Rodney.

Corn Car by Rod Strickland - Photo by Walter Willems

Corn Car by Rod Strickland.

Ear by Robert Weins Photo by Walter Willems

Ear by Robert Weins.

Inside Outside Ecologies by Jennifer Willet

Inside Outside Ecologies by Jennifer Willet.

The Open Corridor Festival was made possible by the generous support from the University of Windsor, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Festival Tents, Tom Gray Building Centres, UB Welding,  and CJAM 99.1fm.

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