Heteropolis – Sous la surface / Below the surface – BNLMTL (2015)

HETEROPOLIS – Below the surface
La Biennale de Montréal – BNLMTL 2014 – L’avenir (looking forward)

Work produced with the participation of workers at the Hotel Hilton Bonaventure, Place des Arts, 1000 De La Gauchetière and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Curators : Gregory Burke, Peggy Gale, Lesley Johnstone, Mark Lanctôt.

Produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014 L’avenir (looking forward).

++ Ongoing intervention during the Biennale in spaces reserved for workers of the indoor city and unknown to the public. The project will be unvealed through a conference and a printed journal.

Heteropolis, Adaptive Actions (AA)’s latest conceptual framework, is manifested variously through publications, workshops, seminars and/or public interventions. For La Biennale de Montréal, AA will introduce heterogeneity into one of the anti-monuments of Montréal’s future-looking past: the underground city. This climate-controlled network of walkways sprawls throughout Montréal’s downtown, connecting such disparate places as hotels, shopping malls, office towers, Central Station, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Place des Arts. Behind the underground city’s publicly accessible service, retail and entertainment offerings, sharply contrasting environments, teeming with hidden labour, are tucked away in non-descript spaces. For their Biennale project, AA has asked a number of underground city workers, met during the initial phase of the project, to bring a photograph of a place that has special meaning for them into their often non-designed, strictly utilitarian work environment. AA will then document this heterogeneous clash of elements and render them public through an illustrated lecture, the dissemination of a printed document and, possibly, a guided tour. – Mark Lanctôt


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