Canada at ARCO 06

Canada at ARCO 06


David Rokeby San Marcos Flow (2005), DVD
Courtesy: Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto

February 3, 2006

Canada at ARCO 06
February 7 – 13, 2006

Curator: David Liss

ARCO, Madrid

Canadian Embassy:

Canada at ARCO 06 The Canadian Embassy in Spain and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, (MOCCA), are excited to announce their participation in programs at ARCO 06 and at the Begoña Malone Gallery in Madrid, Spain from February 7 13, 2006.
New Territories: Cityscapes
Canadian participation organized by MOCCA and curated by David Liss
Participating galleries and artists: Christopher Cutts, Toronto, featuring Richard Stipl and Salustiano; Pierre-Francois Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal, featuring Alexandre Castonguay and Jerome Fortin; TrepannierBaer Gallery, Calgary, featuring Luanne Martineau and Chris Millar.

The selection of six artists from three galleries, from three major Canadian urban centres Calgary, Montreal and Toronto from three different regions of Canada, is specifically intended to reflect a dynamic and open approach to art activity and artistic practices that are diverse in spirit and globally engaged. The artists represented here are not necessarily bound by regional concerns or fashionable discourses on urban design and socio-architectural engineering. Furthermore, and similarly, the galleries that represent them do not limit themselves to rosters of artists from their respective cities or regions. The curatorial selection for Cityscapes reflects the complexity of the scene in Canada and the good news and bad news are one in the same: convenient classification and definitive conclusions will be elusive.
General Program Pari Nadimi Gallery from Toronto featuring Rebecca Bellmore, who represented Canada at the 2005 Venice Biennale, and David Rokeby, internationally acknowledged as one of the most innovative artists working in new technologies today.
ARCO Experts Forum
Panel discussion: Museums Past and Present
Wednesday February 8, 11:30am 1:30pm, North Convention Centre, Room N-107
Director: Simon Nadji, (France), Jacob Fabricius, (Denmark); David Liss, (Canada); Carol Lu, (China); Miguel von Hafe Perez, (Portugal)

Panel discussion: Urban art promotion
Wednesday February 8, 11:30am 1:30pm, North Convention Centre, Room N-112
Director: Peter Doroshenko (U.K.), Dzine (USA), Mark Gainor (Canada), Eric Nakamura (USA), Aaron Rose (USA)

Panel discussion: Quo vadis medienkunst III
Thursday February 9, 6:30 p.m. 8: 30 p.m. North Convention Centre, Room N-112
Jonah Brucker Cohen (Ireland), Feng Mengbo (China), Katja Kwastek (Germany), Derrick de Kerckhove (Canada)

Panel discussion: Asian maps II
Friday February 10, 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. North Convention Centre, Room N-112
Director: Menene Gras, Lu Jie (China), Ken Lum (Canada), Shaheen Merali (Germany), Eugene Tan (Singapur), Gu Zening (China)
The Artbus
Wednesday February 7-9
On the bus at ARCO with Video Unplugged: a video programme curated by Paco Barragán, Rául Martínez, and David Liss

Videos by: Olga Adelantado (Spain), Tammy Forsythe (Canada), María José Arjona (Colombia), Alex Apóstol (Venzuela), Javier Cambre (Puerto Rico), Hri Neil (Canada), Ruth Gómez (Spain), Heman Chong Malaysia), Chus García-Fraile (Spain), Kaoru Katayama Japan/Spain), Lynne Marsh (UK), Javier Núñez (Spain), Nic and Sheila Pye (Canada), Marco Papa (Italy), Seth Scriver (Canada), Iepe Rubingh (The Netherlands), Pietro Sanguinetti (Germany), Tim White (USA)

During 3 days he Artbus will show an exciting international video programme called Video Unplugged. Every day once ARCO has closed its doors a selected group of people curators, gallerists, artists-will be invited to get on the bus and enjoy the video programme while heading to openings at galleries, museums and other relevant events in the city. Video Unplugged is an exhibition about artists and about video, it is not about a constricting concept. These artists tackle issues among others related to consumerism, identity, relation between art and film, pop culture, hyperreality, re-readings of modernity, sports, feminism, and postmodern anxiety. And they do so with wit, humor, and engagement in an `unplugged´ manner in an unplugged environment: a bus.
Non-Celestial Bodies at Begoña Malone Gallery, Madrid.
Tuesday February 7- March 18
Organized by Christopher Cutts Gallery and Begoña Malone Gallery
Curated by David Liss

Artists: Nicholas Di Genova, Janieta Eyre, Natalia Granada, Massimo Guerrara, Luanne Martineau, Motohiko Odani, Ed Pien, Seth Scriver, Fiona Smyth, Richard Stipl,
Sandra Sue.

Featuring several Canadian and international artists from ARCO New Territories: Cityscapes this exhibition echoes the notion of the body as architectonic structure, as place; not so much in the most literal of ways but as an organism shaped by the conditions of contemporary urban space and the built environment.
Media contact: for additional material related to the Canadian galleries in ARCO or
an interview with the curator please contact email Canadian Embassy:Lorraine Choquette email : More information on :
Canadian participation in these programs is supported by ARCO Madrid, Canadian Embassy in Spain, International Trade Canada, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Begoña Malone Gallery, Ontario Arts Council, BMO Financial Group, and Toronto Culture.

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