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Nuit Blanche 2012 Guide: Zone B

UNIVERSITY EAST TO VICTORIA, DUNDAS TO KING

Curator Christina Ritchie is focusing on how a city—a combination of bodies moving in, out, and around immobile buildings—influences the heart, mind, and soul. Zone B, titled Bodies and Buildings, is similar to Zone A in that the art projects will incorporate whimsical takes on more industrial urban elements. And here are some we’re going to check out:


Flat Space — Peter Bowyer
Bay Street and Queen Street West

Curious about dimensions? Here’s a 1600-square-foot project that might possibly melt your mind. Flat Space invites you to enter a conceptual “interference zone” within ordinary space.

Highlights: Large optical structure may have you clutching onto a copy of A Brief History of Time to hold onto reality.
Warning: In a central location, so expect heavy crowds; not for two-dimensional minds.

(Kyle Bachan)

All Together Now — Jeanne Holmes
Richmond Adelaide Centre (111 Richmond Street West)

So you think you can’t dance? Think again. This event offers audience members a chance to learn a new style of dance every hour for 12 hours.

Highlights: Styles ranging from Bollywood to hip-hop, different instructors for each session.
Warning: Different dancing attire—which may or may not be provided—is needed depending on the style.

(Kyle Bachan)

Ambient Walk — Ed Janzen
10 Dundas Street East (Third floor food court)

An artist attaches a camera to his head and records himself looking down on the sidewalk, walking the back alleys of Toronto, live. The resulting stream is then projected onto video screens and speakers in the viewing space.

Highlights: The artist’s movements will be tracked via GPS so you can potentially try to bump into him, to really immerse yourself in this installation.
Warning: The artist will likely get tired after walking back alleys for 12 hours; we’re not sure what happens to the feed if he stops.

(Kyle Bachan)

Transformative Motion — Elizabeth Greisman, Frith Bail, Barbara Cook, Radha Chaddah, Rae Johnson, Wendy Wobeser, Margaret Meban, Ilana Manolson, Richard Beaty, Artist Cooperative of Canada, Hathorah Sound Collective, The Human Media Lab
Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Road)

Ten artists will turn the gardens of the Spadina Museum into a maze that explores the manipulation of time and movement through sound, sculpture, painting, and more.

Highlights: Multiple artists and art forms means good bang for your buck.
Warning: Not close to a whole lot of other things.

(Brendan Ross)

High Five Championship — Brenhan Mc Kibben, Elliott Mealia, Staceylee Turner
Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West)

Artists Brenhan Mc Kibben, Staceylee Turner and Elliott Mealia will bring visitors into a fictional retro high-fiving league that blurs the line between spectator and participant, and promises to be a lot of palm-slapping fun.

Highlights: Exciting atmosphere that will probably wake you up; ’70s moustaches (hopefully).
Warning: Hands could turn red and swollen from too much smacking; potential for large crowds.

(Brendan Ross)

Constellations — Claro Cosco, Piffin Duvekot, Grey Muldoon, Matthew Jarvis Wall, Spark Design Collective, XXXX Collective
University of Toronto Art Centre (15 King’s College Circle)

A variety of artists will create whole new worlds, from pods that each contain their own sensory experiences, to mechanical beings controlled by human contact, to virtual landscapes that can be explored with video game consoles.

Highlights: Walking robot sculptures; potential for mind-altering experiences.
Warning: Potential for large crowds, especially the indoor portions; not recommended for those already in altered states.

(Brendan Ross)

Scenes from a Film I’ll Never Make, with Alternative Scores — Kelly Mark
James Street and Albert Street (loading dock off of James Street)

How does a score affect how you interpret a movie? This installation re-stages classic movie scenes without dialogue, then replays them with a new soundtrack.

Highlights: A new twist on the familiar.
Warning: Reimaginings may be blasphemous to movie purists.

(Jamie Bradburn)

Outsiders2012 — Seeingred
Eaton Centre Urban Eatery food court

Human-shaped figures will be dispatched from the Eaton Centre to various parts of downtown, where people will be encourage to take them, snap a photo, upload the picture, then pass them on to somebody else.

Highlights: Watching how people decide to photograph “life-sized, luminous, human-like forms” on the live feeds at the Eaton Centre.
Warning: Potentially disturbing, depending on what people do with the forms.

(Jamie Bradburn)

Fortification for Small Worlds — Emma Ravindran
St. Patrick’s Market Square Park (behind 238 Queen Street West)

Amid trees covered in materials suggesting various ecosystems, people may leave any personal items behind in exchange for any object in the installation.

Highlights: Potential for interesting item swaps; good people-watching to see if others will take with or without giving back.
Warning: Do not remove items from the trees.

(Jamie Bradburn)

All Night Convenience — Rhonda Weppler, Trevor Mahovsky
Bay Adelaide Centre (333 Bay Street)

A 300-square-foot box will be turned into a convenience store like we’ve never seen, filled with 2,000 lanterns shaped like typical store fare: laundry detergent, toothpaste, canned pork, and so on. Visitors can choose a product to take with them after they visit, gradually taking more and more light out of the store.

Highlights: Have a Nuit Blanche 2012 souvenir.
Warning: Go early, this fire sale won’t last long.

(Carly Maga)

[ZED.TO] ByoLogyc: Patient Zero — The Mission Business
Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square)

Continuing the immersive theatre experience that began at this summer’s Toronto Fringe Festival, the team at the fictional biochemical giant corporation ByoLogyc will see more disastrous damages of the virus they’ve unleashed upon the world.

Highlights: A detailed, large-scale performance piece, the continuation of the story if you’ve been following along.
Warning: Limited capacity, so expect lineups (but entertainment while you wait).

(Carly Maga)

Constricycle Crew — Jefferson Campbell-Cooper
Mobile, through Yonge Street and Queen Street West

Bikes are popular methods of transportation because they’re environmentally friendly—but they’re even more so when several combine to form a pedal-powered waste management device called a Constricycle. Artists dressed in orange vests will take their vehicles out throughout the night to pick up pieces of paper and discarded recyclabes—and if all goes well, perhaps Rob Ford will take notice.

Highlights: No lineups, art happens unexpectedly as you come upon one, eco-friendly.
Warning: Torontonians in favour of privatized garbage pick-ups may not enjoy.

(Carly Maga)

ZONE A

Focus: Yonge Street west to John, from King south to Front.

ZONE B

Focus: Victoria west to University, from Dundas south to King

ZONE C

Focus: Jarvis west to Yonge, from Shuter Street south to Front.



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