Culture  Experience your surroundings

Chances are that when you walk down a street, the buildings and the physical structures around you are not at the forefront of your thoughts. It’s normal to take for granted how one’s environment affects and shapes daily life, and neglect to analyze the role played by the city’s underlying forms. A new exhibit at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), entitled Cubes, Blocks and Other Spaces, seeks to determine exactly what our environment contributes to our moods and thoughts, how we relate to it, and if it’s possible to reshape it. Curated by Mark Lanctôt, a prominent contributor to the MAC, the exhibit features works from over 30 artists, showcasing how they imagine, critique, and express urban landscapes. It will be interesting to see how a show of this magnitude will succeed at redefining our perceptions of something normally considered so mundane.