I don’t understand most of what they write — I’m certain it’s brilliant, but the language is simply too dense for me to casually parse (where they say “experimental co-creative lab for engaging with communities” I might say, for example, “neighbourhood party”).
Verbiage aside (and, heck, I’ve been known to engage is verbiage-play myself), I find the undercarriage of their activities to overlap a lot with stuff that fascinates me. And so I’m kind of excited about DodoLab Charlottetown even though I quite haven’t figured out what it actually is yet. Here’s Shauna’s description of it:
DodoLab Charlottetown has been commissioned by the Confederation Centre. This iteration will include a full week of creative field research and three days of public activity involving a diverse team of students and professionals. Inspired by the Experimental Farm, this DodoLab has been designed to engage with a variety of issues including evolving ideas about farming and agriculture, public and common space, guerrilla and urban gardening and concepts of what is “green,” sustainable and “natural”. DodoLab will engage the public in playful creative exercises in order to investigate, document, and share ideas inspired by a particular local situation that has deep relevance nationally and internationally. Findings from this community-based project will be published on line and presented in the fall.
I think that means “cool people from away hanging out in Charlottetown for a week doing cool stuff.” I believe chickens may be involved, but I’m not sure.
In any case, the Dodoids want your help even before the party gets started. They seek answers to the following:
- What do you remember that is no longer here?
- What would you bring back?
You can email your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org (you might post them here too, as I’d be interested to read what you have to say). If you want to follow along more closely, www.dodolab.ca seems like the place to be.