November 18, 2003
by Canadian Architect
A new initiative of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, under the aegis of its Extra-Muros installations, is called Extra-Muros: Reading the City. The Extra-Muros program seeks to stimulate awareness and perception of the urban environment, and to cultivate reflection and debate on issues pertaining to civic space. With a view to linking the CCA with Montreal’s new Quartier international the CCA will invite artists, architects, designers, photographers, and artists working in new media to curate site-specific temporary installations taking up themes related to the evolving nature of the city. In Reading the City, designer Louis-Charles Lasnier and cultural advertisers Publicit Sauvage use posters to ask how ideas and information are circulated in the public domain: where is posting allowed, by law, and why? Blank posters are to be installed around Montreal for the duration, intended to challenge the public’s consumption of controlled information spaces and drawing attention to the diminishing of available space for the public to post its concerns. The installation will run to April 2004.