Series of citizen ethno-documentary performances about the right to housing.
The Address is a series of performances Mockler co-created with theatre artist Sofia Blondin. This work was commissioned by Amplifier Group. The Address invited hundreds of Montrealers to dive deeply into the issues pertaining to the Right to Housing. Different stakeholders were brought in to perform and share their experiences regarding the housing situation in the Côte-des-Neiges borough of Montreal. In a neutral setting within the neighbourhood, the audience saw a live presentation by tenants, owners, community actors, activists, inspectors and urban planners on these issues. The participants shared their personal and socio-political realities directly with the audience in an interdisciplinary format (oral history, documentary, video and live performance). The Address was a horizontal and circular space where citizens could represent and mobilize together in an attempt to deal with the urgent and challenging issues facing them.
The Address was co-produced by Visible Art Collective (Veronica Mockler and Sofia Blondin) and Amplifier Group. It was informed of the 360° ethnography project Amplifier led in the summer of 2017 in Côte-des-Neiges.
Visible Art Collective would first and foremost like to thank Bénéwendé, Anna Maria, Bakr, Ismael, John, Line, Aida and Ahmed for partaking in The Address and sharing their experiences, convictions and personal thoughts with Montreal.
The Address would not have come to life without the artistic and technical contributions of Émile Lafortune. Visible Art Collective would like to thank Cégep Marie-Victorin for welcoming us into their space. Visible Art Collective would like to thank the Conseil des Arts de Montréal's Patron of the Arts Prize and the Theatre Engaging Communities Program of the National Theatre School of Canada for their financial support in this project.
Visible Art Collective would like to thank Chloé Brooks, Maxime Bourbonnais, Charlie Carpentier, Sophie Catherine Dick, Juliette Hudon, Isabelle Kalar, Jean-Christophe Leblanc, Anastasia Lucic and Lalaina Rakotoarisoa for their volunteering and magic.
Visible Art Collective would like to thank Carrefour jeunesse emploi de Côte-des-Neiges, Centre Turbine, Centre communautaire de Loisirs de la Côte-des-Neiges, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, Corporation de Développement Communautaire de Côte-des-Neiges, École secondaire Lavoie, Femmes du Monde à Côte-des-Neiges, Maison de l'innovation Sociale, OEIL de Côte-des-Neiges, Relais de Côte-des-Neiges and Toi moi et café, for their support in this project.
Visible Art Collective would like to thank Aden Collinge, Amina El Badraoui, Amélia Blondin, Annick Geoffroy, Annie Lapalme, Arthur Auradon, Benjamin J. Allard, Bruno Canavarros Girard, Dominic Morissette, Fréda Thélusma, Gabriel Lajournade, Joëlle Leblanc, Julie Beaudoin, Julien Deschênes, Julienne Garant, Kevin Mockler, Luc Tardif, Marc St-Cyr, Marie-Ève Morissette, Marie-Madeleine Sarr, Michaella Hébert, Patrizia Vinci, Patrick Beaudoin, Salamata Kinda, Sandrine Lemieux, Sean Mockler, Sir Zacharie DeLareau and Violaine Desrosiers for their help in this project.