Feeling disconnected? Maybe a bit lost? Caught in a rut of routine? Is work getting you down? Can’t see the city through the buildings? … Well, look no further.
This workshop explores the practices of psychogeography, improv, “situationism” and real-world immersive fiction as they relate to personal development and creative urban living. Through a series of improv games, urban explorations, public role-playing exercises and case studies, participants will work together towards the creation and implementation of an undercover public role-playing scenario. The results of this final scenario will be documented and presented publicly in a casual gallery context. A reception for this presentation will be held to share the transformative magic of the program with friends, family and the general public.
This workshop is a unique opportunity for participants to overcome doubt and fear, explore creativity, develop communication skills and confidence and be spontaneous through the active discovery and application of playful, inventive strategies for exploring the the urban landscape and the fluid space between reality and unreality in everyday life. This workshop is open to open-minded, adventure-seekers 18 years of age and older. No experience necessary.
GUERILLA ART WORKSHOP
This introductory workshop examines guerilla art practices (including but not limited to decoration, performance and installation) as they relate to community development, personal transformation, public space liberation and positive impact on the urban environment. It is geared toward people who want to develop a healthy new urban awareness while learning creative ways of making positive change in the everyday lives of their fellow citizens (one guerilla art gesture at a time). Participants will explore various media, tools and guerilla art strategies while learning to put their ideas out in the urban world responsibly and respectfully.
On completion of the workshop, documentation (in the form of video, photos, maps, etc) of final projects will be exhibited in a casual gallery context. There will be a reception for friends, family and the general public.
About the workshop facilitator:
Ryan Ringer is a transdisciplinary artist, curator and director of Project 165. He has been practicing guerilla art for ten years, working in Toronto and beyond, and (in his guerilla art practice) focuses on interactive public performance work. He has been leading street art workshops and adventure-based urban excursions in Toronto, New York City and other cities since 2004.