Ecological Rehearsals: Shift, Toronto, Ontario - architecture and design

Ecological Rehearsals: Shift, Toronto, Ontario



The walls of Richard Serra?s Shift trace a zigzag through a farmer?s field in King City, Ontario. Photo by Simon Rabyniuk and Pooya Aledvood
In the face of the climate crisis, contemporary ecological artists are investigating radical contingencies between site, mediating systems and viewers. French artist Pierre Huyghe?s work, for instance, creates haunting architectural spaces, inhabited by humans as well as other living beings and processes. Korean-American Anicka Yi, on the other hand, creates uncanny sculptures by deploying unorthodox materials such as ice crystals and bacterial agents in open-ended, evolving environments.
But this kind of approach might also be found closer to home. We propose recuperating Richard Serra?s Shift, first performed in 1972, as a prototype for contemporary ecological art. Prototypes demonstrate the potential of a concept, while perhaps leaving certain claims unfulfilled. Works such as Shift, along with other pieces of ecological art, reflect a larger need to think about how spatial practices, like sculpture or architecture, perform?rather than their mere imageability. Constructed in a farmer?s field in King City, north of Toronto, Shift entails a series of concrete walls, alongside which today, native and invasive species root leeward. These stems, leaves, roots and flowers fill in a zigzag territory, bounded by the cultivated fields around the walls. The former, a community of species, stands in contrast to the single-mindedness of this y...
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