5th International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN)

Date and Location

November 19, 2021 — January 2, 2022 (now),
Montréal, Canada
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The 5th International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN), organized by ELEKTRA, returns this fall to Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal. Postponed due to the sanitary situation, the BIAN, a major exhibition entirely dedicated to contemporary digital art and presented since 2012, will be held from November 19, 2021 to January 2, 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. Curated by DooEun Choi from South Korea, with East Asia - South Korea, Japan, China - as the guest region, BIAN will bring together 17 works, some of them North American and Canadian premieres, by 15 local and international artists and collectives.

What kind of individual or societal transformations will follow the global pandemic of 2020?

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.

The 5th International Digital Art Biennial, on the theme METAMORPHOSIS, searches for meaningful core patterns by revisiting this triangular relationship to encourage diverse discussions about humanity in an age of uncertainty.

Co-curated by DooEun Choi, Art Director of Hyundai Motor and Alain Thibault, General and Artistic Director of ELEKTRA.

— Source: event's website

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