The PED Collective describes itself as “a full service organization slated to inform, entertain and educate” through a range of site-specific bicycle tours designed to reveal layers of a city’s life. Engaging a spectrum of professional and amateur narrators to populate audio tracks delivered via bicycle-mounted speakers, PED re-imagines and transforms our experiences of familiar streetscapes. The Canadian-American collective has now created three audio bike tours through Toronto’s West Queen West area that examine the city’s shifting identities, multi-faceted realities and imagined potentials. Toronto the Good incorporates literary and filmic references, Toronto the Better focuses on the current streetscape and local culture around the Koffler Gallery, and Toronto the Best channels science fiction into a call to action. Converted into the PED Station and Museum, the Gallery becomes a bicycle terminal and information hub with multimedia displays featuring a retrospective of past PED projects and a live feed observation centre that extends the outdoor experience and interactive engagement with the city.
Exhibition continues to August 21, 2016.