SPECIAL EVENT – The Drowned World (Toronto Biennial of Art)

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Join us every Saturday from September 21 – December 1 between 11am – 4pm for this multimedia experience. Admission is FREE.


During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. Ballard’s 1962 archaeopsychic cli-fi novel in which the ice caps have melted and submerged the world, forcing the migration of a dwindling and devolving human species into the Canadian Arctic.

Prehistoric sounds; the sonification of a dying star; the submarine beats of Detroit’s bubble metropolis; the sacrifice of a muskrat; the love of an octopus. Within this brave new world, the artificial boundaries of modernity’s civilizations have evaporated, and life in all its forms continues to shift.

The Drowned World is guest curated by Charles Stankievech.

Artists at the Cinesphere

J.G. Ballard | Julian Charrière | Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen | Aryo Danusiri | Drexciya | Cyprien Gaillard

| Marguerite Humeau | Aki Inomata | Ville Kokkonen for Comme des Garçons | Clarice Lispector | Alvin Lucier | Jumana Manna | Dark Morph | Pauline Oliveros | Jean Painlevé | Brandon Poole | Afredo Ramos and Kashya Badach | Lisa Rave | Charles Stankievech | James Tenney | Nils-Aslak Valkeapää | Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Whatever | The World Soundscape Project

With the creative and generous contribution of Comme Des Garçons and MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.


The Toronto Biennial of Art is a 72-day, free art exhibition that will take place every two years.

Launching September 21, 2019, the 72-day Toronto Biennial of Art presents local, national, and international contemporary art in a citywide event as culturally layered and connected as Toronto itself. The event takes place every two years, offering accessible and transformative visual art exhibitions, installations, talks, learning opportunities, and happenings in new and unexpected spaces along the shores of Lake Ontario.

The Biennial’s goal is to galvanize Toronto and nearby cities, connecting communities around art and culture, and contributing to global conversations from a distinctly Canadian perspective. The event reflects the specific context of the region and its unique standard for inclusion and openness.

In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, admission to curated venues and outdoor installations is free and open to the public.