Queen’s University Faculty: Dylan Robinson Course: PARK LIFE: Interventions in Public Space
PARK LIFE: Interventions in Public Space brought together two integral areas of focus: critical examinations of the histories, establishment, and uses of municipal, provincial, and national parks; and public art and other activist-based or performative interventions that engage “unmarked” histories and prioritizations of space across park sites. Designed and taught by Dr. Dylan Robinson, PARK LIFE was guided by the act of visiting—with the land, water, stories, more-than-human beings, and relations—placing emphasis on the relationships of peoples and their environments, with specific attention paid to Thousand Islands National Park.
The course started with research into the contemporary politics and ethnographical and historical accounts of particular parks, and spatial analyses of “public spaces.” It grew into a project that inhabited an artist-residency sensibility, where an aesthetic and pedagogical exchange across disciplines occurred over the span of the course, culminating with each student presenting a park proposal to their peers, LandMarks2017/Repères2017 artists and curators, local community members, and Parks Canada staff. A selection of performances and installations, curated by Tania Willard and Carina Magazzeni, were exhibited at Mallorytown Landing in Thousand Islands National Park in June 2017.
Student Artists: Jonathan Aarssen, Ryan Barberstock, Claude Bock, Gabriel Cheung, Leah Decter, Jonella Evangelista, Sydney Hart, Bronwyn Jaques, Geraldine King, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Stéfy McKnight, Peter Vooys, Rachel Wyatt