BNLMTL 2014 L'avenir

Written by: Chelsea Love

Phototgraphed by: Ramata Coulibaly

Location: The Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal


The biennale of Montreal was worth the wait. "I wanted a line-up" says Creative Director, Sylvie Fortin And that's what she got.

Greeted for a formal event, open bar and some sweet snacks, this year's biennale tackled the digital art wave with a concentration of technical beyond the natural.

Curating pieces such as 400 Instagram Girls by Jillian Mayer and Diving Through Europe, depuis 2010 by Klara Hobza all documenting a movement of natural vs unnatural behaviour beyond the internet age. Environmentalism and preservation of the human psyche morphed through paintings, sketches and installations. Human behaviour is analysed through video narrative, discussing collective consciousness and the desensitization of our culture through electronic devices.

A poignant example is Return to noreturn 2 2014, by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, who filmed children in their natural environment left for a sleepover on hard metal bunk beds with their favourite technology devices as they socialized, played and eventually slept on the cold hard beds while a screen played incessant noise and shapes congruent with the effect of white noise.

Overall the biennale satisfied our palette for a new age in digital art and will be running over the next few months at The Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal 185, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, 22.10.14 - 04.01.15