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sean procyk, performance documentation at Collective Assembly residency, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

un/learning: reimagining the timber farmhouse

sean procyk

June 29, 2019


Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood, 4170 Riverwood Park Ln, Mississauga, ON


Exploring the complex histories of agrarian settlement in Ontario, an artist project by sean procyk invites local publics to work with him to reimagine the function of the traditional timber barn. Reflecting on how settlement and settler-colonialism have paved the way for regimes of land use that lead to disturbance-based ecologies, this program pulls resource management, environmental education, and suburban identity into conversation with each other. The central program activity will involve collectively assembling a pop-up presentation and learning space using reclaimed barn timbers. Following the assembly of the learning space, sean procyk will be in conversation with Matthew Wilkinson, historian at Heritage Mississauga, about regional environmental histories, agriculture, and settler-colonialism.


Participants are advised to dress appropriately for outdoor, physical activity.


Participants may also choose to take part without engaging in assembly process.


Water refills, shade, seating, and refreshments will be available, and this event will run rain-or-shine. Visual Arts Mississauga is wheelchair-accessible, and has single-gender accessible washrooms.


Parking is available on-site, though often busy on weekends — follow signs to Chappell House parking, or Lower lot, for additional options.


The site is served by public transit via MiWay’s 26 Burnhamthorpe bus, and can be accessed by bicycle via the Burnhamthorpe and Culham Trails.


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sean procyk is an unsettler artist and playground designer. his practice focuses on creating immersive public engagements through site-specific installation, architecture and community workshops. Each project responds to its regional context, with a particular focus on the relationships that exist between landscape, community and ecology. procyk’s work explores processes of ecological succession, land-based disturbance, human alienation and collective action. he works primarily with found, reclaimed and natural materials. procyk’s works have been exhibited at Hamilton Artists Inc., Latitude 53, Stride Contemporary Art Gallery, Elemental Festival, Convergence Conference on Art and Technology in Banff and Nuit Blanche Toronto.