Multimedia exhibition EXTRACTION has been selected through a national competition to represent Canada at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The project, led by landscape urbanist Pierre Bélanger, features work from design and media organization OPSYS, architectural firm RVTR, Ryerson University’s Ecological Design Lab, and Studio Blackwell.
EXTRACTION explores Canada’s “extractive industries and mineral lives,” delving into “the architectures, histories, and economies of Canada’s culture of resource extraction, to profile the rise of a ‘global resource empire’ where, in the words of revered political economist Harold Innis, ‘Canada has emerged as a political entity not in spite of its geography, but because of it.’”
Overall, the project will feature an installation, film, and book, “addressing the ecologies and territories of resource extraction,” and bringing together perspectives from business, history, art, and activism, among other things.
EXTRACTION will be on display in Venice from May 27 to November 27, 2016. Learn more about the project here.
News via the Canada Council for the Arts.