Exhibits – Outdoor Works
Exhibits – Outdoor Works

Exhibits – Outdoor Works

Photographic intervention on two bus shelters of the RTC bus system

Bus stop 1263
Dorchester/De Sainte-Hélène (La Fabrique building/École des arts visuels)
Quebec city, Quebec

Bus stop 1583
René-Lévesque Est/de Claire-Fontaine (in front of Grand Théatre)
Quebec city, Quebec

Ron Benner (London, Canada)

Ron Benner

Why is the Tomato to Blame? (2014)
Digital photographs

For Manif d’art, Benner is presenting one photographic diptych on two separate bus shelters. In the work Why is the Tomato to Blame?, he juxtaposes the image of an Indian woman with that of a woman in a supermarket in Weston, Ontario. The latter woman, photographed by Bill Madison, was killed in 1961 when a pyramid of cans of tomatoes came crashing down on her.

Carré Lépine

du Pont street, between Fleurie Street and Saint-Vallier Street East
Quebec city, Quebec

Abbas Akhavan (Toronto, Canada)


Untitled Garden (2014)
In situ intervention

Untitled Garden, profoundly linked to the notion of time, is an animated garden in the lot near the Coopérative Méduse. First, cedar trees are arranged haphazardly around a bare path through the grass, formed by pedestrians frequently crossing the lot. Like a game of chess, the trees are then moved around to create a perfectly straight and perpendicular alignment with the path, thereby redirecting the pedestrian traffic.

Delfina Foundation

Gabrielle-Roy Library

(Wall facing de la Couronne Street)
350, St-Joseph Est
Quebec city, Quebec

Giorgia Volpe (Québec, Canada)


Résilience (2014)
In situ intervention

Using a contextual and interventionist approach, the project Résilience creates a Situationist game with several meanings. In this work Volpe superimposes the word “Résilience” on a wall of the Gabrielle-Roy library. Created on site, the giant letters make material the multiple meanings of the word. Encompassing physical and psychic ideas, but also ecological ones through adaptation to the environment in a state of transformation, the concept of resilience enters into a dialogue with the chosen site. This project demonstrates Volpe’s interest in the boundary that exists between our actions and the real transformation of public space, as well as the complex relations between the powers that be and our power to change things.

Le Grand Théatre de Québec

269, René-Lévesque Boulevard East
Quebec city, Quebec

Thomas Kneubühler (Montréal, Suisse)


Access Denied (2007)
Inkjet prints on banners

Private Property (2006)

In the outdoor installation Access Denied, Kneubühler presents giant portraits of security guards looming over passers-by near the Grand Théâtre in Quebec City. Kneubühler’s desire to explore unfamiliar or forgotten territory has led to his interest in themes around break-ins and surveillance, as well as the boundaries between public and private spaces. The series Private Property, being presented inside the building, shows us deserted places that are generally forbidden to the public. Kneubühler works by night, when only the security personnel appear to be on the premises. Together, these two series reflect his interest in the North American concern for security and private property.

Faubourg’s elevator

417, rue Saint-Vallier Est
(418) 704-6624

May 3 to june 1st 2014
Lundi au mercredi de 7 h à 19 h
Jeudi et vendredi de 7 h à 22 h
Samedi de 10 h à 22 h
Dimanche de 10 h à 19


Michael McCormack (Halifax, Canada)


STATION (2014)
Sound installation

STATION, presented inside the Faubourg’s elevator, takes up the broadcasting of anti-fascist short-wave communications between Madrid and Canada from 1936 to 1939, during the Spanish Civil War. The elevator travels approximately the same distance as a single short wave on the frequency used by Canadian volunteers to transmit signals between the two countries (31.65 megacycles or 9.4786 metres). As this is the height of the floor of the building, the distance travelled provides an opportunity to replicate the temporal nature of the archival documents in the private setting of an elevator’s sound environment.