PLAID’S PICKS FOR THIS YEAR’S OVERNIGHT ART FEST
Story by Erin Lucuik
From 7:03pm to sunrise Saturday, September 29th, artists will transform Toronto for the seventh instalment of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Since its debut in 2006, this all-night contemporary art event has been celebrating creativity in every nook and cranny of downtown Toronto. With over 150 projects to choose from this year, it’s difficult to know where to begin. To help you plan your night, we’ve narrowed down the selection to our picks:
Michael Klein’s four-way live video feed captures the flow of traffic and projects it on to large screens located at the four corners of the intersection of Adelaide and York Streets. While you’re able to take a look at those around you, Klein has configured the cameras and screens in such a way that makes it impossible to see oneself.
Zone B, #104, York Street & Adelaide Street West
The sky is falling and two broadcasters, John Thompson and Jack Ward, are your only source of information during this catastrophe. This performance piece by Toronto based duo Emergency Exit invites viewers to listen to this ongoing broadcast via headphones located outside their booth in Berczy Park. New discussion topics are raised at 10 minutes to every hour. Want to contribute your two cents? Dial 416 839-8726 at 5 minutes to every hour to join the discussion.
Zone C, #113, Berczy Park, 35 Wellington Street East
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky have created a sculptural homage to the corner store in the form of a 300-square-foot lantern. Inside, 2000 smaller lanterns sitting on shelves illuminate the interior. Each lantern has been meticulously crafted to represent a product that we typically find in corner stores. Visitors are encouraged to enter the building and select a lantern, which can be taken with you on your journey into the night. It may be wise to arrive early because only a limited number of lanterns are available.
Zone B, #86, Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street (Between Bay and Yonge, south side of Temperance Street)
Douglas Coupland wants you to get weirded out and a little bit angry when you visit his maze of signage and living tableaux in the Toronto City Hall underground parking garage. Coupland’s work uses the religious notion of The Rapture to emphasize the fact that technology has made an irreversible mark on humanity.
City Hall Project, #56, Toronto City Hall underground parking garage, 100 Queen Street West (Accessible from entrance ramp on Bay Street. Wheelchair accessible via “SEAL” elevator on Nathan Phillips Square.)
If a large meteor hit Toronto and its meteorites fell to earth, what would it look like? Take a walk through Bickford Park on Saturday night and you might find out. Toronto cooperative Heretical Objects, Jaclyn Blumas and Robert Cram have created a light installation that acts as a visual solar system. Drop by and see what it’s like to have the stars beneath your feet.
Zone B, #26, Bickford Park, G
Not listed in the official program, be sure to make your way over to the Design Exchange for the premiere of a cutting-edge installation presented by the Ontario Association of Architects. ‘Future of Architecture’ features the vision of thirty architects selected from across the province, from a cohesive global perspective on how we are going to live to a glimpse into possible future landscapes for Toronto. A tiled video display wall will animate each of the architects’ vision while a projected illusion will bring the voices onto the haunted trading room floor for a spooky, big brother feel.
On your way out grab a delicious bite from Gourmet Bitches food truck, parked outside the Design Exchange for the duration of the night.
Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street Toronto (within Zone A)