Every year for the last 5 years, Toronto has participated in the free “all-night contemporary art thing” known as Nuit Blanche. I’m proud to say that I’ve attended every year since its inception, varying in how late I stay until since it runs from 7pm to 7am. (I’d say the record was the last 2 years, where I lasted till about 4am!) This year, we called it an earlier night since we’ve moved out from the downtown area.. but still managed to see quite a bit of exhibits in the 4 hours that we wandered around for.
What I found a bit disappointing/different was the re-zoning of the three areas. In previous years, main hubs of the event were in Yorkville and Liberty Village, yet this year everything seemed to have moved out of those areas and concentrated along Queen Street and Yonge Street. Perhaps it’s so everything is closer together, but Liberty Village is filled with arts history and has such a large open section of land by Lamport Stadium to house quite a few exhibits. Nonetheless, we walked from the Yorkville area straight down Yonge Street and saw many of the installations along the way.
For all the pictures I took of the exhibits, check it out here! Otherwise, here are some notable pieces that I really enjoyed:
I loved Soon, 2011 so much that I had to take a quick video clip to try and illustrate the ambiance of the installation. It was to let you feel like you’re in the middle of something that has happened and something that’s about to happen.. feeling like you’re in an action movie.. the floor of an office building has lights flickering, the sound and overhead spotlights searching for something.. fantastic.
Nuit Blanche is always a hit-or-miss with exhibits. Some of them completely blow your mind, and some are more than lacklustre and anti-climactic. You just gotta bundle up, bring a beverage that will keep you warm and wander with the open mind that you’ll see some cool things and some that aren’t so much!