Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Venice – Giardini - Pavilions: The 15th International Architecture Biennale – Canada

 The Candian Pavilion – Extraction
Commissioner: Catherine Crowston, Art Gallery of Alberta
Curator: Pierre Belanger, OPSYS.
Exhibitors: OPSYS / RVTR

“Canada has become a preeminent resource base and an operating platform for the world’s mining industry.”

Canada.  The project is a response to Canada’s contemporary culture and global economy of resource extraction. Canadian transnational corporations currently operate close to 9,000 mining projects worldwide, in nearly every country, continent, and ocean on the planet. As a multimedia initiative, the project explores the current and historic legacy of resource extraction from a Canadian perspective with an installation, film, and book featuring prominent creators and influential thinkers, past and present, on Canada’s global resource empire.
Above. The bags contains 100g of ore from a gold mine in the region of Furtei, Sardinia. The concentration of gold in the Earth’s crust globally is estimated to be as low as 1 part per billion (ppb).  With contemporary extraction technology, these concentrations must reach at least 1 part per million (ppm) for a mine to be commercially viable. As the concentration of a deposit decreases, the environmental  effects dramatically and irreversibly increase.


Canada – Geoffrey Thun, Kathy Velikow of RVTR and curator Pierre Belanger/ OPSYS

Photograph courtesy – Canadian Pavilion
The Canadian Pavilion

Gold Ore (Au, Cu, Pyrite) 30X Zoom
Concentration 1 : 1,000,000,000 (1 PPB)

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