darlingARCADE

Skills: gentrification, postindustrial architecture, public interventions, site-responsive performance, street scenes, urban scenography

In 2009 Montreal based artists Aaron Pollard and Stephen Lawson (2boys.tv) presented a first version of boutiqueARCADE (collection 01) at the festival les escales improbables, in association with Studio 303, in Montréalʼs old port, and engaged with the location as a popular shopping and site-seeing destination for tourists. 2boys.tv set up their retail outlet in a 40ft long (12 m) shipping container. In 2011, 2boys.tv collaborated with Shauna Janssen, founder and curator of Urban Occupations Urbaines, to create darlingARCADE (collection 02), a critical response to Griffintown, one of Montreal’s rapidly gentrifying neighbourhoods. darlingARCADE was created by 15 participating artists and installed in the Darling Foundry, formerly a nineteenth century metalworks factory, presently a contemporary visual arts complex, and was exhibited as part of Montreal’s Journée de la culture. In 2014, Pollard, Lawson and Janssen have hosted an ARCADE workshop at the National Theatre School of Canada with directing and playwriting students. The workshop culminated in the creation of quartierARCADE (collection 03), also exhibited as part of Montreal’s Journée de la culture.

Recent ARCADE iterations and collections include metroARCADE (2016), a collaboration with graduate students in the School of Arts,  Media, Performance, and Design at York University (Toronto), and trachadiécheARCADE (2016), which was created in Gaspésie Quebec for  the Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie.