(By: Jessica Tucciarone)
Nuit Blanche is fast approaching. With this year’s theme of “Many Possible Futures,” the event will showcase politically-driven art pieces that are sure to make a statement while also bringing about a sense of reflection. With so many different things to see, it can be hard to know where to start. Here’s a breakdown of eight must-see exhibits at this year’s Nuit Blanche, including some with a Ryerson connection.
1. Foreign Bodies (Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone Hotel)
On display at Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone Hotel, a student- and faculty-run gallery by Ryerson’s School of Image Arts, this exhibit explores the relationship between bodies and the space they occupy. It showcases work from three different artists where performing bodies dynamically adjust the nature of both real and imagined spaces. Visitors themselves are able to consciously think about the space they are occupying as they make their way around other people in the exhibit to examine the work.
2. Flash Forward/Flash Back: A Celebration of Emerging Photographers from The Magenta Foundation (Ryerson Image Centre)
In honour of the building’s fifth anniversary, the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) teamed up with The Magenta Foundation to create an exhibit that joins together the work of 26 different winners of the Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition. The exhibit features a slideshow of their work, as well as a book launch of the competition’s annual publication. This exhibit is a celebration of emerging photographers and with the RIC introducing four new photo exhibitions, you won’t want to miss it.
3. DELIGHT (Richmond Street)
Designed by a team of Ryerson students and graduates of the architectural science program, this unique interactive installation brings together the elements of sound, light and people – allowing its visitors to change their environment by measuring sound frequencies. The frequency of the sounds visitors make in the exhibit are reproduced in the movement of the exhibit’s suspended orb lights forming a sine wave. With your voice being used to power the installation, this is definitely a must-visit.
4. TRUTH (Yonge-Dundas Square)
Toronto graffiti artist KWEST (Brian Leitch) will be using recycled clothing and textiles from H&M – meant to symbolize the rejected and discarded – to create an artistic installation right in Yonge-Dundas Square. This exhibit is sure to draw a crowd as visitors will actually see KWEST in action.
5. STARscape (Camden Street)
Powered by F_RM lab, a student-led collective of graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture, this exhibit will digitally generate stars on a canopy that stretches across an alleyway. Viewers will be able to admire the beauty of endless stars against the reality of Toronto’s light polluted sky.
6. Automobile (Queen’s Park)
If you have sensitive ears, beware! This sound installation will be blasting the soundtrack Automobile, an abstract sound piece by artist Joseph Namy, at chest-throbbing decibels. The exhibit, which features an abundance of cars rigged with top-of-the-line sound systems, is the perfect setting for a dance party in the street – so be sure to bring your dancing shoes!
7. Hendrick’s Gin’s Hot Air Balloon + various exhibits (Nathan Phillips Square)
Floating close to 45 feet above Nathan Phillips Square and doused in cucumber-themed art, the Hendrick’s Gin’s hot air balloon will be a hot commodity (yes – pun intended). This unique installation allows those able to score a ticket online the opportunity to get a bird’s-eye view of Nuit Blanche. Even if you aren’t able to get a ticket, Nathan Phillips Square is definitely the place to be on the night of the event. Housing over 20 different exhibits, there’s something for everyone – including local Toronto artist Ting Chak’s Monument to (Im)mobilization, a full-scale recreation of a maximum-security prison cell.
8. The Red Forest: Stranger Things installation (Osgoode Hall)
Hosted by Netflix, this interactive exhibit gives fans of Stranger Things the opportunity to enter an artistic interpretation of the “Upside Down.” Nuit Blanche-goers can find this installation, titled The Red Forest, in the walking path between University Avenue and Osgoode Lane. Visitors will be given HAZMAT suits to wear while they make their way through the exhibit, according to a press release. The installation will also reference hit CW and Netflix series Riverdale with trees similar to ones in the Blossom Maple Farm, as well as a version of the show’s Twilight Drive-In that will double as a device charging station.
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(Header image of DELIGHT installation via Ryerson Today)