The Bentway and SKETCH Working Arts present HEAR US, the first installation from a multimedia series called Reconstructions of Home that has been created by local artists and community organizations to celebrate the thousands of people who lived through–and were lost to–homelessness. With HEAR US, artist Ryan Weaver creates a soundscape of stories and recollections from homeless community members as the backbone to understanding the hidden histories of Toronto’s homeless culture. Collected stories will later to be mixed and synthesized into a cohesive soundscape and audio tour for several sites under the Gardiner.
The project intends to archive and amplify voices of those experiencing homelessness and contribute to changes and development in Toronto. The story and image collection in this installation will inform the further development of the public realm under the Gardiner Expressway.