Signage Matrix for the Refection of the Turcot Interchange is a continuing investigation of the fate of a monumental highway interchange located in the southwest of Montréal. Completed and opened to automobile traffic on the eve of Expo 67, the now crumbling interchange has become a testament to the failures of late-modernist utopianism. Slated for a drastic overhaul, it could well serve as the backdrop in a Hollywood post-apocalyptic, sci-fi disaster film.
The work comprises approximately three hundred prints, often using both sides of the paper, referencing road signage, architectural drawings and plans, activist posters and pamphlets. Suspended on steel wires crisscrossing the Musée rotunda, they evoke the interchange’s dizzying near-sublimity more than they relay the specifics surrounding the Turcot. Tremblay-Tardif’s installation connects politics and design to the history of urban planning and current concepts of sustainable development. As the artist has stated, this body of work “articulates itself as a critique of the utterly banal proposals stemming from the MTQ (Ministère des Transports du Québec). … My work argues for a layered and complex approach to the interchange refection; basing itself in its historical, political and formal decisions while questioning the function of infrastructures in shaping, structuring and infra-structuring public space.”