February 27 to May 31, 2014
Exhibition opening and book launch: Thursday, February 27 at 5:30 PM
Tour of the exhibition lead by the artist: Saturday March 15 at 2 PM
The future isn’t.
The future isn’t like it used to be.
But it still looks like itself.
Montréal seems to me like a city of lived science fiction.
Written and developed over the course of Canty’s research residency at Artexte in the fall of 2013, Bucky Ball is both an exhibition and a novel – part one of a literary trilogy – that ricochets through time and space to reveal the people, places and things that intersect the artist’s life.
Bucky Ball is a memory chamber that draws on Canty’s many tangential connections to the Expo 67 site on Ile-Ste-Hélène. The narrative is inspired by a childhood bike ride the 1980s that led him from Montréal’s suburbs to visit Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller’s geodesic dome in its post-Expo state, the photographs, objects and words allows us to discover a “science-fictionalized” universe, where the past reminds us of what once was, and what we hoped to become.
Scenography and objects: Daniel Canty & Guillaume Sasseville (SSSVLL)
Bucky Ball, printed in a limited-edition of 50 copies. Only 2 copies left!
Éditions Artextes, 2014
French, 104 p. colour, illus., 16,5 x 25,5 cm
Design: Daniel Canty & Feed (La table des matières)
Limited edition of 50 copies
Special event: Nuit Blanche à Montréal
Saturday, March 1st, from 8 PM to 3 AM
As part of the Nuit Blanche activities, Daniel Canty will present two readings from his book, Bucky Ball, at 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM. (In French)
In addition, two documentary shorts on Expo 67, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, will be screened continuously from 8 PM until 3 AM.
Objectif : EXPO 67 (1967, William Brind, 8 min 21 s)
Le Pavillon du Canada (1967, Marc Beaudet, 18 min 58 s, in French)
Daniel Canty has produced many innovative works in literature, film, design, theatre, as well as the visual and media arts, and he is well known for his collaborations with other creators from these fields. In addition to his recent literary work (Wigrum, 2011; Le Livre de chevet, 2009), he has produced site-specific installations in libraries and former train stations (Bruire, 2013; Le Tableau des départs, 2010), and produced films, librettos, and myriad other projects. Daniel Canty’s current activities include an ongoing residency at 3e Impérial in Granby, Québec, and later this year, he will undertake a 6-month residency at the Québec Studio in London, England.
Daniel Canty wishes to thank his collaborators: Karine Cossette, Melina Schoenborn, Charmant & Courtois, Aimée Verret, Rosalie Lavoie, Émile Mongiat, and the CALQ, who supported the writing of this project.
Posted February 18, 2014, revised May 22.