The 5th International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN) presents: METAMORPHOSIS
Montreal `s Arsenal Art Contemporain is proud to be the host of the 5th International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN), organized by ELEKTRA. The BIAN, a major exhibition entirely dedicated to contemporary digital art, will be running from Nov 19th, 2021 to Jan 2nd, 2022.
After a cycle around the theme AUTOMATA: Art Made by Machines for Machines, the theme of this 5th edition will be METAMORPHOSIS – a topical subject that echoes the pandemic situation and the changes it brings in our lifestyles.
“Metamorphosis refers to the classic Book of Changes (I Ching) and proposes that today, one of the fundamental effects of constant change is to broaden our understanding of the relationship between humanity, nature, and technology.
“According to the Book of Changes, human society is in constant transformation, and everything is subject to change; yet at the same time there is a core that never changes. By understanding this core profoundly, it is therefore possible to foresee the future.”
Co-curated by Hyundai Motor Company, South Korean art director DooEun Choi and Elektra artistic director Alain Thibault, This year`s exhibition has a special focus on East Asia as a guest region (South Korea, Japan, China).
The BIAN will bring together 17 works, ( some of them North American and Canadian premieres), by 15 local and international artists and collectives.
Metamorphosis features robotic installations by Michel de Broin and Samuel St-Aubin, interactive installations by Louis-Philippe Rondeau and Daniel Iregui, as well as excerpts from video works by Ryoichi Kurokawa, Herman Kolgen, Refik Anadol, Justine Emard, Adad Hannah, Lu Yang, exonemo, Mattie Tesfaldet, Xavier Snelgrove and Shinseungback Kimyonghun.