Yep, Nuit Blanche is back and better than ever! This year seems a bit daunting with 134 exhibits, so we’ve decided to assist you in your search for art and condos by producing the Condo Lover’s Guide to Nuit Blanche. Read on!
The borders of Zone A are St. Clair Ave. W to the north, College St. to the south, Spadina Ave. to the west and Yonge St. to the east. The info centre for Zone A is located at Yonge & Wellesley.
Zone A was curated by Candice Hopkins and designed to make attendees reconsider historic moments and examine the concepts of revolution and utopia. The goal of Zone A is to engage citizens with histories, both past and present and to blur the boundaries between fiction and reality.
L’écho-l’eau by Richard Purdy (#6 on the map)
MaRs Building – 101 College St.
Richard Purdy’s recreation of a log run is simply spectacular. Guests walk through the water and are shot back in time to the days when the lumber industry was the lynchpin of Canada’s economy. As they gaze deep into its 1cm depths, into the miroir d’eau, they notice that the reflections within the miroir encourage them to see upside-down, right-side up. They begin to view the world as the average fish or bird would.
Recommended: rain gear or barefoot walking
Toronto Life gives this exhibit 4/5, meaning, according to their ranking system that “your hour long wait is almost justified.”
Casa Loma Stables – 328 Walmer Rd. (#28 on the map)
World Wide Vision Productions’s live light installation uses a new medium called Digital Kakejiku, created by the artist of this installation, Akira Hasegawa. Here, light is used on one side of the building to create an abstract image, almost like a painting. In line with the general theme of Zone A, the installation was inspired by the creation of the universe. It explores the connection between colour and sound. One the one hand, the installation reveals the connection between colour and sound, while on the other hand the silence can also be perceived as sound.
This exhibit will also feature 15 minute performances on the hour by the National Ballet of Canada and the U of T Philharmonic.
Again, Toronto Life rated this exhibit 4/5, which we gather means long wait times but a good time once you get in.
The borders of Zone B are College St. to the north, Queen St. W to the south, Beverley St. to the west and Jarvis St. to the east. The info centre for Zone B is located at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Zone B was curated by Shirley Madill and has the goal of transforming the city’s architecture through new technologies.
Face Music/Paparazzi Bots
Yonge/Dundas Square (#1 on the map)
Face Music and Paparazzi Bots were created by Ken Rinaldo. At Face Music group of robots take photographs of each participant, map their features and generate a unique “face song”. The face songs join together to create a total sonic human/robot experience that fuses over the course of the evening. It allows the viewer to be fully immersed in the production, acting as participant, actor and conductor.
Face Music’s sister exhibit Paparazzi Bots features autonomous robots standing at the height of an average human. These bots move at the speed of a walking human, using sensors to move toward humans in search of one thing: to capture photos of people and make these people famous for an evening by displaying the images to the public. Aspiring celebs beware, though, the bots can choose who to photograph and who to, gasp!, ignore based on whether or not a person is smiling and the shape of their smile, so flash those pearly whites!
Toronto Life gave this exhibit a 5/5, which, according to their rating scale, means: “make 7 a.m. brunch reservations.”
Underground Parking Lot-P1 – 40 Dundas St. W (#13 on the map)
This installation is best described as a “silent disco.” This is because the music played in this installation can only be heard through one’s headphones. Participants listen to musical tracks with lyrics referencing the text inside passports. The tracks are accompanied by video projections and the overall atmosphere of the installation is that of a modern nightclub. The work explores notions of territory in relation to nation-states and diasporic experiences. As Toronto Life asserts, “more contemplative clubbers can consider the implications of modern border politics while they jam.”
Toronto Life gave this installation a 4/5, meaning it’s almost worth the one hour line-up.
The borders of Zone C are College St. W to the north, Front St. to the south, O’Hara Ave. to the west, and Church St. to the east. The info centre for Zone C is located at the intersection of Yonge & King.
Curated by Nicholas Brown, Zone C focuses on transforming Toronto’s Financial District by offering modes of community involvement and organization that “invert the symbolic language of corporate capitalism.”
TIFF Movie Studio Playhouse/Singin’ in the Dark ‘80’s Edition
TIFF Bell Lightbox – 350 King St. W
The TIFF Movie Studio Playhouse installation is produced by TIFF on top of its regular Nuit Blanche programming. Here, participants are offered the chance to take part in an interactive group art project, where they can act in spontaneous films using props and costumes. What results will be projected onto the Bell Lightbox atrium wall.
The Singin’ in the Dark ‘80’s Edition is inspired by the youth-focused, special effects-packed spectacles that drew the devotion of an entire generation. Participants can follow the moving dot on the screen and sing along to revered ‘80’s classics, such as, Footloose, Fame, Little Shop of Horrors, Flashdance and more! Word of warning: after midnight, the content is no longer family friendly.
The Movie Studio Playhouse was rated 3/5 by Toronto Life, meaning: “Worth a peek after 4 a.m.,” while the Singin’ in the Dark ‘80’s Edition was not reviewed by Toronto Life, but looks like a good time.
The Happiness Project
Oz Studios – 134 Ossington Ave.
Created by Artist Bloc, the Happiness Project is designed to bring art, sound, and a lightness of spirit right into the neighborhood. The exhibit is based on Charles Spearin’s (of Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think) award-winning album The Happiness Project. The album is a collection of musings on happiness set to beautiful orchestration. Each room in the installation is designed to reflect one of the tracks on the album.
Toronto Life gave this installation 5/5, meaning you had better make 7 a.m. brunch reservations, which is great because as they assert, some of the best brunch places in town are located nearby. Mitzi’s, anyone?