The City as a Canvas: Creating Transient Public Art

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Finnish Labour Temple (314 Bay Street) - Multipurpose Room
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone one is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8341
Event Contact E-mail: 

The Department of History and the Resources, Economy, and Society Research Group (RESRG) are pleased to present a free workshop on The City as a Canvas: Creating Transient Public Art being held as part of the 2015 Bay Street Film Festival’s Master Classes Series.

Introduced by Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu, in this workshop members of the Windows Collective (see bios below) will discuss their intentions in creating transient public art. Since 2008, the six-member collective has created free, public film installations in Ottawa, using private properties, heritage sites, parks and bridges as the presentation space. The artists will offer suggestions for approaching businesses and working with municipalities in order to stage a successful public installation in your city.  Complete information can be found at

Facilitator Bios:
Pixie Cram is a filmmaker and media artist based in Gatineau, Quebec. Her work includes fiction, animation, documentary, and installation. Her films have been shown at several festivals in North America including Media City (2010), the Chicago 8-Fest (2011), and WNDX (2012). Pixie Cram co-founded the Windows Collective(2008), a group devoted to the creation and exhibition of experimental works using film as basis. On top of her own art practice she works as a freelance director, editor and cinematographer.

Roger D. Wilson is an independent filmmaker based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Roger received a Degree in Film Production in 1993 from Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Since receiving his degree Roger has lived and worked in Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa and has held a variety of positions in the film industry including cinematographer, lighting technician, lighting & grip co-ordinator at William F. White International Inc and Technical Director at The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa.

The Windows Collective is 6 Ottawa artists who create outdoor public installations using super-8, 16mm, and 35mm film loops. The vision of the collective is to play with the aesthetics of residential and commercial architectural structures in Ottawa, and to re-invent a contemporary and mobile urban art practice built out of the traditions of filmmaking.

A complete schedule of this year’s films can be found at