A Piece of Burning Man to Light Toronto Aflame at This Year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

For the first time in Canada, Toronto-based art collective to share audience-controlled flame-throwing sculpture, The Heart Machine, as an official exhibition at Toronto's Nuit Blanche October 1, 2011.

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - 

Detailed Press Release: http://interactivearts.co/thmpr-09202011

Creators of the flame-throwing interactive sculpture, The Heart Machine, prepare the piece for its Canadian debut as an official exhibition at Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche 2011 Toronto. The project came to light last year through the creative inspiration of Canadian artist Christine Irving, along with 25 other artists, to make its debut at the Burning Man art festival, in Black Rock City, NV, 2010.

The Heart Machine is a collaborative art project that combines sculptural structures, flame effects and modern mechanics to create an interactive experience that invites participation.

The sheer scale of the project, spanning 80ft x 80ft, features a large industrial heart as its center, surrounded by 16 foot "arteries". When its hand sensors are touched or stroked by passersby, participants control the fireballs, shooting flames up to 25-feet into the sky.

It is also the first art project by a Canadian woman to receive official honorarium status by Burning Man. 

Christine also noted, "The Heart Machine at Burning Man was a fantastic opportunity to show Canadian art on an international scale, I'm excited to ignite the Toronto audience with a piece of Burning Man on their home turf."

The Heart Machine will be located in "Zone B", near Bay & Edward Street in Toronto.

Image with caption: "The Heart Machine at Sunrise, Burning Man 2010 (CNW Group/interactive arts)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110920_C4987_PHOTO_EN_3553.jpg

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For further information:

or to set up an interview, please contact:
Dani Cullimore (media contact) 416-779-7479 or dani.cullimore@gmail.com
Christine Irving (founder of interactive arts) christine.irving@gmail.com

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