La Biennale De Montréal 2009 Appoints Scott Burnham As Creative Director


Claude Gosselin, Executive and Artistic Director of the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC), is delighted to announce the appointment of Scott Burnham (Montréal/London) as Creative Director of La Biennale de Montréal 2009. The Biennale will take place throughout Montréal during May 2009 as a collaborative redefinition of a biennial, working within Burnham’s theme for 2009: “Open Culture”. As Scott Burnham explains:

“We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in our relationship to art and culture. In the same way that the Open Source software movement has driven technological innovation, the tools and philosophies at the heart of remix and mashup culture, Creative Commons licensing, the Free Culture movement, and the drive for open access and contribution to creative, scientific and educational intellectual property is transforming culture itself. The line between audience and artist is blurring to the point of invisibility – in its place is a democratisation of the creative process and the demystification of the artist as shaman. The 2009 Biennale de Montréal: Open Culture will be the international focal point for the exploration of this shift in culture.”

Working across visual art, design, architecture, theatre and music, La Biennale de Montréal 2009 will be a catalyst for new Open Culture projects and the exhibition and exploration of some of the most innovative open projects currently taking place and work coming from the movement.

About Scott Burnham

Scott Burnham’s work exploring creative catalysts, urban culture and open innovation has appeared in numerous cities throughout Europe, North America and China. He is the former Creative Director for the Urbis Centre for Urban Culture in Manchester, UK, where he directed “Ill Communication”, one of Europe’s largest overviews of street art; ‘SuperCity’, a multi-disciplinary collaboration with architect Will Alsop to re-think the future of the urban environment, “At Home”, with designer Peter Saville, “The China Show” exploring contemporary Chinese creativity, and Urban Oasis with The Office for Subversive Architecture. He has also created and directed projects for London’s National Theatre, The Royal Society for British Sculpture, the cities of Barcelona and Prague, and Jude Kelly’s METAL organisation in London.

A frequent lecturer and writer on creative catalysts and cultural innovation, recent keynote lectures have been delivered to organisations in the UK, Portugal, Austria, Italy, United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, where he addressed the International Conference on European Policy. His work and commentary has been featured on BBC television, The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Sky News, Spain TV1, Design Week, Grafik, The Guardian, Icon magazine, and The BBC Culture Show. He is a contributing author to the book “Visualising the City” (Routledge 2007), numerous periodicals, and maintains a series of international projects, consultations, and writing and lecturing appearances.

About La Biennale de Montréal

Organized by the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC) since 1998, La Biennale de Montréal is curated around the axis of a focused survey of contemporary art and culture and presentations by established and emerging Canadian and international artists. The event induces the unexpected in new and recent art and presents artworks in the public spaces as well as original and important exhibitions in new venues to discover.

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