Future Perfect: New Bylaws for Civic Spaces is a hopeful, positive act of re-configuration. Bylaws that regulate behaviours in civic spaces – in this case, Toronto’s Parks bylaws – are cut up word-by-word and meticulously rearranged into a new set of rules for a transitioning world.
From this new poetic script, selected phrases are enlarged and re-inserted back into the architecture of the cityscape on billboards, acting as playful instructions, permissions or manifestos; a collection of imagined alternative behaviours unfolding throughout the city. As the signs appear across the city from the words of Toronto’s existing bylaws, an accidental poetry emerges that invites the reader to imagine new ways to move through civic space; re-constructing and re-engineering possible futures.
You are invited to help with re-constructing Toronto’s new Future Perfect by-laws! Visit futureperfectbylaws.com to submit your own new rule, using cut-up words from the original text.
Look out for Toronto’s new bylaws as they appear around the city. You can also visit Canoe Landing to see the artists at work and join in the rewriting process!
Mia + Eric and Action Hero
Supported by British Council, Farnham Maltings, the High Commission of Canada in the UK via the New Conversations Fund and Arts Council England, and The Theatre Centre, Toronto.
Part of the Public Works programming – bringing artists and audiences together in the public sphere to experience our city in new ways.