Canada Council funds representation at Biennale

08 July 2002, Canada

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) are working in partnership on the administration and funding support of Canada’s architectural representation at the 2002 Venice Biennale in Architecture, which takes place from September 8 to November 3. Next Memory City, will reflect contemporary urban life through the use of large-scale photography, video images and a newly-commissioned sound work. It will be made up of three components: Michael Awad's Chinatown, a long horizontal photograph depicting life in Toronto's Chinatown; David Rokeby's Watch, a video-based installation in which images of pedestrians in Venice are projected onto large video screens in the centre of the pavilion; and a sound work by Eve Egoyan, which is being created in collaboration with David Rokeby. Shirley L. Thomson Canada Council Director has commented that 'Canada is becoming known throughout the world as a leader in the area of multimedia arts…we are delighted that such outstanding artists as Michael Awad, David Rokeby and Eve Egoyan are pooling their talents to create a dynamic and innovative work which will represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in Architecture.' Director of the Arts and Cultural Industries Promotion Division, Curtis Barlow, has noted that the Biennale in Architecture 'is an opportunity for Canada to display its excellence at the international level and for its artists to obtain the recognition they so richly deserve.' The National Gallery of Canada maintains the permanent Canadian pavilion in Venice, in which the Canadian exhibition is mounted, and, as the major repository of institutional expertise in the field, the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal plays a consulting role. All four organisations provide logistical support to the artists and organisers representing Canada at the Biennale. Financial support is provided by the Canada Council and DFAIT. Next Memory City, was selected for the Biennale in consultation with an independent assessment committee composed of professionals in the field of architecture. Biographical information on each of the artists is available on the Canada Council website at;