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