Nuit Blanche 2014 Guide: Before Day Break
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Nuit Blanche 2014 Guide: Before Day Break

Area: Fort York Boulevard between Spadina and Strachan avenues.

before day break

Described as “a sensitive artistic practice” by curator Magda Gonzalez-Mora, the installations in Before Day Break (all located within Fort York) reflect on history and identity from a Canadian perspective and try to heal tensions with “the restorative power of art.”

Conga Irreversible — Los Carpinteros
Fort York National Historic Site (100 Garrison Road)

If you enjoyed the Cardboard Beach at this June’s Luminato Festival, you might want to check out another piece by the artistic collective responsible—Los Carpinteros. In this video installation, over 100 Cuban dancers in elaborate costumes are filmed doing the conga backwards, and a new composition is played in reverse, making a political statement on the society and governance of Cuba.

Highlights: The lighthearted conga, but with a darker Nuit Blanche twist.
Warning: 12 hours of dancing might be tiring just to watch.

(Carly Maga)

Bright Bundle — Bruno Billio
Fort York National Historic Site (100 Garrison Road)

Bruno Billio is a big name in Canadian art, known for his work with light sculptures. This one will place a 1,000-metre-long strip of pulsing LED lights in the centre of Fort York, and though it sounds simple, it’ll likely be very hypnotizing.

Highlights: Go for the view.
Warning: Don’t actually get hypnotized.

(Carly Maga)

Body of War — Isabel Rocamora
Fort York Armoury, 660 Fleet Street

With Fort York as the backdrop for this zone, it’s not surprising that at least one piece would tackle war. This video installation explores how the psychology of soldiers adjusts to the violence they witness.

Highlights: Opportunity to contemplate the effects of war.
Warning: May serve as an excuse for visitors to see the armoury.

(Jamie Bradburn)

Between Doors — Labspace Studio
Fort York, 100 Garrison Road

Though described as “part installation, part sociological survey” and a meditation on the nature of choice, this interactive piece reminds us of Let’s Make a Deal: what’s behind the doors a participant chooses to open?

Highlights: The element of chance in making your decisions.
Warning: None of the doors lead to a brand new car.

(Jamie Bradburn)

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  Photo by Neal Jennings via Flickr