Every year Nuit Blanche transforms Toronto into an eclectic contemporary haven for art lovers new and old. The 14th edition of the festival is set to take place on Saturday, October 5, across various sites throughout the downtown core in addition to the newest collections of installations dispersed across Scarborough. There’s plenty of installations to choose from. AZURE’s lineup of must-sees is sure to help maximize your Nuit Blanche experience.
Multi-hyphenates Noor Khan and Sean Leon have collaborated on the sonic and visual experience PostScript. It unpacks the effects of policy-making on the communities that they call home and have attachments to, Scarborough and Parkdale, respectively. The installation intends to unearth the socioeconomic disparities between the places, exploring homelessness and displacement, while simultaneously showcasing the lives, loves and narratives of folks that live there. PostScript is located at Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West).
This multimedia installation by industrial designer Javid Jah combines repurposed black shipping containers with real-time astrology. Throughout the night, the shipping containers, attached via a manually rotating swivel and gear box, will track the planets and the stars – viewers are even encouraged to view at designated times based on their birthdate. XSITE is located at David Pecaut Square (215 King Street West).
Daniel Arsham employs architecture, satirical wit and performance in his work, but his Nuit Blanche installation is especially important. Set to be the largest Japanese garden he has ever created, the Lunar Garden features a 30-foot light orb, representing the moon, cascaded on colourful sand. Throughout the evening, attendees will see the artist raking the sand, his performance set to a score by Toronto-based crooner, Charlotte Day Wilson. Lunar Garden is located at Nathan Phillip Square (100 Queen Street West).
On Thin Ice, like many of the featured pieces throughout this year’s Nuit Blanche, explores our relationship with climate change. The anonymous collective of artists that form Ghost Atelier have integrated their sensibilities of architecture, design and neuroscience to create an installation emblematic of familiar sacred architecture. Centring on melting glaciers and humans’ interactions with them, the 25-foot piece is to be a site of spectacle and “collective grieving.” On Thin Ice is located at Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East).
Get your contemporary art fix at this year’s Nuit Blanche.