At the Tiff Bell Lightbox, musician Mitch Akiyama plays out the last 15 minutes of Nuit Blanche to silent film clips of Douglas Fairbanks and Laurel and Hardy. It’s likely the ushers will need to walk up the aisles to shake awake a few patrons exhustaed frm the night of art.
Zone A, Strange Loves/Strange Lives
— amber dawn pullin (@goldmourn) September 30, 2012
— Steve Fisher (@GracingTheStage) September 30, 2012
Unless you’re only interested in seeing Dada Reboot, don’t bother coming to the Distillery. Everything else here is shut down #snbTO
— Jeanette Janzen (@nettienoname) September 30, 2012
In the University of Toronto Hart House courtyard, a piano is played via sound recordings transmitting via wires stretching from a third floor balcony. Artist Gordon Monahan based the recordings, which turn the apparatus into a “deconstructed loudspeaker”, on 25 differt recordings by Frederic Chopin.
Zone B, The Piano
On the third floor of the Gardiner Museum, after 5 a.m., just three of us (plus the security guard and a curator) were here to witness the best part of The Robotic Chair: when the furniture explodes, before it begins to carefully reassemble itself.
Zone B, The Robotic Chair
After 4 a.m., it’s great to be able to loiter at the more affecting exhibits. If we’d been at The Toronto Consort’s 40 speaker choral sound installation early in the night, we might not have taken the time to enjoy it properly, lying on the floor in the middle of the room, closing our eyes, and letting the 40 part harmony wash over us. And we definite would have missed the in between song “hidden tracks”, when the house technician told us to stand close to select speakers and listen to choir member crack jokes about how they sound better when they’re a bit hungover.
Zone B, Forty-Part Motet
Jamie Bradburn and Steve Fisher
— Sean Hooper (@sean_hooper) September 30, 2012
—My favourite exhibit so far: Glow in the Park. By 3 a.m. they were down to less than 1,000 LED lit ping pong balls from a starting number of 5,000 (lots have gone as keepsakes), but there’s still plenty for games, or competitions to see who can kick a glowing orb the furthest down the field.
Zone B, Glow in the Park
—Just a few blocks away from the Bay Street street frenzy is a completely different dance—the eerie and beautiful Planes.
—Earlier this evening kids were baaaaaa-ing along with the human sheep.
Zone C, Transhumance on The Esplanade
Taken: 8:39 PM; posted: 4:11 AM
—Virgin Radio, Pitbull, and Rihanna are truly turning Bay and King into a hopeless place.
—Animated gig of Space Invaders-themed installation.
— Wayne Leung (@wyl81) September 30, 2012
A group of teens in knit hats, one playing a small guitar, wouldn’t be so frustrating if there wasn’t beautiful music already coming from the installations in Nathan Phillips Square. Also, fveryone’s Facebook cover images on Monday will be thanks to The Vault at City Hall, and profiles pictures to Postcards From the End.
Nathan Phillips Square
Any event that causes my feed to be overwhelmed with tweets about vomit, feces, and urine is itself a kind of transgressive art.
— Jonathan Goldsbie (@goldsbie) September 30, 2012
—On the second floor of the Gladstone Hotel, members of the Static Zine Collective are using their 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. timeslot to pull together a magazine on the fly. The hallways are packed on all three floors of the hotel. With a 4 a.m. last call, that’s likely to continue.
Zone A, Fly By Night: Into the Wild
—Space Invaders light up King Street West.
Zone A, Green Invaders
Queen Street at 2 a.m. isn’t much different from any other Saturday night, with the crush of drunk revellers on the sidewalk, slow moving cabs on the street, and a deathtrap for cyclists trying to navigate between the two. Between Dovercourt Road and Dufferin Street, several impromptu tailgate parties are competing with the DJs spinning out in front of Wolfitt’s Art Supplies.
Guy 1: “There are girls suspended from the ceiling, but it’s like arty and shit.”
Guy 2: “I’m still kind of turned on though.”
1087 Queen Street West
At the Rivoli on Queen West, a fiddler jams for a crowd of about 100. Like many of tonight’s installations and performances, it blurs the line between entertainment and fine art. But the audience doesn’t seem to care.
—Nuit Blanchers relax in the City Hall rotunda, ordinarily a hectic place.
City Hall, Civilization (Megaplex)
—A crowd gathers outside the Black Bull at Queen and Soho, but it’s not for any art. It’s for Reika, a 16 month old American bulldog experiencing her first Nuit Blanche.
If the exhibit called Ghost Jungle exists, it is NOT in Dufferin Grove Park. We circled the park twice, and peered everywhere but in the women’s washroom, and the only thing around is teens smoking on picnic tables. [Ed. note: The Nuit Blanche website says the project has been canceled.]
Zone A, The Ghost Jungle
—In front of the Campbell House Museum, people try to outdo each other in an all-night high-five contest.
Zone B, High-Five Championship
Zone B, Caverne St-Clair
—In the atrium of the CBC building, this weird oval thing hovers.
Zone A, SKYLUM
Master Class is a Nuit Blanche exhibit that’s been sort of orphaned in the middle of the King Street club strip. The guys running it are doing a pretty good job of engaging the crowd, though, even if the crowd isn’t totally sure what’s going on.
Zone A, Performance Night Interdisciplinary School: Master Class
Zone B, Small Audiences
—This piece is called Pair. It comes with an artist statement that discuses our relationship to vertical space. These are Very Serious giant pink balls.
Zone B, Pair
—Not sure what it is but these tiles are installed on the road and security and the artist are having a bitch of a time keeping people out.
Zone B, Flat Space
Green Invaders, a giant LED installation inspired by Space Invaders, is smart, funny, relatable and original. If you’re ever trying to create a Nuit Blanche exhibit, model it after this one. It’s so on point it’s ridiculous.
Zone A, Green Invaders
Artscape Wychwood Barns is another hub where there’s all sorts of interactive exhibits, and we could while away an hour if we weren’t on a strict schedule. In Theatre Direct’s studio theatre, Sean Bunnell leads participants in a parachute and projection experience that’s like a low-key Rich Aucoin show, while in Theatre Local’s “smallest theatre space in Canada”, Cara Gee shared a clementine with the onstage audience and spoke of moving past pain by being in the here and now. (Coming up later tonight: Coleen MacPherson Skypes in from Paris at 3 a.m. for some transatlantic performance, and, at 5 a.m., Marjorie Chan and friends wax poetic about dim sum.)
Zone B, Paralandscape and Small Audiences
—In the City Hall parking garage.
City Hall, Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator
re- is just a “speed cuber” solving a Rubik’s cube while standing inside the Harry Rosen display case. He has a Mic strapped to his wrist so you can hear the clicking. It sounds silly, but it’s totally captivating. People get really excited every time he gets close to solving it.
Zone A, re-
—Overheard: “That corpse just moved! Let’s throw some shit on him.”
City Hall, Museum of the End of the World
#snbTO I lied on the floor in the museum of the end of the world near smoke&people thought I was part of the art & took pictures LOOOL
— Niall’s Princess(@s_annamarie) September 30, 2012
It’s the furthest east of all the Nuit Blanche hubs, but the Regent Park Arts and Culture Centre is hopping. There’s live music in the reception hall, tasty samosas and other snacks at the bar, and people streaming in and out of the studio spaces of preforming arts companies Native Earth and Collective of Black Artists.
Zone C, Our Lights Are On!
Zone A, re-
A note to visitors who aren’t familiar with Toronto: if you’re planning to head to The Ghost Jungle at Dufferin Grove Park-be aware the park is located south of Bloor Street, not north as the map in the official program indicates.
Zone A, The Ghost Jungle
Congratulations to the creators of 416-788-9663, located behind City Hall, on making an almost perfect scale model recreation of a mid-90s Torontonian rave. And here we are with our fun fur pants at the dry cleaners.
City Hall, 416-788-9663
—The crowd for Slavoj Žižek’s lecture inside the City Hall Council Chamber.
City Hall, Symposium – Until the End of the World
People are lying on the ground in front of World Without Sun, the big satellite dish-looking video projection piece in Nathan Phillips Square. Don’t bother doing this, it doesn’t enhance the exhibit any. We can only assume these people are either stoned, lying down because they saw other people lying down, or both.
Overheard: “The funny part is, we’re not even looking at art. We’re just drunk.”
Nathan Phillips Square, World Without Sun
—The crowd gets into the spirit on top of newspaper boxes at Yonge and King.
Zone C, King and Yonge.
Zone A, Throw-Up
One new tweak I like: barricades that make the sidewalk bigger. Just passed one row on Queen outside Osgoode Station. The pedestrians are going to spill onto the road anyway-might as well make it safe.
Zone C, Thought Balloon
When she’s not proposing national transit strategies, Olivia Chow is an artist, so it’s unsurprising to see her at Nuit Blanche. Locking her flower-decorated bike on King Street in Zone A, Chow plans to check out Catherine Yass’s Lighthouse, a film installation at the Lightbox. Another place the Trinity-Spadina MP plans to check out? Why, City Hall of course.
Zone A, King Street
— Nelly Furtado (@NellyFurtado) September 30, 2012
—At least a 2 hour lineup for All Night Convenience! Giving away free food lantern boxes-the longest lineup for anything by a landslide.
Zone B, All Night Convenience