“Surviving Downtown” is a series of site-specific installations erected as a performance in downtown St. Catharines over the course of In the Soil Arts Festival 2015. The installations are composed of locally foraged materials to create “debris-hut” style structures.
The performance was conceived of as an invitation for festival attendees to engage in dialogue with the artist concerning the issue of gentrification. The debris hut is a style of shelter building used in wilderness survival situations. The location of the installations suggests people are fighting to survive there amidst development targeted to high-income earners.