Buying & Selling by Department of Unusual Certainties with Sara French

Exhibition runs from
September 21-October 14, 2013

Markham Museum
9350 Markham Road
Markham, Ontario
Department of Unusual Certainties with Sara French presents:
Buying & Selling
Buying & Selling is co-presented by FADO Performance Art Centre
Presented in the context of Land/Slides: Possible Futures exhibition
              There is no choice, except when you have one.
                   ~Reena Smith, Community Outreach Officer for 7 Continents
The ways we live are complex and diverse. It is our basic needs that unite us a humanity- how we meet our wants, is what separates us. Buying & Selling explores the possibilities that exist in a global housing market and how it can enrich the lives for the residents of Markham. 
Home owners, renters, nomads, and the property-curious, are invited to have a truly international experience that celebrates difference and provides choices you've never known. Join us at the Buying & Selling pavillion, located in the former Strickler home within the Markham Museum, opening September 21st, 2013, and running until October 13th, 2013. Guided tours are available daily. 
Buying & Selling is a co-creation between Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC) and Sara French. Commissioned to make a project for the Land/slide exhibition DoUC created a fictional housing sales centre, activated by a performed "Real" Estate Agent named Reena Smith, who is the Community Outreach Officer for an organization called 7 Continents. The sales centre includes three spaces where buyers can interact with the agent to obtain information, hear a sales pitch, and lastly, close the deal.
ABOUT Land/Slide: Possible Futures
Land/Slide Possible Futures is a groundbreaking large-scale public art exhibition which responds to a world in transition where the past, present and future collide. The landscape of Markham will be transformed by the work of 30 plus national and international artists to explore themes of multiculturalism, sustainability, and community.
The site-specific artist projects are housed at the 25-acre, open-air Markham Museum and Historical Village from September 21 to October 14, 2013. Markham, Ontario is Canada’s fastest growing and most culturally diverse city in one of the most agriculturally rich regions in North America. This, and the Markham Museum’s 80,000 historical artifacts including 30 pioneer buildings from the 1820-1920s, make it a fascinating backdrop for artists to explore some of the most pressing issues facing Canadians today: how to balance ecology and economy, farming and development, history and diversity.
Working with everything from digitized diaries, 3D projections and augmented reality, the artists will propose new histories and new futures for the use of land on this planet. Land/Slide will bring artists, urban planners, ecologists, educators, civic leaders and the general public together in a unique community engagement initiative that pays homage to the past and imagines possible futures.
ABOUT Departing of Unusual Certainties
Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC) operates under a self-imposed public mandate with the aim to create projects that are for a public good. Meaning we expose and experiment with the multiplicity of systems that govern our society, creating results in a way where citizens and non-citizens alike can engage with, reflect on, or react to the information and experiences present in the project. From 2011- 2012 DoUC were the Innovators in Residence at the Design Exchange, Canada’s national design museum, and in 2012 were a strategic partner of the Migrating Landscapes Organizers, curators of the Canadian pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. DoUC is Christopher Pandolfi and Simon Rabyniuk.
ABOUT Sara French

Sara French is a multidisciplinary artist. Her practice is multi-faceted, simultaneously manifesting elements of embroidery, drag, craft, drawing, writing and video. Within these medias she has developed an experimental methodology, in which performance is core. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Art History at the University of Windsor she went on to receive her Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2011. Since graduating, Sara has participated in a variety of group exhibitions throughout Vancouver, including 221a, the Lion’s Den and Gam Gallery. In November 2013 she will begin a year-long residency with Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, in Edmonton. 

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