They weren't commissioned, but that doesn't mean these indie projects aren't worth checking out.
Sticking to Nuit Blanche 2013′s curated projects means hitting only a fraction of the exhibits and having only a fraction of the fun. With nearly 70 independent projects scattered throughout the festival area, straying from the beaten path will give you opportunities to explore the city, to happen upon unexpected art, and to really scratch your head.
Your Temper, My Weather — Diane Borsato
Canadians know all too well that the weather won’t comply with our wishes, no matter how desperately we need the sun to shine or the wind to calm. But luckily, weather, for us, usually doesn’t mean life or death, like it does for insects. At the AGO, a group of 100 beekeepers (in complete uniform) will meditate and ask the weather gods to be kind to the bee population, hopefully saving both lives and careers.
Highlights: Amazing photo ops.
Warning: It’s on from 7 p.m. until midnight, so only early birds will get the bee(keeper)s.
Nui Blanc — 401 Richmond Open Studio
If you love knock-offs of pricey brands, this might be your installation. As the official description puts it, “come and receive your own illicit piece of memorabilia.”
Highlights: Take home mementos of Nuit Bla…er…Nui Blanc.
Warning: Unknowing friends might think you were ripped-off.
To Whom it May Concern — Travis T. Freeman and Craig Fahner
Through the magic of technology, artist Travis T. Freeman will be livestreamed into the Queen Mother Cafe on Queen Street West from his location in the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve, two hours outside of Toronto. Participants can text a message to his phone, and upon receiving these messages he’ll yell them into the natural landscape in front of him.
Highlights: Have your message echo within one of Canada’s protected natural reserves, without going yourself.
Warning: Be careful what you write if you don’t want creatures (in nature and in the Queen Mother Cafe) to know your secrets.
VHS Fever Dreams — Colin Geddes, Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski
TIFF’s carefully crafted collages of cult/grindhouse/cheesy fare have been Nuit Blanche highlights for several years. This year’s edition takes its cue from VHS, celebrating the “be kind, please rewind” era of home entertainment.
Highlights: Recognizing film classics and atrocities alike.
Warning: Depending on when you visit, the theatre’s comfortable seats may induce drowsiness.
The Other Side of the Gardiner — Lauren Poon and Abraham Galway
It’s a very intimidating, unsettling thing to be underneath the Gardiner Expressway, but this independent project will attempt to make the underpass a magical wonderland of urban design. It could be well worth extending your Nuit Blanche route a bit father south.
Highlights: Experiencing the city like never before. This is what Nuit Blanche is all about.
Warning: Hardhats aren’t provided.
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