TSA Reveals 3D Virtual Pride Floats
The Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) recently revealed its Virtual Pride line-up of 3D inhabitable spaces designed by architects, designers and artists. This year, the organization explored the theme of OUT: What does it mean to be out when you are staying in? How does space alter the experience of private and public life? How do we celebrate outness architecturally?
“Our virtual floats are online community spaces, allowing us to celebrate virtually together even when staying apart. Think of them like virtual Winterstations but with an LGBTQI2 lens,” says the TSA.
The Virtual spaces include:
“What would Pride in Toronto be without our very own Church and Wellesley Village? The Virtual Village is the hub of the TSA’s Virtual Pride Parade and a good starting point to meet with friends as you explore each of the floats! Once on Church Street, you can click on the images of the different floats to visit them.”
“Splash Palace is a vessel for expression, exploration and delight! Its layered and labyrinthine system of baths, showers and pool-scapes embraces ambiguity and outness. Its neutral setting of wet rooms and sensory experiences encourage visitors to bring life to the space in their own way, at their own speed. Come in, come out, take a dip, and explore!”
“This project explores concepts of identity, body and form in the digital age. Our chosen family networks, friend networks, lovers now shift between the digital and the physical. They are collages of data, identity, time and space. This project uses manipulated data (point cloud scans) of queer colleagues and attempts to visualize the infinite network of digital connections that make our current queer community so rich and vibrant.”
“CAKE is a layered space for celebrating an online Pride 2020. CAKE is a Virtual Float where your avatar will travel vertically to experience a Rainbow Garden, a Floating Jungle and a Cloudy Ocean in one imaginary space. Our interpretation of being OUT is to experience everything at once – in any shape, form and combination you have not seen before.”
“Welcome to the Mall – let’s go on a spree! Meet me in the main hall. We’ll need to find our own way there so wind up the stairs. We might meet at the top. I’ll look out for you on the way up.”
“A communal gathering space for conversation and engagement centered around topics highlighted in each color of the rainbow flag : Red, orange, yellow, violet, turquoise, indigo, green and black. Please enter, download our guidebook and stroll through our space. If you would like to fly up to the occupiable cube gallery, press “G” and up you go. Have a good stay and thank you for your visit. Happy Pride!”
Guadalupe Koen Alonso and Madeline Barnes Planer
“Our float explores intersectionality as a spatial language. We were inspired by the question: How do we inhabit space – defined by ourselves and others – as individuals with intersecting identities? We wanted to create a space that celebrates where these paths cross. The intersections that allow us to be out, in all our identities.”
Colossal Busy Sphere
Kurtis Chen and Janice Miyagi
“Coded languages of visibility, created out of necessity by the LGBTQ+ community, result in moments of recognition that rely on the many definitions of being ‘out’. As you traverse the space, we hope the flashes of movement beyond your gaze and the opportunities for chance encounters entice you to continue to explore. To be out is to see, to be seen, and to be recognized.”
“Set on a splashy, multicoloured stage, our float acts as a host for spirited, public performances while embodying the strength of community. It celebrates the blurred boundary between inside and out through its open, skeletal structure whose integrity is based on the interdependency of its parts. Based in reality and embracing the virtual, Unity welcomes all to a Festive Fantasy Island!”