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CASTOR CANADESIS:
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2007

October 25 - October 29, 2007

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.