Nuit Blanche is on the horizon, so get ready for the city to come to life!
Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, which takes place on October 5th, 2019 from 7 pm to 7 am, will be one sleepless night packed with art projects. This year’s festival will feature almost 90 art projects, so it can be difficult to pick which ones to check out. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of some exhibits you can’t miss out on at Nuit Blanche this year.
Check out 8 exhibits you need to see at Nuit Blanche below.
On Thin Ice
Ghost Atelier | Yonge-Dundas Square | 1 Dundas St. E.
Ghost Atelier’s On Thin Ice is set to be a 25-foot high shard of cracked ice that will be placed in the middle of Yonge-Dundas Square to serve as a reminder of the effects of climate change. The artists of Ghost Atelier used melting glaciers as inspiration for this piece, looking at the connection between depleting ice caps and the eerie future of humankind. Audiences can actually enter into the deep crevasse in the glacier as a reminder of our planet’s current state.
Francesca Chudnoff | The Bentway | 21 Strachan Ave.
Head to The Bentway to check out Francesca Chudnoff’s performance piece, Halcyon. All night long, dancers drenched in blue light are set to “interact with a sound and video installation to explore the relationship between desire and distance.” The 12-hour performance piece is set to explore the ways we adjust how we present ourselves, both on screen and in real life.
Drake Hotel Properties – Kaleidoscope: A Social Media Trinity
Alejandro Figueroa | Drake 150 | 150 York St.
Head to the Drake 150 to check out this Instagrammable kaleidoscopic art installation, which aims to encourage visitors’ need for social validation and self-promotion in an age embedded in social media. Alejandro Figueroa uses a live feed of projections from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (the “social media trinity”) to create a sort of human kaleidoscope.
Site 3 CoLaboratory | Site 3 CoLaboratory | 718 Ossington Ave. (alleyway behind church)
You can’t miss Aquarius at Nuit Blanche this year, which is an interactive installation by Site 3 CoLaboratory. The piece takes you into a city that is “submerged by rising oceans, exploring the promise and peril of technological progress for life on Earth.” Aquarius looks at how technology is a double edged sword, driving the sixth mass extinction Earth has faced. Visitors will be immersed in aquatic projections featuring everything from bio-luminescent creatures in underwater caves to eerily giant angler fish.
Daniel Arsham | Nathan Phillips Square | 100 Queen St. W.
Daniel Arsham’s Lunar Garden is definitely a stand out installation at Nuit Blanche this year, as this large Japanese-inspired garden will bring the moon to downtown Toronto. Visitors at this piece will be able to Zen out in this surreal, brightly coloured world with large sculptures that play on an implied future. Arsham uses futuristic pieces juxtaposed with the traditional garden to look at a work’s ability to float in time.
Fezz Stention and Daniel Lanois | MaRS Discovery District | 661 University Ave.
Fezz Stenton and Daniel Lanois’ Transformation will take over the MaRS Discovery District at Nuit Blanche, bringing the beauty of nature to life. The goal of this immersive, multi-sensory exhibit is to highlight the urgent need to protect our planet, calling for everyone to work together and mount the threats to our environment. From 3D projections to super-sized sculptures, this event will truly immerse you into a rallying cry for our planet.
Art Gallery of Ontario – Unearthed
Lisa Jackson | Art Gallery of Ontario | 317 Dundas St. W.
Head to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) during Nuit Blanche to catch Lisa Jackson’s Film Installation, Unearthed. The immersive multimedia installation is a part of the Anishinaabe filmmaker’s three-part work, Transmissions. The single shot performance follows Frei Njootli, and was filmed in front of an audience at the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival.
Nathan Whitford | Below the Gardiner Express Way | 28 Dan Leckie Way
Nathan Whitford’s Nucleus is an illuminated orb that “responds to the energy and presence of bystanders.” The giant sphere gets activated by visitors and bystanders’ presence through glowing pulses of light and radiating sound. The structure is meant to represent the cycle of life, feeding on the energy of its visitors while also needing them in order to exist.