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Bill Burns’ work about advanced industrialism, nature, goat’s milk, and honey bees has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Mendes Wood Gallery, Sao Paulo; the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

He has  published nine books with publishers in Canada, Germany, USA,  UK, and Denmark. His most recent title Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us, is published by Black Dog Publishing, London, UK (2016). His artists’ editions are included in collections at Tate Britain, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Getty Center, Los Angeles. Bill is also Artistic Director of the Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Experimental Children’s Choir. The choir has produced live performances and audio works at festivals in Australia, Argentina, the UK and Canada.

He is represented by MKG127, Toronto; C4 Contemporary, Los Angeles; further enquiries can be made at Mendes Wood, Sao Paulo.

EDUCATION

Master of Arts, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, London, England

BFA, University of Victoria , Victoria, British Columbia

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS and PROJECTS

2018 Amden Atelier, Amden Utopian Colony, Amden, Switzerland

2017 MKG127, Toronto

2016 Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Wavelength – Resonance Radio, London, England

2015 Bienal de Ansucion, Asuncion, Paraguay

2014 Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland

2013 MKG 127, Toronto Biennale de St Etienne, St Etienne, France

2012 Davis Museum, Barcelona, Spain

Mulherin + Pollard, New York

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

C4 Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2011 Mendes-Wood Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Klondike Institute for the Arts, Dawson City, Yukon

2010 Fundacion Cristina Enea, San Sebastian, Spain

MKG 127, Toronto, Canada

Quebec City Biennial, Quebec, Quebec

2009 Kunsthalle KBH, Krabbesholm, Art, Architecture and Design,

Skive, Denmark

Doris McCarthy Art Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto

AM Richard Fine Art, Brooklyn, New York

2008 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

MKG 127, Toronto, Canada

2007 KW – Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

California State University – Fullerton, Los Angeles

2006 Amdem Atelier, Amden Utopian Colony, Amden by Zurich,

Switzerland

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

2005 Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Bienal de Curitiba, Memorial de Curitiba, Curitiba, Brazil

2016 The Art Museum, University of Toronto, Toronto,

2015 Rich Mix, London, England

Galerie Yoko Uhouda, Liege, Belgium with C. Daviet-Thery, Paris

2014 Bienal of the Moving Image, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2012 MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass, USA

Staats und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky,

Hamburg, Germany

2011 Arnolfini, Bristol, England

Kunstraum d21, Leipzig, Germany

Biblioteca Aguilar, New York

2010 Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Tensta Konsthall, Spanga – Stockholm, Sweden

Zentral Bibliothek, Zurich, Switzerland

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Fuglsang, Denmark

2009 Kunsthallen Brandts Odense, Denmark

Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark

Andreas Grimm Galerie, Munich, Germany

2008 Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles

AKI, Enschede, The Netherlands

2007 El Basilisco, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Orchard 47, New York

The Reading Room at the Olin Library, Washington University,

Washington, USA

The Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design, USA

2006 Safe: Design Takes on Risk, Museum of Modern Art, New York

AWARDS

2017 Art Angel Everywhere – Shortlist, Art Angel Trust, London

2015 Canada Council Paris Studio – Cite des Arts, Paris

2013 Canada Council for the Arts, Long-Term Grant

2012 Saari Artist-In-Residence, Kone Foundation, Helsinki, Finland

2011 Canada House Arts Trust Grant, London, England

Ontario Arts Council, Established Arts Grant

2009 MacDowell AIR Fellowship, Peterborough, New Hampshire

2009 Leon Levy Foundation Grant, New York

2008 Danish International Visiting Artist Award, (DIVA) Danish Arts

Agency, Copenhagen

2007 Ministry of Culture Travel Award, Government of Argentina

2005 Alcuin Award for Book Design, to Zab Design for Safety Gear for

Small Animals, (conception Bill Burns) Vancouver

2004 Best Media Arts Award, (for Machine Guts in collaboration with

Christina Zeidler), Images Festival, Toronto, Canada

2005 MacDowell AIR Fellowship, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 2005

2002 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, New York,

2002 Wellcome Trust Commission, London, England

PERFORMANCES, SCREENINGS, AUDIO WORKS

2018 Fine Art Film Festival Official Selection, ICA, Venice, California

2016 The Great Chorus, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

THE CLASSROOM at the LA Art Book Fair, Geffen Contemporary, Los

Angeles

2014 Bird Songs for Afghanistan, Biennial of the Moving Image, Buenos

Aires, Argentina

2013 Bird Songs for Toronto, Festival of Films About Art, Montreal

2013 Dogs and Boats and Airplanes, LIPAC Art Lab, University of Buenos

Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013 Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Children’s Choir, 100 Voice Concert,

Tasmania, Australia

2012 Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Children’s Choir, Lord

Lansdowne Public School, Toronto, Canada

2011 Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Children’s Choir, Big Pond

Small Fish, Nuit Blanche, Toronto

2009 My Life in the Art World, Titus Auditorium, a reading,

Museum of Modern Art, New York

2008 Bird Songs for Afghanistan, ICA, London, England

Bird Radio for Banff, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff,

Alberta

O-800.0FAUNA0FLORA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London,

England

2007 Bird Radio/Vogelradio for Berlin, KW Institute for

Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

PUBLISHED BOOKS and EDITIONS selected

2018 A Power 100, Mark Pezinger Verlag, Vienna, Austria

2016 Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us, YYZ, Toronto and Black Dog Publishing,

London

2012 Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Children’s Choir, 33rpm vinyl LP,

Big Pond Small Fish Productions, Toronto

2011 Dogs and Boats and Airplanes told in the form of Ivan the Terrible,

red version, Space Poetry, Copenhagen

2011 Three Books and a Record about Plants, Animals and War, Verlag der

Buchhandlung Walther Konig, Cologne, Germany

2010 Two Boiler Suits and a Play List for Primates, YYZ, Toronto

2008 The Flora and Fauna Information Service: 0.800.0FAUNA0FLORA,

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

2008 Dogs and Boats and Airplanes (bound postcard book), MKG127, Toronto

2007 Bird Radio, KW ICA, Berlin, Germany, KWAG, Kitchener, Ontario and

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, Cologne, Germany

2006 Five Books about Safety and Animals, boxed edition of books, Five

Books about Safety and Animals, Published by Pug-In, Winnipeg,

Neutral Ground Regina, William English Editions, London, and 303

Gallery New York

OTHER PUBLISHED PROJECTS selected

Flickering Memoirs and Surveys: An Interview with Bill Burns, Caroline

Picard, Art21 Magazine, New York, March, 2017

Brownnoser series, Kunstlicht Journal of Visual Art, Amsterdam,

Netherlands, no4, vol 36, 2016

Veblen Goods series, Kunstlicht Journal of Visual Art, Amsterdam,

Netherlands, no3, vol 36, 2015

Dogs and Boats and Airplanes (Ivan the Terrible Version), Esopus, New

York, Winter, 2012

My Life in the Artworld, Border Crossings, Winnipeg, Winter, 2011

Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge for Afghanistan, C-Magazine,

Toronto, October, 2010

Dogs and Boats and Airplanes, photo work, Prefix Photo, Toronto, 2010

Two Prison Plans and a Playlist for Primates, Topia – Canadian Journal

of Cultural Studies, Toronto, 2010

The Last Book, contribution to anthology edited by Luis Camnitzer,

National Library of Argentina, Buenos Aires, 2008

The Story of the Museum of Safety Gear for Small Animals, Alphabet

City, MIT PRESS, Cambridge, USA, 2002

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