Although it will only be held May 1-31, 2009, the next Biennale de Montréal was officially launched last Monday, May 26; three projects requiring an active participation from the general public will transpire throughout the coming year, and the results will be presented at the end of the next twelve months.
Scott Burnham, creative director of the Biennale 2009, has chosen the theme of Open Culture, as it exists today in this Internet age where ideas and information are shared on an international scale.
Therefore, it is quite natural to present works in the classical circuit (Museum of Fine Arts, Parisian Laundry, SAT, Cinémathèque québécoise, etc.) parallel to several interventions, devised as various open forums on creativity, held throughout the city.
For the Open Design section, individuals will be asked to submit a sentence, and then to make a physical representation of it modeled after the creations of Stefan Sagmeister's "Things I have learned in my life so far." This experimental project inspired the graphic designer to give form to sentences extracted from his personal life journal.
Two other sections, entitled Open Music and Open Cinema, will seek the participation of individuals, during the coming year, who will create works to be presented in May 2009.