Visual arts



Information on the activity

February 27, 2014 to May 31, 2014


Free !

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.
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. 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.

Bucky Ball, printed in a limited-edition of 50 copies, will be launched at the opening reception on February 27th at 5:30 PM.

Bucky Ball
Éditions Artextes, 2014
French, 104 p. colour, illus., 16,5 x 25,5 cm
ISBN 978-2-923045-05-4

Special event: Nuit Blanche à Montréal
Saturday, March 1st, from 8 PM to 3 AM
FREE entrance

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)

Artist bio:

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 award-winning films, librettos, and myriad other projects. Daniel Canty’s current activities include an ongoing residency at 3e Impériale in Granby, Québec, and later this year, he will undertake a 6-month residency at the Québec Studio in London, England, through the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Daniel Canty wishes to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Feed, Guillaume Sasseville, and Karine Cossette for their support in this project.