• Artist: Community Arts Guild
  • Medium: Interactive Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Scarborough

This interactive installation mixes collectively created textiles, sounds and video projections to share the histories and stories of Scarborough.

Location

Scarborough Civic Centre Wedding Chapel

  • Address: 150 Borough Dr.
    Enter from Borough Approach East
  • Public Washrooms: Yes
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible

The Project

The title of this project speaks to history as a narrative presently and always unfolding. It also speaks to relationships between past and present—and it gestures towards the kind of unfolding that reveals phenomena which have been covered, hidden or overlooked. The weavings to be displayed in this installation are a timeline of histories and stories of Scarborough, written down and woven chronologically onto a loom by residents of all ages. Hung over a pathway, these weavings will cycle through past, present and future, forming a continuum. As audiences walk down the pathway, they’ll be able to see and touch stories written on the fringe of the weavings. At the end of the pathway, visitors will enter a chamber with a video and audio installation based on words from the stories. Audiences will also have the opportunity to add their own words and images to this growing installation.

The Artist

The Community Arts Guild is an organization based in East Scarborough that connects people and builds community through collaborative artmaking.

Acknowledgements

  • This project is sponsored by

The Community Arts Guild would like to thank the many people who contributed stories and weaving. It also acknowledges the support of the City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot program, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.