Piece by Lauren Simms
The House Project is Open by Appointment for the next week or two
Initially we thought the house was scheduled for demolition tomorrow, but last Thursday we were told that we have a couple weeks before the house is knocked down. SO: If you missed the House Project during its open hours, but you’re dying to see it in swing before the wrecking ball (a little worse for wear, but still pretty cool) you can book an appointment and I’ll do my best to set-up a time to view the space. Drop me a line in advance: email@example.com or 403-616-3147
Audio/Visual piece by Laura Featherstonhaugh
Photo by Randy Gibson
Holy heck, the last three days have been a whirlwind. The House Project, after being featured in the Calgary Herald on Thursday, and Swerve Magazine on Friday, managed to scoop an audience of 400+ people at the Opening, and about 600 over Saturday and Sunday, for a total of 1000 viewers! (including my 86 year old Grama…)
And while that number is pretty baffling to me, as the curator and an artist in this entirely independent, community-run show with a budget of $400 plus a $190 Totem Gift Certificate, I reserve the majority of my admiration for Lane, Danny, Ian, Lauren, John and Wayne. For me, at least, this project has been an awesome, challenging and educational experiment in re-imagining potentials and trusting in my peers. Ashley and Chris, the next-door-neighbours and commissioners of this piece said nothing but YES throughout this entire process. For the House Project, encouragement and unconditional faith have been fantastic catalysts towards free imagination. I’m sure this won’t the last project of its kind in Calgary, but it might be the first one, with the least pressure, and the greatest pay-off.
In the next day or two, I’ll be posting images from the Opening of the House Project, but in the mean time, take a look at Drew Anderson’s take on the House Project for Swerve Magazine here.
Art house: Calgary home set for demolition turned into creative project.
Journalist Heath McCoy of the Calgary Herald came to check out the House Project a couple days ago. He composed this article about what he saw. Moments later, video journalist Rick Donkers of the Calgary Herald recorded the above video segment about The House Project.
But don’t worry. In between bouts of surprising media attention, we’ve still managed to focus at least a little bit on the project itself…
Photo of Danny Kirk in his space by Stuart Gradon, Calgary Herald
Janet Dirks from CTV news came and interviewed Lauren Simms, Ian Ward, Daniel Kirk and (indirectly through Kevin Green) Wayne Garrett and myself a couple days ago. The footage played on the National News at 11 pm on Friday. Again, internet-magic can also be employed to watch the segment by clicking here.
Wayne Garrett and I had the fantastic fortune of scoring this amazing slide from CDC Recreation (the same folks who remove old playground equipment for the City, refurbish anything salvageable, and send the used playground equipment to 3rd World Countries). This is the story of us making up our minds where to install it, and then doing just that.
Special thanks to Wayne from the City of Calgary, and Mike from CDC Recreation.