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'Transit: Exploring Community in Motion' Exhibit Fonds

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Date Range
2008
Material Type
Mixed Media
Accession No.
20081093000
Physical Description
14 digital colour photographs TIFF format
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of the material from those people who agreed to allow the photographs taken of them and the information collected from them for the exhibit to be donated to the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives.
Material Type
Mixed Media
Date Range
2008
Physical Description
14 digital colour photographs TIFF format
Physical Condition
Excellent
History / Biographical
In early 2008, five students from the Art 4000 class at the University of Lethbridge wrote a proposal for an exhibit to be developed in cooperation with the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives. The ideas and objectives of the exhibit are explained in the following excerpt from their proposal. "In Transit: Exploring Community in Motion In the exhibition, In Transit: Exploring Community in Motion, we intend to use public transit as a means to explore the dynamic community and diversity that resides within Lethbridge, Alberta. Using public transit as a departure point for our investigation allows us to explore an everyday activity that bridges diverse peoples and communities together into a common arena. Thus, the bus is an environment that is ripe with potential interaction. For some people, taking the bus is an experience full of interaction and stimulation. For others, the experience is solitary, or even isolating. Regardless of the type of interactions one may or may not have while taking the bus, for many of us, the experience is banal. Riding the bus is an activity that gets performed daily by many people. Common experiences such as this, however, often get overlooked in terms of its impact on our lives and community. It is this impact that we intend to investigate. Objectives We want to explore the experiences of Lethbridge’s diverse communities as they ride the bus, and bring our findings to the people of Lethbridge. Firstly, this would involve exposing the diversity that resides within Lethbridge, thereby challenging the homogenous perception of the city. Secondly, this would involve investigating the everyday activity of taking city transit. Often, such repetitive daily tasks get overlooked in terms of how they shape our lives and community. In our exhibition, we intend to reveal the importance that taking the bus has on shaping our interactions with diverse peoples. We foresee this show including about 20, primarily contemporary photographs. These photographs will be taken on the bus, and will consist of portraits of bus-goers or the internal architecture of the bus. We also plan to ask bus-goers various questions regarding their bus experience. Answers to questions such as “How often do you take the bus” or “Do you interact with people while riding the bus” will be incorporated into text panels presented throughout the exhibition. Archival photographs may be included, though it will depend on their relevance to our exhibition theme. We also plan to include a large schematic of the city’s transit routes, and mark the map where various interactions with people occurred. We are also interested in adding an audio component to the exhibit that would play interview with bus-goers as they ride the bus, or possibly simply the sounds of the bus as it travels throughout the city." The student co-curators - Kate Bossler, Megan Bylsma, April Matisz, Jordan Rule and Sharon Spear Chief - rode various bus routes in Lethbridge, speaking with people and taking their photographs and information when they were granted permission to do so. The exhibit they created, 'In Transit: Exploring Community in Motion', opened on 3 April 2008 and ran throughout the summer on the lower level of the Galt Museum and Archives.
Language
English
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of the material from those people who agreed to allow the photographs taken of them and the information collected from them for the exhibit to be donated to the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives.
Access Restrictions
Public Access
Accession No.
20081093000
Collection
Archive
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