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No.9’s first public project used the platform of the Toronto International Art Fair to present a new commissioned environment by Castor Canadensis, and a far-ranging, international film program on themes of ecology, land use and the utopian impulse.
The Canadian design firm of Castor Canadensis is known for their iconoclastic approach to furniture and lighting. At the art fair, their custom shipping container housed the film program, and a comfortable lounge and reading area was fashioned from jeans, magazines, cardboard sheeting, stuffed animals and other « pre-owned » materials. Providing a focus for the space wats a campfire-like nest of recycled fluorescent lights, inviting contemplation and conversation.
The film program, curated by Catherine Dean, explored a notion of ecology that includes the political, social and economic. Artists included the late Gordon Matta-Clark, Allora & Calzadilla, Peter Von Tiesenhausen, Heather & Ivan Morison, The Centre for Land Use Interpretation and Fritz Haeg. Also to be screened were the acclaimed feature documentaries Manufactured Landscapes, on the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky, and Being Caribou, an investigation of the contested Arctic National Wildlife Reserve as the filmmakers migrate with a herd of 120,000 caribou for five months across 1,500 kilometres of Arctic tundra.