The Things We Lose


CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS - Deadline August 20th, 2014

Have you lost something or someone of significance?

We’re gearing up for our new Art in Transit project for Toronto’s subway system. Interested in getting involved?

The Things We Lose is a public art project that gives willing strangers the opportunity to reconnect with a long lost item or person of significance via Toronto’s subway system — a platform with access to over one million daily commuters.

The project runs from October 1 – 31, 2014 and will manifest in the form of 30-second video clips, presented on 292 digital monitors every 10 minutes throughout the TTC subway system, and on 66 large-format posters displayed in various subway stations.

Click for full details and submission process


LAKE EFFECT: Architects Respond to our Access to Water
Curated by Patrick Macaulay

North Design Office
Public Work
Victoria Taylor
With a visual arts installation by Labspace Studio


Don Was Here

Eco-Art Festival at Todmorden Mills
Curated by No.9 Contemporary Art & the Environment
June 21 – September 10, 2014

No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment, in partnership with the City of Toronto, launches its three-month long outdoor summer art festival. Set in Toronto’s Don Valley, visitors will experience public art installations by leading Canadian artists, participate in art-based activities, enjoy live art and musical performances, and take docent-lead tours of the Don Valley Parkland.



Meet Arthur, a solitary but loveable creature living in a window vitrine on the Danforth. Unlike humans or animals, Arthur feeds solely off the affections of others. Without these affections, Arthur will shrink, weaken and wither away. Give him some love, though, and Arthur will thrive.

For 10 days, Arthur’s fate rests in our hands. Can we keep Arthur alive? The challenge and responsibility is ours.


P/A/P/E/R – Mark Laliberte

Join us for a private reception on May 29th (3-5pm) at Capital One’s Head Office. RSVP REQUIRED:

MARK LALIBERTE is a visual artist, designer, writer, curator and soundmaker with an MFA from the University of Guelph. He has exhibited and performed extensively in galleries and festivals across Canada and the USA; he is the managing editor and designer of Carousel.


A Hydro Picnic Under the Stars

By transforming the ubiquitous hydroelectric tower into a site of social activity, this immersive installation aims to playfully re-contextualize our relationship to the mundane, functional infrastructures around us, while simultaneously acknowledging our innate human need to connect, consume and modify our surroundings.

Interactive Installation By Labspace Studio (Laura Mendes & John Loerchner)


I’m Only Human

I'm Only Human

We all make mistakes. But what does it mean to say “I’m Sorry”? This large-scale installation examines the loaded language of regret using 100 golden letter-shaped balloons and quotes collected from Rob Ford press conferences.

Entrance Installation By Labspace Studio (Laura Mendes & John Loerchner)


Renovation Nation

Since early summer we’ve been consumed (literally) by the renovations of our new live/work space in Cabbagetown. It feels liberating to finally own some brick & mortar in this city we’ve grown to love.


The Noise Project

The Noise Project brings together a loose network of artists, producers, designers, urban thinkers, young students, and the public, to examine the concept of “noise” from a citizen’s perspective.


Advice for the Living

Advice for the Living is a social experiment, public intervention and video art project created by John Loerchner & Laura Mendes, Co-Directors of Labspace Studio. The project explores the elusive and interrelated themes of wisdom, knowledge, and the ongoing search for happiness.