PLAID’S PICKS FOR PLANNING YOUR NEXT ALL-NIGHTER
Photo courtesy of Basil AlZeri
Nuit Blanche is almost here, and with so much going on it’s hard to know where to start (although the bar always seems ideal, no?). Team Plaid has gone ahead and made your evening/night/morning on October 1st a little bit easier, as we present our five must-sees:
Art Gallery of Ontario
The Other Painting Competition
Engage in the spirit of competition at this AGO-hosted project. Select emerging artists will participate in a series of life-drawing and live model painting challenges designed by six prominent Canadian artists. The winner will be chosen by audience vote, and their work will be displayed at a solo exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s media space.
This group exhibition at the Ontario College of Art & Design’s space celebrates the University’s 135-year history by “looking backward into the future”. The featured artists explore the notions of future shock and technology’s place in society through a multi-media installation.
Soundstreams & The Gardiner Museum
A Celebration of John Cage @ 100!
American composer John Cage is considered one of the most important of the 20th century, and to celebrate his 100th birthday, a 12-hour long party is planned at The Gardiner. Featuring dance, readings and more, the event will also feature some of Cage’s most famous works like Radio Music and Credo is US. Embrace your inner avant-garde and don’t forget your party hat!
Do You See What I See?
See the work of Julia Abraham from a new perspective – her mouth. At 7:30pm, she’ll stand in the Butcher Gallery with a tiny video camera inserted in her mouth, and will watch her video Internal Site. What the video camera captures will be projected as a live feed on to the gallery wall. Audience participation will be encouraged, and the performance will be repeated several times.
TTC Bus Shelter, Bay Street, south of King Street West
The Free Shop, 2011
On January 6th, 2010, artist Basil AlZeri lost almost half of everything he owned and created in a fire. At this year’s Nuit Blanche, he aims to examine society’s attachment to objects, and what that attachment derives from, in this interactive installation. Visitor-customers will view an assortment of AlZeri’s remaining possessions, and are asked to “examine…to ask questions and choose one item they believe they have the need for.” There’s no telling what you might end up with at the end of the night!