Archive for December, 2006

Pitfield’s Transit Vision – Eye Election Blog

December 14, 2006

An in-depth look at Jane Pitfield’s proposed transit platform. It ran as a blog link from Edward Keenan’s piece on both Mayoral candidates’ transit visions.


Affordable by Force – Eye Weekly (10.19.06)

December 14, 2006

Affordable by Force

This week, Toronto sets a controversial precedent by expropriating property to build affordable housing. But the project is far from simple, and it’s still a long way from being built

Travel west along Queen past Lansdowne and you’ll see the changes that have overtaken once-depressed Parkdale in the past few years — nearly every storefront is open for business, and though Thrift Town may not be cutting the edges of trendiness, upscale hangouts like Mitzi’s Sister and Not My Dog, and the impeccably clean M&M Carpet Inc., are all evidence of the neighbourhood’s resurgence.

However, the corpse of a three-storey rooming house continues to rot at the corner of Queen and Dowling, an echo of the neighbourhood’s recent history. The brick exterior of 1495 Queen W. has grown sooty grey-black with neglect, contrasted only slightly by fading white borders, fire-blistered and spotted with green mould. Exposed cement crumbles through large patches of chipped-off paint on the entranceway columns — evidence of the destructive intent of too much loitering. The small yard facing Dowling is a makeshift dumpsite littered with garbage bags, dismembered VCRs and a couple of overturned TVs. The few remaining windows are heavily boarded, but bear the bent and splintered abuse of attempted forced entry.

Pictures of You – / Magazine (Fall ’05)

December 10, 2006

Another piece for / Magazine.

As I walk through the Louvre, the sheer volume of artistic works astounds me. My oft-sounded complaint that we will never possibly comprehend the mass of works created in our own time grows faint in the even greater presence of such magnificent works. I take my time, spending as much of my attention on whatever interests me, knowing that all I will really get out of this is what I put into it. Around hour two of being bludgeoned by art, a fellow traveler stops me in my tracks with his own method of experiencing the history of art culture. He is crouched over, eyes fixed on the pixilated screen of a digital camera, intent on filming every inch of canvas for later downloading. I am positive that such an exercise will prove to do three things:
1. ensure that the videographer would have no specific memory of ever being in the Louvre
2. exhibit the poor quality of his filming skills
3. become another useless artifact, existing only as proof that he was there – never undergoing a second viewing


Third Eye Exercises – / Magazine (Jun ’05)

December 10, 2006

This is the first piece I did for / Magazine (the magazine for the extra-observant) from Savannah, GA.

Ok, I was given a small sample of what was only described to me as “hey, I found a new drug”. The instructions were a little more complicated than usual: use a butane lighter because you have to keep the embers hot, and smoke it through a pipe, you won’t need much, but do it all. And so I set off with a taste of Salvia Divinorum to entertain my senses. (more…)

VS: a review (12.4.04)

December 7, 2006

AntiToronto sent me to review the VS exhibition by Toronto video collective 640/480. This is what I thought.