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Cemetery Litmus Test by Andrew Hunter

Submitted by on May 15, 2010 – 8:59 am

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About : One of a series of publications to be produced by DodoLab as part of their ongoing work in Windsor/Detroit in collaboration with Broken City Lab, Green Corridor and the Tug Collective. This publication is the first in a series related to a community research project called Cemetery Litmus Test led by DodoLab Director Andrew Hunter. The goal of the project is to explore the old tombstones and cemeteries in Windsor (Canada) and Detroit (USA) that are close to the Ambassador Bridge, one of the primary trade and transport links between Canada and the United States. DodoLab is interested in looking at the excessive decay of old tombstones as signs of air born pollution in the region. The Cemetery Litmus Test is one of a number of projects DodoLab will be running and/or collaborating on in Windsor/Detroit over the coming years.

Published May 2010

Andrew Hunter is Director of DodoLab and Adjunct Faculty and Researcher at Waterloo Architecture Cambridge (University of Waterloo). DodoLab is an arts-based creative research program that employs experimental and adaptive processes to spark positive change and resiliency. Led by Andrew Hunter with Lisa Hirmer, DodoLab’s focus is the complex relationships between people and their surroundings and how communities define, and are defined by, their environment. DodoLab puts the creative process at the heart of confronting social and environmental challenges and exploring barriers to adaptation and resiliency. DodoLab is based in Cambridge, Ontario, and is a program of Musagetes and Waterloo Architecture.

Andrew Hunter continues to also work as an artist, writer, independent curator and educator. He has produced exhibitions, site projects, publications and writings for institutions across Canada in the United States and Europe. He has produced a distinct body of work on Canadian art and culture consistently emphasizing a broader vision embracing social and environmental issues and exploring nationalism, myths and popular culture. Collaboration has been central to Hunter’s practice for many years as his projects regularly include the commissioned and collaborative contributions of other creative practitioners, students and family members.

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