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Harbourfront Centre partners with digifest 2008 for a an exciting evening of free and ticketed events on March 28, 2008. Featuring artists from Germany, the U.S., Montreal and Vancouver - and the premiere of a weekend long exploration of architecture in a multimedia theatre setting - digifest 2008: WATER'S EDGE events will examine themes of catastrophe, trauma and possibility through a series of presentations, exhibits, performances and workshops, dedicated to unraveling a better understanding of how catastrophe may touch our lives – as cause, effect, renewal and relief.

digifest is a three-day biennial International Festival of Design and Media Culture presented by Design Exchange in partnership with Harbourfront Centre and Ontario Science Centre. The public can access an online schedule of events and more digifest information at http://www.dx.org/digifest. For more information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. All events and exhibitions below are located at Harbourfront Centre - 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Featured digifest events on Friday March 28, 2008:

World Processor (Ingo Günther, artist, Germany/USA)
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Ingo Günther (who began this project in 1988) has created more than 300 illuminated globe sculptures addressing global issues. This exhibition is a selection representing the photographic counterpart to the installation work. Günther uses data mapping information and representation that correspond to global issues to illustrate the surfaces of these innocently illuminated globes. Arresting imagery provides a stark contrast, often pertaining to a harsh reality This installment of World Processor is supported generously by the Goethe Institute. More project and artist information at http://www.worldprocessor.com


Rebecca Belmore (Artist, Vancouver ) - 9 p.m. Harbourfront Centre Site
Canada's representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale presents a performance piece at the waterfront. More artist information at http://www.rebeccabelmore.com


Weathering Architecture premiere
(part of HATCH: emerging performance projects)
March 28 to March 30 at Harbourfront Centre's Studio Theatre
Performance times and details below

Architecture is the protagonist in this unique premiere performance that brings theatre, film, art and design together within the context of Toronto’s built spaces and natural/urban environment. Sound, video projections and spoken word all reside within the context of a play that captures the interaction between architectural creations, people and the atmospheric conditions and thus attempts to generate a debate about how architecture should weather the elements; snow, rain, light, wind, heat, smog etc. This production is presented as part of digifest 2008 at Harbourfront Centre. digifest 2008 pass holders are entitled to a complimentary ticket.

The play is structured around the question of how we, as inhabitants of Toronto, can uncover, recover and reconstruct a positive cycle of ‘events’ to change the negative impact of the buildings on the natural environment. Using elements of weather as a vehicle, the performance narrative reveals built environments’ impact on climate change and energy consumption from a personal perspective and presents speculative ideas about how we may be building in the near and distant future in Toronto. Weathering Architecture takes place from March 28 to March 30 at Harbourfront Centre's Studio Theatre.

Weathering Architecture is conceived and directed by Filiz Klassen, Associate Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto. Co-creators: Dan Browne (filmmaker), Chad Dembski (performer), Dan Goldman (sound composer), Brendan Healy (dramaturge and staging consultant) and Laird Macdonald (lighting/stage designer) and assistants Chris Aimone (prototype designer) and Ala Roushan (designer) . Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Research/Creation Grant.

This production is part of HATCH: emerging performance projects. HATCH is Harbourfront Centre’s annual performance residency programme, designed to incubate and foster invention and innovation in the local theatre and performance scene.Tickets cost $12, $5 (students and seniors). March 28 and March 29 performances start at 8 p.m. and on March 30 at 2:30 p.m. For tickets and information, call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/hatch.


The Wedding Rehearsal (Pierre Allard and Annie Roy, artists, Montreal )
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Brigantine Room - This event is sold out
The Theatre Centre and ATSA (Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable) create an intimate project performance-dinner to begin community brainstorm sessions leading to the creation of the group's large-scale Toronto project The Wedding. ATSA was founded in 1997 by artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy to create urban interventions: installations, performances and realistic stagings that bear witness to our current social and environmental reality. ATSA's The Wedding Rehearsal is presented by the Theatre Centre in partnership with Harbourfront Centre and digifest.


For media information, please contact:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4518 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Claudine Crangle, digifest 2008 - 416-216-2134 or claudine@dx.org
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