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13 Oct. 2012

Bill Burns: Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Choir

Bill Burns
4:00pm - 6:0

Bill Burns: Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Choir

*Record launch:
Saturday, October 13, 4-6pm

Purchase Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Choir now:
Special edition $100.00 (Special launch price $90.00)
Regular edition $35.00 (Special launch price $25.00)
A digital version of the audio is available free with purchase.*

The Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Choir is an exquisite 33RPM Vinyl LP centrepiecing the choristers of Howard Park and Lord Lansdowne Junior Public Schools in Toronto. The repertory was developed by thirty-two 8 to 12 year old choristers in 2011 in collaboration with Bill Burns (artistic director) and Alan Gasser (choral director). The record features the voices of children making the sounds of dogs, boats and airplanes. No words are used.

Side A is conceived as incidental music for Mr. Burns’ new book, Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Told in the Form of Ivan the Terrible. Side B features the children voicing the sounds of dogs lapping milk, a tug passing in the fog, the dog kennel, the cockpit, the creaking ship and more.

Other credits include : Andrew Zukerman (sound designer) Krys Verrall (producer) Brandon Hocura (mastering) Sheetal Lodhia (project manager) Shannon Griffiths (label designer) (letterpress). This album is produced by Big Pond Small Fish.

Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Choir is a signed limited edition of 100. A special edition of 25 records is also available. The special edition includes a limited edition print. The edition also includes 20 artist’s proofs.

Bill Burns was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1957 and has lived and worked as an artist in Toronto, Canada and London, England. His work consists mainly of conceptual writings, artists’ books and multiples. He studied under Gerard Hemsworth, Jon Thompson and John Latham at Goldsmiths College in London, England. He is known for his Safety Gear for Small Animals (SGSA) which was first shown at 303 Gallery in New York in 1994 and later at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005/2006 and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2008. His 2002 project Everything I Could Buy on eBay About Malaria which was shown at the Wellcome Trust in London, England is considered a seminal work in the area of electronic collecting. His work about life in the art world known as Veblen Goods was shown at MASS MoCA in 2012.

Burns has published numerous books including When Pain Strikes (Burns, Busby, Sawchuk), a critical anthology about pain and pain relief, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1999. Other book titles include Analgesia (Rochefort,Montreal, 1993), How to Help Animals Escape from Degraded Habitats (Optica, Montreal, 1996), Urban Fauna Information Station (Mercer Union, Toronto, 2002), Safety Gear for Small Animals (MOCCA, Toronto and California State University, Fullerton, 2005) Bird Radio (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne, 2007) and The Flora and Fauna Information Service – 0.800.0.0FAUNA0FLORA (ICA, London, 2008). Burns has also published dozens of guides, posters, and editions. His editions are included in major museum collections throughout the world.

Burns’ work has been exhibited in major museums and biennial exhibitions since the nineteen nineties. His most notable exhibitions include the ICA in London, the MoMA in New York as well as Forum Arte y Vida at the Havana Bienal in Havana, Cuba in 2003, the Bienal del Fin del Mundo in Ushuaia, Argentina in 2007 and the Quebec City Biennial – Manif d’art 5, in 2010.


Bill Burns: Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Choir.

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