TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - Last night and into the early hours of
Sunday, residents and visitors alike embarked on an all-night
exploration of art throughout the city for the 11th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto. Audiences were exposed to a full
sensory experience of nearly 90 contemporary art projects ranging from
sculpture and performance art to interactive installations and
mixed-media, and beyond.
Highlights of the night included:
a water screen projection underneath the Freedom Arches of Nathan
Phillips Square ("Pneuma" by Floria Sigismondi)
720 watches each stopped at a different minute, displaying all possible
hour and minute combinations of a 12-hour clock ("The Museum of Broken
Watches" by Trevor Mahovsky and Rhonda Weppler)
a 16-mm silent film performing a silent dedication entirely in American
Sign Language ("Silent Dedication" by Shary Boyle)
a river of 10,000 donated books, by The Salvation Army Thrift Store,
overflowing down the steps of Old City Hall ("Literature vs. Traffic"
a 45-foot diameter sun ("Death of the Sun" by Director X) illustrating
its life cycle and eventual death
a digital painting built from 3D scans that audiences could enter
through a specially designed app ("The Merging" by Nicola Verlato)
a canopy of approximately 1,700 fabric streamers exploring the
underbelly of the ocean ("Ocean" by Philip Beesley)
five evocative composed scents representing the olfactory landscape of
the Toronto sky ("Ascension" by Julie C. Fortier)
1,200 watercolour paintings, each depicting a cell in a large-scale
animated short ("Scenes of Failure" by Enrique Marty)
more than 24 hours of footage of the Niagara Escarpment representing the
disparate origins of the water that flows into Lake Ontario ("Fallen
Water" by Kevin Cooley)
For the past 11 years, Nuit Blanche Toronto has fostered cultural
engagement, making contemporary art accessible to a mass and diverse
audience. Official attendance and economic impact figures for Nuit
Blanche Toronto 2016 will be released in November. Plans are already
underway for the 12th edition of the event on September 30, 2017.
The exhibition "OBLIVION" will remain on display through October 10 at
Nathan Phillips Square and inside Toronto City Hallas a result of
support from the Province through Celebrate Ontario, the Ontario
Cultural Attractions Fund and Tourism Toronto, allowing audiences to
revisit and experience three projects: "Death of the Sun" from Director
X, "Pneuma" from Floria Sigismondi, and "Ocean" from Philip Beesley,
sponsored by H&M. Show times can be found online at http://nbto.com/.
More information and high-resolution images of event highlights and
Extended Projects are available at https://nbto.com/program/art-projects/extension.html.
About Nuit Blanche Toronto
Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city's annual all-night celebration of
contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with
Toronto's arts community. Since 2006, this award-winning event has
featured nearly 1,300 art installations by approximately 4,600 artists
and has generated over $268 million in economic impact for Toronto.
Nuit Blanche Toronto is a 10-day program which includes the Nuit Talks
series and Extended Projects. Look for information and updates at http://nbto.com/, on Facebook at http://wwww.facebook.com/nuitblancheTO, Twitter at @nuitblancheTO, Instagram at @nuitblancheTO and Snapchat at
nuitblancheTO. The event hashtag is #nbTO16.
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America,
and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a
global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is
consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For
information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto
residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.
SOURCE City of Toronto
Image with caption: "Pneuma by Floria Sigismondi, Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2016 (CNW Group/City of Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161002_C9368_PHOTO_EN_44792.jpg
Image with caption: "Literature vs. Traffic by Luzinterruptus, Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2016 (CNW Group/City of Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161002_C9368_PHOTO_EN_44791.jpg
Image with caption: "Silent Dedication by Shary Boyle, Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2016 (CNW Group/City of Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161002_C9368_PHOTO_EN_44793.jpg
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