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Features / April 30, 2009

BNL MTL 09: Opening Open Culture

Cao Guimarães Gambiarras # 54 2005 Courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler São Paulo

The Biennale de Montreal kicks off this week for a month-long sojourn into what it is calling “Open Culture.” Sparked by an idea from urbanist curator Scott Burnham, the festival is once again organized by the Centre international d’art contemporain, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.

A variety of public and web-based projects endeavour, says CIAC director Claude Gosselin, “to encourage exchanges among individuals, to publicize creativity as well as the creative process.” The primary exhibition site is École Bourget, located near Concordia University. Among the artists included are Cao Guimarães, Richard Wentworth, Perry Bard, Mathieu Bouchard, Alexandre Castonguay, Daniel Jolliffe, Melissa Mongiat, Roadsworth, Rick Leong, Shopdropping and the Technoculture Art and Games Group. The biennial also features “Open Design,” “Open Cinema” and “Open Music” components. A full listing of projects and events is online at