Archive | November, 2011

November Winner: IKEA Hack Installation

30 Nov

Drawing attention to Toronto homelessness by furnishing public spaces with the hacked-together remnants of IKEA goods.

What’s your project?
Creating shelters for homeless people from Ikea furniture that provide an aesthetic value to Toronto.

How will it save humanity from itself?
By creating and implementing a distinct artistic project that opens larger public dialogue about homelessness, how public space is used, and the boundary between the moral and aesthetic.

The November Short List

29 Nov

6 Degrees of Invitation: <Insert Bacon joke.> “The supper invitations will be handed out to people who, if they accept the invitation, write their name on the card and then pass it on to someone else who they think is particularly cool, inspiring, and challenging. The invitation is passed on until all 6 slots are filled. The last invitee mails the stamped postcard-invite back to us so we have a record of who will be attending dinner.”

Canadian Citizen Chronicles: A blog and online support group for international sufferers of Tarlov Cyst Disease. Led by a Toronto health activist.

Carly Dunster, Food Lawyer: Lawyer drops day-job to assume awesomeness as legal navigator of the food industry. From savouring to saviour-ing, this lady will offer support to food entrepreneurs so it never gets too hot in the kitchen.

The Dreamcatchers: Theatre performances inspired by the crowdsourced dreams, aspirations, and hopes for the future.

IKEA Hack Installation: Drawing attention to Toronto homelessness by furnishing public spaces with the hacked-together remnants of IKEA goods.

Super Street Fire – Turbo Champions Edition: “Each [player] wears a pair of gloves that reacts to specific gestures and a  headset that reads their brain activity. The participants face off by  controlling a two-dimensional ring of fire, creating flames of their own  color to attack and defend. A punch or throwing motion will send a  single wave of fire towards the other player’s side; raising a hand in a  blocking gesture will create a stationary pillar of fire that will  block the oncoming wave; a consistent focused thought will send a rapid  pattern of flame across the entire ring.” [Ed. Note: Paraphrasing just couldn’t do this justice.]

Holiday Cards for The Needy: Helping members of Out of the Cold send photos and Christmas cards to loved ones.

Neighbourhood Diaries:Nathalie seeks funding for a programme allowing children to express their perceptions of the world around them as stories and art, developed through local, community workshops.

Poetry Wall: Teenager builds virtual poetry wall to create real-world awareness. Joshua takes his passion for poetry to create fundraising events, express the importance of literacy and emphasis the power of human rights for free speech. Less about X-factor, more about A-factor. Awesome.