Bucky Ball

An exhibition curated by Daniel Canty

February 27 - May 31, 2014

Exhibition opening and book launch: Thursday, February 27 at 5:30 PM

The future.
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-Expostate, 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.


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.

Scenography and objects: Daniel Canty & Guillaume Sasseville (SSSVLL)