Culture Days: Reshaping Ruins presented by Guelph’s Artists in Residence

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September 24, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Experience the Goldie Mill Ruins brought to life through light, art, and sound! Reshaping Ruins is an interactive art project that nurtures the community’s connection between the historic past and vibrant present of Goldie Mill Ruins. The project will reanimate Goldie Mill by bringing community-made visual art, poetry, and music into the space.

The project began with a call for poetry, with the winning submission by Jeremy Luke-Hill being used as the text for a choral composition, based on the creative prompt “How does it feel to experience an old space in a new light?” Local singers of all experience levels were invited to an interactive workshop where they learned, performed, and recorded the choir piece. The choral recordings were then manipulated into a more abstract, ambient track to be played during the exhibition to inspire the visual art component.

The culminating exhibition will feature collaborative painting projections, light, and sound. The projection will consist of abstract and gestural painting, paired with video footage of life in Guelph. The collaborative painting will mix with the music, and animate the sounds flowing through the space, while the videos will highlight the movements of people and nature in Guelph bringing the motion of life into the ruins. The works will be projected in real-time as the audience interacts with the space, casting shadows onto the old building and bringing it to life with movement.

This project is created by Guelph’s 2022 Artists in Residence – Sophia Chilton, Caleb Bray, and Silas Chinsen.

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