• Artists: Annette Mangaard, Bay Weyman
  • Medium: Film Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: West Queen West

Using archival footage of Toronto from more than 30 years ago, the artists create a narrative story of urban evolution and destruction.

Location

Lisgar Park

  • Intersection: Abell St. & Queen St. W.
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

“UNDER PRESSURE” will explore Toronto’s rapid urban intensification, de-industrialization, demolition of heritage buildings and streetscapes, and associated environmental factors. Mimicking the cycles of life—birth, growth, death and re-growth—this video installation will present archival footage of the city being slowly flooded by turbulent waters. Gradually, the city will be grown over by lush, green plant life and imagery of the natural world. Only when forests and oceans recede will the industrial urban visuals be returned to their previous state. This installation will work with rare 16mm archival footage (circa 1986) of the Liberty Village–area industrial lands, the Railway Lands and downtown Toronto. This may evoke memories of the heritage and history of the area. It may also provoke concern for what the future might hold—both for the fate of our city and for the fate of the natural world.

The Artists

Annette Mangaard is an artist and Bay Weyman is a documentary filmmaker.

Acknowledgements

  • This project was supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding.

The artists would like to thank Charles Street Video, Greg Woodbury, Carson Mangaard, Pief Weyman, James Weyman, Nestor Golets, Toronto Arts Council, NFB PAFPS, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and Ontario Heritage Foundation for their help and support.