CODE Screen 2010 brings Canadian art to your fingertips

    More than 100 works of art showcased in a digital gallery available on
    screens everywhere

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - It is an art gallery without the tired feet.
No walls or parking, a zero intimidation factor and admission is totally free.
Called CODE Screen 2010, the aim of this series of online exhibitions is to
take a sample of Canada's best and most thought-provoking contemporary art out
of the museum and onto computer screens everywhere.
    CODE Screen 2010 debuts today along with a unique feature that can be
downloaded to automatically receive a fresh exhibition every two weeks
counting down to the Games. It is the second of a series of digital projects
to be launched as part of CODE, the Cultural Olympiad's digital edition, at Using the web, CODE Screen 2010 is adding to the
visual arts program that will be showcased during the Vancouver 2010 Cultural
Olympiad, presented by Bell.
    Over the last year, six professional curators have scanned the entire
contemporary Canadian art landscape to create 14 unique and easily accessible
exhibitions of sculpture, photography, 2-D, and performance/installation art
by a diverse range of artists across the country. Each exhibition has been
inspired by a work of art created by a winner of the prestigious Governor
General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, handed out annually by the Canada
Council for the Arts.
    "CODE Screen 2010 is a unique undertaking for Canadian art and it extends
the experience of the Cultural Olympiad directly to Canadians and people
around the world no matter where they are," said Burke Taylor, vice president,
culture and celebrations for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). "Through our partnership with the
Canada Council for the Arts on this project we're able to share over 100
extraordinary works of art selected by some of the top curators in the
    The first exhibition, released today, is inspired by the work Bees
Behaving on Blue by Governor General's Award winner Michael Snow, an
internationally renowned artist best known for his influential work in
experimental films. Viewers can simply press play and watch as the evocative
images automatically appear on their screen or they can go at their own pace
and create their own experience, learning more about the art by reading the
explanations provided.
    "The entire CODE project is all about using digital technology to devise
ways to connect, create and collaborate with audiences and artistic
communities," explained Rae Hull, director of CODE. "CODE Screen 2010 is
Canadian art on your screen - how you connect with it, where you see it and
who you see it with is completely up to you."
    New exhibitions will be released every two weeks and run through to March
2010 during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As a
reminder, visitors to can download an application
to have CODE Screen 2010 one click away and be alerted when these new
exhibitions are posted.

    About the Cultural Olympiad

    The Cultural Olympiad, presented by Bell, is a series of
multidisciplinary festivals and digital programs showcasing the best in
Canadian and international arts and popular culture. Launched in 2008, the
program culminates in the 60-day Cultural Olympiad 2010 (January 22 to March
21, 2010), which begins before and continues throughout the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. CODE is the Cultural Olympiad's digital
edition, a series of programs developed to creatively engage national and
global audiences through the use of digital technology.



    Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and
business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell
Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite
television, Bell Home phone local and long distance, and IP-broadband and
information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell is proud to be
a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications Partner to the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is wholly owned by
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    The Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad is grateful for the support of the
Government of Canada and the governments of all of Canada's provinces and
territories and their respective cultural agencies: British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince
Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and
Yukon. In addition to the Cultural Olympiad's government and corporate
partners, CODE is proudly supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the
National Film Board of Canada. New Media BC and Wavefront Innovation Society
are also both active participants in the project. The National Presentation
and Touring Program is generously supported by the Canada Council for the

    Canada Council for the Arts

    The Canada Council for the Arts is a federal Crown corporation created by
an Act of Parliament in 1957. The role of the Council is to foster and promote
the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. To
fulfill this mandate, the Council offers a broad range of grants and services
to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, integrated
arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing. It
also promotes public awareness of the arts through its communications,
research and arts promotion activities. Visit for more

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit

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For further information: Media contact: Janet Miller, VANOC
Communications, Tel.: (604) 403-3546, E-mail:

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