Extraction 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. Co-edited by Pierre Bélanger of OPSYS and Nina-Marie Lister of Ryerson University’s Ecological Design Lab, the book features an array of authors and scholars from across fields of landscape, urbanism, geography, arts, ecology, media, literature, architecture, engineering, science, industry, business and culture.
This exhibition, produced by the Art Gallery of Alberta, will be launched at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016 from May 27th to November 27th, 2016, and will tour across a series of resource regions throughout Canada to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.