NEXT NORTH

Solo show featuring InfraNet Lab/Lateral Office’s Next North Project
DATE
2011
Cambridge Galleries at Riverside
Cambridge, Ontario
INFRANET LAB
Neeraj Bhatia
Maya Przybylski
Lola Sheppard
Mason White
LATERAL OFFICE
Lola Sheppard
Mason White
NEXT NORTH TEAM
Fionn Byrne
Nikole Bouchard
Ceara Allen
PHOTOGRAPHS BY
Nikole Bouchard

The myth of the Canadian north is tied to its unique geography– a territory vast, sparsely populated, fragile and sublime. Yet, with an estimated quarter of the world’s undiscovered energy resources and one of the most dramatically changing climatological conditions, the Arctic has become a site of significant economic and development speculation. The sensitivity of this context, and the urgency with which it must be addressed cannot be overstated. However, there is little evidence of a holistic vision of development in the North beyond economic efficiency and expediency. How to document this complex region, and envision futures that reconcile development with traditional living patterns and fragile ecosystems will be amongst the key questions of the 21st century. The Next North exhibition proposes an alternate vision for the North, one in which architecture maintains a unique synergy with place, geography and culture.

The Next North exhibition merges documentation and projection. In a territory where reality is often stranger than fiction the exhibition introduces viewers to the remarkable transformations taking place in the North. The exhibition centrepiece is an immersive landscape installation consisting of twenty thousand dowels. This topography hosts architectural models that engage this shifting landscape which oscillates between land and water, freeze and thaw. Maps, interactive timelines, and photographs, as well as drawings and larger tectonic investigations engage viewers in new visions of the Canadian North.

The exhibition also features the work of Finn O’Hara and Greg Hemmings:

Finn O'Hara is a professional photographer who has extensively documented the landscapes of the North. O’Hara was commissioned in 2007 by the Walrus Magazine to document teens growing-up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. His work has also been featured in Esquire, Forbes, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Wallpaper, and Wired.

Greg’s Hemmings award winning production experience has taken him all over the globe: directing and producing work in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, the Arctic and all of the Americas. He is a member of the order of Wallace McCain Institute and attended the prestigious National Screen Institute. He recently won three awards at the Banff International Television Festival. Greg Hemmings is the CEO and founder of Hemmings House Pictures. Admission is free, everyone is welcome.

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