Client // Calgary Arts Development, Econo Us 2017
Timeframe// 2 days
Key Deliverables// Collaborative engagement, Window mural
Window Mural Artist// Christina Stein
Photography// Kuni Kawashima
Stepping into the making process together, the windows by the poolside at Hotel Arts offered participants the opportunity to collaborate on the making of a large scale window installation durning the EconoUS2017 conference. Participants coloured in an artist-created line drawing on a large pool-side window. The process was akin to an adult colouring book, where participants painted and coloured the line-work.
The final piece showcased the artist linework on the front side with the participants painted colours layered on top. The canvas changed as colours were added throughout the day.
Windows are the edge between public and private space, they make otherwise solid edges of buildings transparent offering views to the city, the courtyard and the landscape. Windows invite the public domain to spill into the private acting as a threshold to community place-making.
Double-glazed invited people to work collaboratively, build collective authorship, and share in the transformation of a window. The project explored the ability of art-making to be a collaborative process by extending the authorship of the piece to include a large number of participants to share in the challenges and rewards of the art-making process.
Double-glazed examined how to extend authorship to create connection amongst participants by framing a collective task and enabling joint-accomplishment. Infusing community place-making, window painting and collaborative making, the project revealed the shared journey of hand-painting, colouring and drawing as well as the shared rewards of the completed piece.