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Francesca Birks

Francesca Birks

area: Theory

© Francesca Birks

Key Facts






Montreal, Toronto (Canada), London (GB)

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time period

November 2005 - December 2005

Institution: Brown University
Diplome: Modern Culture & Media & Film Production

MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 2003

Professional Experience:

  • 2003-2004 Creative Planner TAXI Advertising & Design
  • 2003  PR Toronto International Festival of The Future
  • 1998-2002 Telescene Post Production Coordinator


  • Current - Architecture & Artistic project: The World of Tomorrow Today


Project Proposal:
Johannes mentioned Roboexotica ( a project I think could be very interesting).
I am into all things progressive and forward looking. Very up on my popular culture. Having studied Semiotics as a university student, I like to analyze who is saying what, and how the medium can affect (intentionally or unintentionally) what someone is saying.

The current project I am just starting with my artist/architect friend Milena intends to challenge artists all over the globe to invent, create then build a post war existence/artchitecture today. I was hoping to see whether Johannes thought this might be a feasible project to the collective. Years ago she did her thesis on Sarajevo and we thought this might be an interesting area to explore given today s global village and George W. Bush.



Project Francesca Birks:
Multimedia performance installation


I am very grateful to monochrom for inviting me to MQ21. I spent two months taking in the city of Vienna and capturing the old and new sights and relics of the city on my digital camera. Throughout my time in Vienna I also wrote entry updates on my blog in order to fully record my times there. I used my two months to capture but also to read up on influential guru and Canadian communications theorist Marshall McLuhan.

My readings, my recordings, and my time in Vienna inspired a multimedia performance installation in my studio. With the creative collaboration and input of my Canadian artist friend Milena Vujanovic, the result was a mosaic performance called an Evening of Love: McLuhan's Technology Symphony Disorientation Connection.

I feel very lucky for my time and the resources made available at the MQ21 and for all of the other artists I was able to meet during my stay.  I hope to one day come back but can appreciate that the resources should be shared with creative culturals all around the world.

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