The Thetford Travelling Menagerie by DodoLab
About : This publication was produced for DodoLab’s program in Thetford, Norfolk, UK, commissioned by Deborah Smith as part of Thetford Art Projects and funded by Breckland Partnerships. The project took place in March, 2011, and featured community collaborations along with interventions and installations in public spaces. The project used a collection of images and stories of local creatures (past and present, real and imagined) as fables or parables to encourage reflection on the state of Thetford today.
Published March 2011
DodoLab is an art and design based program lead by Lisa Hirmer and Andrew Hunter that researches, engages and responds to contemporary community challenges, with a particular focus on the natural world, social systems, the built environment and cities in transition. They employ creative public interventions that are truly collaborative, encourage and evolve out of dialogue and critical reflection, and that strive for tangible and meaningful outcomes. DodoLab is consistently interested in the barriers to adaptation and change and engaging the public in public through projects that involve individuals and organizations who bring a diversity of experience and expertise. DodoLab’s always evolving methods of engagement reflect Hirmer and Hunter’s backgrounds in art, design, architecture, education, writing, image making and installation. Both DodoLab principals are Adjunct Faculty and Researchers at Waterloo Architecture (University of Waterloo School of Architecture).
DodoLab is a program of Waterloo Architecture funded by Musagetes and enhanced by commissioned collaborations with individuals and organizations in Canada and Internationally (including universities, municipalities, social service organizations and the arts). Since its launch in the spring of 2009, DodoLab has worked across Canada, in the United Kingdom and Croatia. Current active projects include work in Waterloo/Wellington Region, Greater Sudbury, Rijeka (Croatia), Lethbridge (Alberta), Prince Edward Island, Norfolk (United Kingdom) and in Toronto (with Harbourfront Centre and the Textile Museum of Canada). DodoLab works on an ongoing basis with such like-minded collectives as BrokenCityLab (Windsor) and proboscis (London, UK) and has been actively engaged with the Musagetes Cafe´ program.
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