The Floating Warren Pavilion

Victoria Park shoreline

21-24 September, 2017

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Floating Warren Pavilion is created by artists, educators, professors, activists, architects, osteopaths, cultural workers, puppeteers, sound designers, and builders including Andrew Maize, Ardath Whynacht, Brian Riley, Gary Markle, Josh Collins, Lindsay Dobbin, Wes Johnston, Willow Davidson and  Zachary Gough, and students in Dalhousie University’s Architecture Department.

Our playfully-autonomous floating (yes, floating) art pavilion is a shared vision. We come together intentionally to conjure a responsive space through experimental modes of praxis that are guided by values of care and solidarity. A world that offers itself up as a microcosm of the harbour; a space that is at once a safe refuge, and a vessel for opening and releasing itself to the sea. A space without walls. Our negotiated space comes alive with (you! And our) site-specific projects that return, again and again to a series of overlapping questions. We ask What holds us together? What holds us together in community, in relationship, in collaboration; as artist-run centres; with culture and nature, on/with water, wind and their movements; in a crisis-ridden economy, to the backdrop of the environmental resistance movement, amidst the celebrations of a colonial project in unceded Mi’kma’ki? Here, we explore practices of working, living and playing. Ours is a felt space as much as it is a material one. We invite you to join us in intentionally rethinking and transforming our relationships in a social practice of care.

FIELD RECORDINGS

Underwater recordings captured by Lindsay Dobbin’s hydrophone, mounted on a fishing rod. Airborne recordings captured by Andrew Maize’s microphone, mounted on a kite.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Zach Gough, “ Relations of Value in the Floating Warren Pavilion ,”  Flotilla,  2018.

Zach Gough, “Relations of Value in the Floating Warren Pavilion,” Flotilla, 2018.

Amanda Shore, “ A Place About Now: Floating Architecture and Utopic Imagination in Atlantic Artist-run Culture ,” unpublished paper presented at Society for the Study of Architecture Conference (St. John’s, NL), 2018.

Amanda Shore, “A Place About Now: Floating Architecture and Utopic Imagination in Atlantic Artist-run Culture,” unpublished paper presented at Society for the Study of Architecture Conference (St. John’s, NL), 2018.

Katie Smith, “ Flotilla conference in Charlottetown will ‘blow people’s minds,’ says Viau ,”  The Guardian , September 19, 2017.

Katie Smith, “Flotilla conference in Charlottetown will ‘blow people’s minds,’ says Viau,” The Guardian, September 19, 2017.