Future Perfect: New By-laws for Civic Spaces is a hopeful, positive act of re-configuration. By-laws that regulate behaviours in civic spaces – in this case, Toronto’s Parks by-laws – 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 by-laws, 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.
You can visit The Bentway Studio (55 Fort York Blvd.) to see the artists at work during their Office Hours. Join in the rewriting process! These new by-laws are appearing across the city — locations mapped below.
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.
Part of the Public Works programming – bringing artists and audiences together in the public sphere to experience our city in new ways.