Area: Fort York Boulevard between Spadina and Strachan avenues.
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
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.
Bright Bundle — Bruno Billio
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.
Body of War — Isabel Rocamora
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.
Between Doors — Labspace Studio
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.
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