Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer. His first novel in 1991 was Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has published thirteen novels, a collection of short stories, seven nonfiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Coupland’s novels and visual work synthesize high and low culture, web technology, religion, and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies.
NWT Literary Festival
May 30 – June 2, 2013
Douglas Coupland (born 1961) is a Canadian novelist. Since 1991, he has written thirteen novels published in most languages. He has written on visual art for the New York Times, ArtForum, the New Republic, the Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Moderna Museet and the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian. In 2000 Coupland recommenced a visual practice that merges art with design and text. A specific feature of Coupland’s overall work is its synthesis of high culture, popular culture, technology, post modern spirituality, media systems and mass communications. Acting as a cultural commentator, Coupland’s talk will draw on his art practice to address the notion of “public” and “private”, fiction and non-fiction.
The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay W
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8
November 28, 2012 7:00pm
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Free for Members
“Design Exchange celebrates its relaunch as Canada’s Design Museum with an unprecedented experience: creative disciplines and cultures converge in a large-scale blowout featuring a selection of Canada’s most iconic designers, architects, chefs, filmmakers, and artists.”
Read more at www.dx.org
Design Exchange (DX)
234 Bay Street, Toronto, M5K 1B2
November 16, 2012
8pm to late
Douglas Coupland + Daniel Faria Gallery
Niall McClelland + Alex Durlak
Scott Cudmore + Jonah Falco
Castor + tongtong + Matty Matheson (Parts & Labour)
“Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to be exhibiting a temporary installation of ‘Slogans for the Early Twenty-First Century’ by Douglas Coupland.
This is an ongoing body of statements Coupland has been working on, in which he has made a consistent effort to “Try and isolate what is already different in the twenty-first century mind as opposed to the twentieth.” Many of these slogans – 100 will be shown in the secondary exhibition space at the gallery — have appeared in the “Posthasteism” manifesto conference in Beijing this summer organized by Shumon Basar, Joseph Grima and Hans Ulrich Obrist, as well as in the Armory Show and Coupland’s January solo exhibition at the Daniel Faria Gallery. A version of these will also be included in Coupland’s Nuit Blanche installation at Toronto City Hall.
A new series of work by Coupland will appear in the Moderna Museet Malmö’s ‘Supersurrealism’ exhibiton this fall (show essay written by Coupland) and Coupland will also be appearing in a marathon performance work organized by Obrist with the Serpentine Gallery during Frieze.”
Read more at www.danielfariagallery.com
Slogans for the Early Twenty-First Century
September 27 to October 6, 2012
Reception: Thursday, September 27, 2012 6 – 8 pm
Artist in Attendance
Daniel Faria Gallery
188 St Helens Avenue
Toronto ON M6H 4A1
“For one sleepless night, experience the city transformed by artists for Toronto’s seventh annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art… All night long.
The lineup, released today, is made up of 158 art projects by more than 500 local, national and international artists, and includes Vancouver artist Douglas Coupland, who is part of the apocalypse project. Globally there are many art-inspired projects dealing with the Mayan calendar and the 2012 end of days, but the Nuit Blanche project is unique in the use of municipal buildings. Coupland’s Museum of the Rapture in the city hall parking lot, for example, looks at the way we view the separation of mind and body.
‘Toronto’s creepy, compressed city hall parking lot merely highlights the notion of the individual being part of a system that’s larger than themselves and that has been in motion for decades,’ Coupland said in a statement.”
Read more at www.thestar.com
Parkade Beneath Nathan Phillips Square
Enter through Bay St. auto ramp
September 29 2012, 703pm to sunrise
Moderna Museet has an eminent collection of surrealism from the crucial years round 1920-40, comprising paintings, sculptures and objects. It includes Louise Bourgeois, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Wilhelm Freddie, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Picabia, Man Ray and Meret Oppenheim. These artists, together with the equally prominent photographers Brassaï, Hans Bellmer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész, Lotte Jacobi and Paul Strand, films by Luis Buñuel and Maya Deren from the same period, will form the core of the exhibition, which also features works from the period after the Second World War to today.
Contemporary works by artists such as Nathalie Djurberg, Carsten Höller and Magnus Wallin are juxtaposed with post-war existential depths, 1960s psychedelic art, sexual liberation and transgressive approaches on identity. The prehistory of surrealism will also be dealt with in a spatial curiosity cabinet. Altogether, the exhibition is an eruption of supersurrealistic images.
September 29, 2012 – January 20, 2013
211 29 Malmö, Sweden
+46 40 6857 937
“We Were There… It’s the name of an impressive new monument in LeBreton Flats designed to keep alive the memory of Canadian firefighters killed in the line of duty or from work-related illnesses.
But it’s also a statement of bearing witness, which hundreds of people did Sunday morning as years of hard work by the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation was unveiled under a bright September sky.”
See more images from the 2012 ceremony