OPEN Signs: curated by Heather Kelley

Photo: Tom Magliery (
Photo: Tom Magliery (

transmediale.11 and Marshall McLuhan Salon of The Embassy of Canada present: OPEN Signs Exhibition on Open Art and Technologies curated by Heather Kelley.


OPEN Signs features the artists Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat, Brandon Ballengée, Ben Bogart, Alexandre Castonguay, Brett Gaylor, memelab and Metanet (Mare Sheppard and Raigan Burns)


In parallel with the rise of open-source software, electronics, licensing and distribution philosophies, artists have pioneered the notion of open culture systems to create works that take free access as both strategy and ethic. OPEN Signs reflects the diversity of open development and distribution strategies among Canada-based media art and culture projects, inclusive of robotics, internet, electronics, biological research, games, and video work. 


Curator Heather Kelley - moboid - is a media artist and game designer. Currently she heads her interaction design studio Perfect Plum, and conducts interface and design research in the Hexagram institute at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She is co-founder of Kokoromi, an experimental game collective, with whom she has produced and curated the renowned GAMMA event promoting experimental games as creative expression in a social context.



OPEN Signs Artists and Artworks:
- The Radio Of Songs In People's Heads and other stories by Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat
- Requiem pour Flocons de neige Blessés / Requiem for Injured Snowflakes by Brandon Ballengée
- A selection of dreams from “Dreaming Machine #2” installations by Ben Bogart
- Tafel by Alexandre Castonguay
- Rip! A Remix Manifesto; user-contributed content and remixes by Brett Gaylor
- N by Metanet Software Inc.

- royalty f(r)ee by the memelab


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Dates: Open daily from 2 – 6 February 2011

Preview date & time: 2 February 2011, 20:00 – 22:00  (following the transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture)
Address: Marshall McLuhan Salon, Embassy of Canada, Ebertstr. 14, 10117 Berlin,
Opening times: 10:00 – 18:00 Mon – Fri, 14:00 – 18:00 Sat & Sun



The McLuhan Salon features a unique collection of audio-visual material on the Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, and has been a transmediale partner presenting distinguished projects since 2007. This year it presents OPEN Signs and the Marshall McLuhan Lecture 2011 with a talk by Mark Surman.




Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Embassy of Canada, Berlin.

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