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Sep 1, 2009
Vancouver, BC—It is an art gallery without the tired feet. No walls or parking, a zero intimidation factor and admission is totally free. Called CODE Screen 2010, the aim of this series of online exhibitions is to take a sample of Canada’s best and most thought-provoking contemporary art out of the museum and onto computer screens everywhere.CODE Screen 2010 debuts today along with a unique feature that can be downloaded to automatically receive a fresh exhibition every two weeks counting down to the Games. It is the second of a series of digital projects to be launched as part of CODE, the Cultural Olympiad’s digital edition, at www.vancouver2010.com/code. Using the web, CODE Screen 2010 is adding to the visual arts program that will be showcased during the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, presented by Bell.
Over the last year, six professional curators have scanned the entire contemporary Canadian art landscape to create 14 unique and easily accessible exhibitions of sculpture, photography, 2-D, and performance/installation art by a diverse range of artists across the country. Each exhibition has been inspired by a work of art created by a winner of the prestigious Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, handed out annually by the Canada Council for the Arts.
“CODE Screen 2010 is a unique undertaking for Canadian art and it extends the experience of the Cultural Olympiad directly to Canadians and people around the world no matter where they are,” said Burke Taylor, vice president, culture and celebrations for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). “Through our partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts on this project we’re able to share over 100 extraordinary works of art selected by some of the top curators in the country.”
The first exhibition, released today, is inspired by the work Bees Behaving on Blue by Governor General’s Award winner Michael Snow, an internationally renowned artist best known for his influential work in experimental films. Viewers can simply press play and watch as the evocative images automatically appear on their screen or they can go at their own pace and create their own experience, learning more about the art by reading the explanations provided.
“The entire CODE project is all about using digital technology to devise ways to connect, create and collaborate with audiences and artistic communities,” explained Rae Hull, director of CODE. “CODE Screen 2010 is Canadian art on your screen — how you connect with it, where you see it and who you see it with is completely up to you.”
New exhibitions will be released every two weeks and run through to March 2010 during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As a reminder, visitors to www.vancouver2010.com/code can download an application to have CODE Screen 2010 one click away and be alerted when these new exhibitions are posted.
About the Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad, presented by Bell, is a series of multidisciplinary festivals and digital programs showcasing the best in Canadian and international arts and popular culture. Launched in 2008, the program culminates in the 60-day Cultural Olympiad 2010 (January 22 to March 21, 2010), which begins before and continues throughout the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. CODE is the Cultural Olympiad’s digital edition, a series of programs developed to creatively engage national and global audiences through the use of digital technology.
Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite television, Bell Home phone local and long distance, and IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For information on Bell’s products and services, please visit www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please visit www.bce.ca.
The Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad is grateful for the support of the Government of Canada and the governments of all of Canada’s provinces and territories and their respective cultural agencies: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon. In addition to the Cultural Olympiad’s government and corporate partners, CODE is proudly supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Film Board of Canada. New Media BC and Wavefront Innovation Society are also both active participants in the project. The National Presentation and Touring Program is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
CanadaCouncil for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is a federal Crown corporation created by an Act of Parliament in 1957. The role of the Council is to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. To fulfill this mandate, the Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, integrated arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing. It also promotes public awareness of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. Visit www.canadacouncil.ca for more information.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.
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