So, you’re already choosing your outfit for this year’s Nuit Blanche, right? Making predrink plans with your art buff besties? Getting extra sleep in advance—almost three months in advance? Google Mapping your routes and rendezvous points?
Um, right. But since the program for the third annual all-night art orgy was eagerly announced this morning, we thought we might as well tell you…that we are terrified. Seriously, we’re pretty sure that (Scotiabank) Nuit Blanche 3.0 isn’t a night of art viewing and partaking, oh no—it’s a nightmare.
Skeptical? Believe this: hundreds of the undead will swarm College Park for a series of film shoots as part of Jillian McDonald’s Zombies in Condoland. (Spectators are encouraged to dress up and play along, and makeup and costumes will be available on site.) Luis Jacob will fill Maple Leaf Gardens with the metallic echoes of robot voices droning on about the city, other people, and being in a world Without Persons. Meeky: The World’s Strangest Little Boy, by Roy Kohn, is an appropriately bizarre multimedia shrine to a sideshow performer who disappeared in the late 1950s (go to MeekyIsHere.com, then tell us you think clowns are creepy). Liberty Village will be home to Shilpa Gupta’s interactive video work Untitled (2005), in which participants guide the movements of seven camouflaged figures—a statement on chaos, violence, conformity, and (what else?) fear. Matt Suiv will simulate a building on fire (everyone’s favourite way to die) by using seamless loops from Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket as rear window projections. Poor, innocent books get torn up by Katherin L. Lannin for her House of Leaves, their innards used to paper a dark corridor, transforming it into a haunting cave (pictured above). And in Kelly Mark’s Horroridor, viewers will pass through a long hallway surrounded by 20-foot visual and audio recordings of hundreds of people (well, horror movie actors) screaming bloody murder. No, we’re not making this up. We like you better than that.
Order your free trial of California holy water, innocent citizens. Nuit Blanche is coming (on October 4, 2008, sunset to sunrise). We will, of course, have more about it soon.
Photo of Katherine L. Lannin’s House of Leaves, courtesy of Nuit Blanche.