Winter Island: Aerial Mapping with Sandra Smirle

February 9 & 23, 2019
Artscape Gibraltar Point
1PM – 4PM

As part of her Winter Island Artist residency, we are pleased to offer two exciting aerial mapping workshop programs facilitated by Montreal-based artist Sandra Smirle.

Participants will learn about the contemporary applications of aerial mapping, and assist Smirle in her primary research toward the creation of a multi-media video work documenting the shoreline of the Toronto Islands and the seemingly ever changing skyline of the city of Toronto.

Writes the artist:

Today, aerial imagery is typically captured by satellites, planes and drones. In the past, however, such images were obtained using kites and balloons. Weather balloons are old technology, still in use by climate scientists, who attach weather sensors known as radiosonde to them, in order to obtain measurements from various altitudes. Data collected from the radiosonde is sent back to the weather station via a radio transmitter. The concept of balloon and kite mapping is simple: tether a camera to something that flies and take pictures of the ground.

This project offers the chance for the public to join the artist a beach walk where, aside from documenting the shoreline, we can also take the opportunity to beach-clean and comb. Any found plastics will be repurposed to create a large hanging video screen on which to view the combined video-aerial-imagery we collect.

Come out and experience an afternoon of aerial mapping. See what goes into assembling a high-flying, aerial-image-making machine… and do your part to keep our shorelines clean!

Hot beverages and snacks will be on offer, as well as transportation provided from Ward’s Island courtesy our vintage AGP bus!

Bus departs at 1:00PM (12:30 ferry from City) and returns to the ferry docks at 4:10PM (Ferry departs island at 4:30PM)

About the Artist

Sandra Smirle is a multidisciplinary Canadian artist based in Montreal, who uses drawing, sculpture, paper cutting, photo, video, and installation, to explore ideas around surveillance, dataveillance and our ‘viewer society.’

Smirle graduated with an MFA (2015) from Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally, and is held in private and corporate collections in Canada, Australia, and Europe. Her work has been featured in The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, published by Princeton Architectural Press, as well as the Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star.

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