La Biennale de Montreal 2014: L’avenir (looking forward)

When 22 Oct 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
Where La Biennale de Montréal
304-460 Sainte-Catherine W.
Montreal H3B 1A7
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L’avenir (looking forward) examines recent developments in contemporary art in relationship to speculation, futurity and the history of future projection, and the currency of projecting into the future. The idea of “what is to come” provides a framework for considering our current condition from geopolitical, environmental, technological, scientific, social, cultural, ideological, economic, ethical and metaphysical perspectives.

Accordingly, BNLMTL 2014 will present film, sculpture, photography, painting and installation that respond to current conditions by considering “what is to come”. It will include works that are socially responsive to challenges presented by possible futures and situational, performative and temporal practices that address the vexed questions of the current agency of art, its transformational potential and ability to influence the future.

States of performance and temporality are evoked in the project title by the idea of “looking forward”, which involves an action that simultaneously engages the present and future. To look forward implies picturing a future moment: this process is intrinsic to the project, which examines the relationship of sight to consciousness and its role in both witnessing the present and imagining the future. Ultimately,L’avenir (looking forward) aims to look backwards from possible futures to consider the present and to address the connectedness of the local to the global.

BNLMTL 2014 is presented by La Biennale de Montréal and co-produced with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.


Abbas Akhavan
Adaptive Actions
Edgar Arceneaux
Arctic Perspective Initiative
Nicolas Baier
Taysir Batniji
Amanda Beech
Ursula Biemann
Raymond Boisjoly
Andrea Bowers
Matthew Buckingham
Mikko Canini
Simon Denny
Dave Dyment
Charles Gaines
Ryan Gander
Babak Golkar
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Nicolas Grenier
Isabelle Hayeur
Thomas Hirschhorn
Klara Hobza
Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens
Simone Jones and Lance Winn
Emmanuelle Léonard
Ann Lislegaard
Basim Magdy
Lynne Marsh
John Massey
Jillian Mayer
Shirin Neshat
Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen
Susan Norrie
Melik Ohanian
Li Ran
Kelly Richardson
Kevin Schmidt
Steele & Tomczak
Hito Steyerl
Oleg Tcherny
Althea Thauberger
David Tomas
Étienne Tremblay-Tardif
Susan Turcot
Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan
Hajra Waheed
Lawrence Weiner
Krzysztof Wodiczko

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