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David Court & Josh Thorpe: Around YYZ

This year-long project, part of our YYZUNLIMITED programme, consists of a series of four audio tours of the built environment around YYZ. These tours are informal, meandering conversations, offering a casual but analytic inquiry, beginning at YYZ and moving out from there. Each lasts approximately an hour and can be encountered in three ways: 1) on an MP3 player borrowed from YYZ (allows the listener to walk the tour while listening), 2) over a set of speakers at the threshold to YYZ, and 3) on the YYZ website. Taking YYZ as the point of departure, the walks extend the mode of attention of the gallery into its surrounding contexts, seeking to draw attention and add complexity to the experience of public space.

For the first of these walks, Thorpe and Court are joined by architects and artists Scott Sorli and Flavio Trevisan.

Click here to experience Walk No. 1 now. To download and listen on your mp3 player, right click and select ‘Save As.’ [95.45MB mp3]

* Please note that approximately 8 minutes into the tour, what is describe as Richmond and John should be corrected to Richmond and Peter.

The second tour of the area surrounding YYZ features a conversation with Michael McClelland and Phillip Evans from ERA Architects. The walk begins at 401 Richmond, heading east to the business district, and then back to Spadina. The conversation focuses on contemporary and historical aspects of Toronto’s built environment.

Click here to experience Walk No. 2 now. To download and listen on your mp3 player, right click and select ‘Save As.’ [77.18MB mp3]

The third walk features a conversation with transportation engineer Margaret Briegmann and architect James Brown. The tour begins at 401 Richmond, heading south to the lake in honor of the approaching summer.

Click here to experience Walk No. 3 now. To download and listen on your mp3 player, right click and select ‘Save As.’ [87.7MB mp3]

David Court and Josh Thorpe present the last in a series of four audio tours of the area surrounding YYZ. This tour features a conversation with Scott Srli and Flavio Trevisan about YYZ itself.

Click here to experience Walk No. 4 now. To download and listen on your mp3 player, right click and select ‘Save As.’ [19.1MB mp3]

DAVID COURT is an artist and writer living in New York. He has exhibited solo and collaborative projects across Canada and in New York, with current and upcoming projects for Printed Matter (with Josh Thorpe) and the 2011 CAFKA Biennial. David was involved as a contributor for the publication ‘Gordon Lebredt: Nonworks 1975 2008,’ co-published by the Center for Contemporary Canadian Art and Plug In Editions. He has written reviews and catalogue texts for publication in Canada, China and the US, including C Magazine, Fillip, and Art Papers. In 2008 he participated in the residency Making Artistic Inquiry Visible’ at the Banff Center. David holds a Masters in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto (2009) and a BFA from NSCAD University (2006).

JOSH THORPE has a Master’s in Visual Studies from University of Toronto and he teaches at Ontario College of Art and Design and U of T. His work has been shown in Canada, the US, and Europe. Thorpe’s involvement in publishing has produced interviews, articles, and books, including Dan Graham Pavilions: A Guide publish by Art Metropole and Gordon Lebredt: Nonworks 1975 2008, co-published by the Center for Contemporary Canadian Art and Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.