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Calculating Upon the Unforeseen curated by Clara Halpern1967: A People Kind of Place, 2012

Still from Film 1967: A People Kind of Place, 2012

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn - Stockholm, Sweden

Super 8, 16mm and 35mm films transferred to SD video, 19 minutes 11 seconds.

In 1967 the Canadian Centennial Committee baptized St. Paul, Alberta the “The Centennial Star” on account of the quantity, quality and originality of the small town's year-long celebratory activity.  Namely, the decision to build the world’s first "UFO Landing Pad." Drawing on archival materials, the film transports the viewer to rural Alberta during Canada’s 100th anniversary celebration, 50 years ago.

The oval-shaped platform was an idea translated into architectural form, a metaphorical welcoming of all people, including "aliens", to the nation. The film explores how this site continues to function as a symbol for Canada's increasing emphasis on hospitality, tolerance, diversity and unity that began during the late 1960's. This shift in discourse and policy is evidenced by the simultaneous implementation of a point-based immigration system focused on a set of objective criteria rather than the applicant's country of origin. A complex and paradoxical structural representation of both nationalist and anti-nationalist ideas, St. Paul's landing pad opens up a historical investigation of Canada as the "instigator" of multiculturalism.

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn is a Canadian artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011, she completed the Whitney’s Independent Study Program in New York after having obtained her MFA and a post-graduate diploma in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal. Nguyễn’s work has been shown internationally in Canada, Germany, United States, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The artist has been awarded a number of grants for her research-based practice.

Video Installation


Century of Revolutions Taking to the Streets Life on Neebahgeezis Calculating the Unforeseen Independent Projects Major Institutions Event Centre

Toronto City Hall (north side)

Elizabeth Street & Hagerman Street

Suitable for all ages


The 19 minute video begins on the hour and at 20 minutes and 40 minutes past the hour.

This project is outdoors.