Open to graduate students, senior-level undergraduates, and emerging artists and researchers from all disciplines (special preference will be given to members of the Milieux Institute) with an interest in thinking through the question of transitioning from carbon-based infrastructure and design - inclusive of landscape, architecture and economy - to radically rethink our ecologically entangled future. Over the course of this four-day intensive, we will use La Station, the decommissioned Nun’s Island gas station (1969) designed by Mies van Der Rohe (last principal of the Bauhaus), which has been recently converted into an intergenerational community centre (2011), as a material entry point and guide, to collectively imagine and propose material and ecological transitions toward post-Anthropo-/Capitalo-cene futures.

Milieux Institute, Concordia University, Tio’Tia:ke/Montréal
La Station, Nun’s Island
CCA, Montréal

Participants: Senior undergraduate and undergraduate students; artists, researchers, designers; local and international theorists and designers.
If you would like to participate in this intensive please send a 250 word abstract/expression of interest to by October 12th 2019.

Organized by: CRCC Montreal (Treva Legassie, Matthew-Robin Nye, Karen Wong) and Professor Orit Halpern (Concordia University); hosted by the Speculative Life Cluster and the Milieux Institute, Concordia University.

Intensive runs from November 7th to 10th, 2019.
Expression of Interest Due Date: October 12th, 2019

Transitions has been organized in conjunction with the Milieux Institute at Concordia University, within a larger series of events - Bauhausx100 - commemorating the centennial year of the inauguration of the Bauhaus. This four day field-intensive has been inspired by the Bauhaus’ paradigm-shifting approach to art, design, and education.

At the intersections of critical theory, environmental studies, artistic research, speculation, architecture, and design, this four-day field intensive will use the Mies Van de Rohe designed gas station--La Station--as a starting point to investigate how we might rethink the monumental infrastructures of our carbon-based cities, economies, and modes of living. La Station affords a means to imagine a way of transitioning such sites into more just and livable post-Anthropo-/Capitalo-cenic futures. Initially a part of the broader masterplan for Nun’s Island, the gas station - with its historic link to Bauhaus - offers the opportunity to engage with issues of processual methodologies, experimental pedagogy, landscape, performativity, and expanded considerations of simultaneous and multiple living phenomena. Equally representative of a then idealized 'carbon future', the station will also accommodate inquiries of environmental interferences and mutations at both micro and macro (molecular to planetary) scales.

Over four modules, we are proposing a through-line between the pedagogical and design innovations of the Bauhaus and potential modes of transitioning into an uncertain future. The modules will guide participants through Nun’s island’s development as a model for an idealized Modernist mode of citizenship (based specifically upon carbon-based infrastructures and economies). Using the island and gas station as a point of departure, we will consider how the radical pedagogy of the Bauhaus might allow us to rethink our research methods through, for example, research-creation, qualitative exploration and ethnographic enquiry; offering tools to attune to the micro and macro scales of the local landscape and its social and technological entanglements. By engaging with both past and current states and uses of the station through architecture, ecology, art and critical theory over four days of programming, we will develop and propose speculative futures for a world in transition. During the field intensive, participants will engage in lectures, discussions, and guided workshops to work with rather than on the site. We wish to consider: the site’s written and unwritten histories through (an)archival work, art-based research, ethnography, literature, and other creative and research-based practices; the multiple entanglements of species, their resiliencies, complexities, and adaptabilities; the physical reality of the island itself as host to such varied ecosystems; and Modernist applications and consequences of then-contemporary energy infrastructures, with projections towards (other) possible futures.

DELIVERABLES: This intensive will culminate with a curated website/digital archive; where participants can share their ideas and proposals coming and develop a public archive of the project. Participants taking this intensive as a for credit course, or those interested in further developing projects, will be supported in developing their research as part of a longer term initiative. This larger project will work to develop a research platform on the themes of infrastructure, the anthropocene, and planetary futures and may include web based and gallery exhibitions, edited volumes, and further workshops.

Applicants are invited to register for the workshop with a brief expression of interest, outlining their research areas and their relationship to the topics of the workshop (max 250 words).

This is a mobile workshop. Participants are advised to prepare for light outdoor activity and some walking on unpaved terrain. The event will run rain-or-shine. For questions about accessibility and accommodations, please contact