Born at the interface of Cultural Mediation, Social Design, Architecture and urban planning; and involving both research-creation methods and theoretical studies, the project “From waste land to an integrated urban campus” has led both to the development of critical and foresight reflections as well as to the creation of images of various types. Filmed or drawn portraits of the residents of the neighbourhoods close to the future Campus, proposals for possible cartographies, documentary or artistic photography, films or stop-motion, etc., the visual proposals presented below were conceived and realized within the framework of this multidisciplinary and creative research project.
To begin with, Magali Uhl, in her essay on The Visual Processes, refers to the use of images in contemporary social sciences and asks “what visual thinking means”. She proposes the idea that visual narration, in other words, the grasping of the world by image and its arrangement in photographic or filmic narratives, is indeed a method that researchers should seize to capture and restore the “depth of the social and the experience of its actors”.
In this perspective, Serge-Olivier Rondeau and Stéfanie Vermeersch present their research in the form of a film. Shot in February 2017 in Outremont and Parc Extension, The residents (Les rivérains) is a documentary, a series of interviews, filmed with the inhabitants of the neighbourhood. The two authors wanted to obtain information on how the different people live in their neighbourhood and conceive its future. They convey the reflections collected in words and images
Following are some photographs construction site of the future Campus taken between spring 2016 and winter 2017 by Serge-Olivier Rondeau ; portraits drawn of the residents of Parc Extension by Véronique Granger and Véronica Gomez during interviews with women in various organizations at the William Hingston Center, including “Afrique au feminine” and a francization course reserved to women; imaginary views of Parc-Extension proposed by designers Carolynn Cipriani, Martin Laferrière and Elise Marchal ; a stop-motion film of the Forum and one of the Symposium that restores the events related to the project “From waste land to an integrated urban campus” by Sofia Eliza Bouratsis and Serge-Olivier Rondeau.