“Where are you traveling from?”
“What is the purpose of your visit to North York?”
“Anything to declare?”
“Do you have any fruits or vegetables with you?”
Welcome to immigration inspection. The border between downtown Toronto and North York is now under lockdown. Bring your passport, appropriate travel documents, and required identification papers to board The Performance Bus, which will take freedom seekers to the safety of AGYU’s Imaginary Homelands on Wednesday, 12 September 2012. The Performance Bus is free, departs OCADU (100 McCaul St.) at 6 pm sharp, and returns downtown at 9 pm. Due to a large number of Urban nationalists fleeing across the border, MegaCity authorities request your assistance in identifying suspicious individuals during your journey “out there.” Diligence is appreciated. Travel documents will be checked thoroughly in order to rule out the possibility that they are counterfeit or forged.
Miles Collyer is a Toronto-based visual artist whose practice is motivated by photo-based sources and issues relating to cultural identity. After graduating from OCAD in 2006, Collyer has received several awards, most notably a Gold Medal in 2008 from the Canadian National Magazine Awards. His work has been published and exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Germany and several curated exhibits online. In 2012 he was accepted into the graduate program of Fine Art at York University, leaving the position of Shop Manager at Art Metropole, which he had held since 2005.