SITE Magazine Launch
The Site Magazine_v. 40 Devices Launch Event
Friday July 12th 7-10PM
In 2019, The Site Magazine is focused on the concept of the device: small interventions that alter our interactions with space and effect how we experience our environment. A tool with which to navigate the world, a device may also be a ploy, a "trick with particular aim," a tactic. Devices are not merely utilitarian: they can operate on physical or figurative levels, producing new meanings through their machinations and calibrations. Imbued with intent, what do they enable us to see, optically or mentally? In the Spring/Summer issue of Site, architects, artists, and designers offer ways to create and calibrate environmental experience, providing multiple access points to redefine our world. Devices on display will include Jon Sasaki’s improvised travel adaptors and Linda Zhang’s casts of the Erie Canal as a site of untold stories.
The Site Magazine is an independent journal that addresses diverse issues pertaining to our built environment. Through a range of writing types, design projects, and visual formats, each issue advocates for a critical consideration of the layered relations of our built environment posed from varied perspectives, including the cultural, political, formal, social, and ecological.
Jon Sasaki is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice brings performance, video, object, and installation into a framework where expectation and outcome rarely align. Often charting territory between logic and absurdity, his work employs ad hoc problem solving and inefficiencies in thought experiments that search for useful models. Sasaki holds a BFA from Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB) and is represented by Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.
Linda Zhang is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson SID and a principal at Studio Pararaum. She is the 2019 Multicultural Fellow at NCECA, a 2020 Artist in Residence at the European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC), the 2017–2018 Boghosian Fellow at Syracuse University SOA as well as a 2017 Fellow at the Berlin Center for Art and Urbanistics. Her research areas include memory, cultural heritage, identity politics, material processes (namely casting and ceramics), and digital reproduction technologies.