Pre-Occupied: Free Artist Talks and Closing Reception

3pm, Sunday April 1, 2012

Part of Pre-Occupied: An Exhibition of Ideas, Objects and Occupations

Hosted by Parkdale’s newest pop-up gallery
“Pre-Occupied” is a pop-up exhibition inspired by the Occupy Movement which explores how pre-occupations are manifested in objects. Presented by the Cadence Collective and hosted in an alternative venue, the exhibition runs from March 11- April 1, 2012. The closing reception on April 1 will feature artist talks and discussion.

Artists include: Kasia Czarnota, Department of Unusual Certainties, Brothers Dressler, Hugo Didier, Heyday Design, Taliaferro Jones, Amanda McCavour, Sally McCubbin, Public Displays of Affection (PDA), Liz Pead, and Ruth Scheuing.

Exhibition: There is value in claiming space for expression and allowing room for ideas to be discussed, to grow and to transform. While social media has been credited with facilitating recent protests around the world, the occupation of physical space – the undeniable presence of people and camps – has captivated attention and underlined the commitment of demonstrators. Inspired by the Occupy Movement, this exhibition considers how pre-occupations are manifested in objects. How do ideas occupy space? How are they shared and made tangible through the creation of objects, both as process and in final form? How do those objects act as catalysts to help transform and revitalize space and discussion? Two slogans serve to organize the work: “Resistance is fertile” and “It’s not a protest, it’s a process.” By exploring a series of definitions of “occupy,” connections are drawn between the act of making objects, and issues of expression, communication, employment, community and production.

Closing reception and artist talks: Artists featured in the exhibition, including the Brothers Dressler, Department of Unusual Certainties, Sally McCubbin, Public Displays of Affection and Liz Pead, will participate in “Artists Rants.” Each speaker will have five minutes to share their ideas and “pre-occupations” before the “hot potato” is passed on to the next participant. The audience is invited to engage in the discussion. The closing reception will follow.

Where: 173 Macdonell Avenue, Toronto (please enter by the side gate)

The exhibit is temporarily occupying a pop-up gallery in a new studio/gallery space in an alley garage in Parkdale, designed in collaboration with Johnson Chou. This exhibit will be the first ‘occupation’ of this alternative venue.

When: Closing reception and artist talks – Sunday April 1, 2012, 3-5pm

Exhibition hours: March 11 to April 1, 2012, Weekends noon- 6pm, weekday hours by appointment.

More information: To find out more about the exhibition and to book appointments, please visit

Organized by: Founded in 2008, the Cadence Collective is a fluid collective of thinkers, artists and curators who collaborate on interdisciplinary community art projects. For more information, please visit

With the support of: The Ontario Arts Council.


What We Do

We provide socially and environmentally innovative design services for community housing developments and other socially and sustainably innovative projects.

We utilize community engaged design process to complete all of our projects so that they are by and for all.  We provide the opportunity for community members to participate in the design and construction of the furnishings and art in our projects.

We provide the opportunity for universities, students and professional designers, architects, artists and craftspeople to work with communities in need, to exhibit their work and to donate their work to a project that benefits the community directly.

We exhibit the furnishings and interiors to the public in order to educate, inspire and encourage dialogue about community engaged design process.

We Work For

  • design and architectural firms
  • charities and non-profits
  • collectives and cooperatives
  • private businesses
  • property developers

3 Tiered Community Engagement

Community Stakeholder Engagement

We produce furnishings and art through engagement with some/all of the following community stakeholders: end-users, local community members, community groups or their representatives.  Process can include brainstorming sessions, concept development, design development, working drawings and prototype development and final production.  Production can provide individuals with skills training or improvement.

Local Professionals

We produce furnishings and art through engagement with local designers, craftspeople, architects, artists, furniture makers, industrial designers that PDA will solicit. All pieces are inspected and approved for use in projects by PDA Management Team or a qualified representative. All professionals are qualified and include people from all stages in their careers. PDA selects designers based on their skills and their notoriety.  Well known designers draw media and design interest across projects.

Members of PDA create working space plans of all the proposed areas, an inventory of all pieces, a request for participation for the professionals, and a designer guidelines document to guide the production of all pieces.

Post Secondary Institutions

We produce furnishings and art through engagement with post-secondary design, art and furniture programs.  PDA integrates projects into courses and curriculum at various post secondary institutions including, Sheridan College and Ryerson University School of Interior Design.  Students are subject to the Designer Guidelines.  Members of the PDA Management Team will ensure students produce work according to the Designer Guidelines.

Students often volunteer with the Local Community Engagement sessions.