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Shortly af­ter grad­u­at­ing from NSCAD Univer­sity in 2009, An­drew Buszchak, now based in Guelph, moved to Ed­mon­ton and be­gan work­ing to un­der­stand the city through look­ing at its ma­te­ri­als, in­fra­struc­tures and lan­guages, as well as per­sonal and in­tu­itive prac­tices of walk­ing and col­lect­ing. In Pulse Points (2012), he be­came in­ter­ested in a city doc­u­ment re­lated to the planned re­de­vel­op­ment of Ed­mon­ton’s Boyle Street neigh­bour­hood, and in­serted pas­sages of this of­fi­cial lan­guage of gen­tri­fi­ca­tion into dis­used city struc­tures. “I no­ticed aban­doned street posts with no signs on them,” he ex­plains, “so I made boxes with pas­sages from this doc­u­ment writ­ten on them that at­tached to the poles and were vis­i­ble day and night. I wanted to jux­ta­pose the city’s hopes for the neigh­bour­hood with the in­fra­struc­ture it left be­hind, to draw at­ten­tion to this ne­glected area.” This point­ing to site oc­curs again in Buszchak’s Bea­con, com­mis­sioned for Nuit Blanche Ed­mon­ton in 2015, in which the light­ing sys­tem of an of­fice build­ing slowly flashes out its lo­ca­tion in bi­nary code: “This is the lan­guage that the build­ing it­self un­der­stands,” he ex­plains. “I gave the code to the build­ing in the same way you might give a score to a mu­si­cian. I like to think that the au­di­ence for the piece might be the other build­ings around it—they speak the same lan­guage.” ■

RBC is pas­sion­ately com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing emerg­ing artists across Canada and in­ter­na­tion­ally, and is proud to part­ner with Cana­dian Art on this Spotlight se­ries.

An­drew Buszchak Bea­con (stills) 2015 Doc­u­men­ta­tion video of of­fice build­ing with au­to­mated flu­o­res­cent lights and bi­nary code 9 hr PHOTO SCOTT PORTINGALE

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