Recent graduates Khalid Al Nasser (MArch'10) and Taryn Sheppard (MArch'10) will install their project CSB-NR in the Daniels laneway at 230 College Street for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010, Toronto's annual sunset to sunrise celebration of contemporary art.
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CSB-NR: Auditory Hazard
Cognizance Systems for Blase-Neurasthenic Recovery
Information (stimuli). Infrastructure (function). Garbage (culture).
Our urban reality delineates a habitat that is antithetical to what is collectively deemed as Wild. In transgressing the urban threshold, the metaphysical elements of nature become idealized as numinous and spiritual.
Is it possible that such elements exist in our urban environment? Perhaps our built environment is not merely a dead, static, fixed artifice.
Within an invisible labyrinthine network of life-sustaining infrastructure lies perpetual movement and activity. Beyond the hardened walls and concrete surfaces, this system continues to grow and adapt with its inhabitants – not unlike a mollusk within its shell.
A closer look confronts this bizarre phenomenon and constructs an empathetic link between the individual and the architectural infrastructure in which they dwell.