They weren't commissioned, but these indie projects are well worth checking out.
This year there are more independent projects than every before (and more than 70 are community-produced), so there’s plenty of material ripe for more renegade art-goers who can’t be contained in zones. Here are a few we can’t wait to check out.
One Night Stand — Normative
They may look like two innocent photo booths, but nothing is really what it seems at Nuit Blanche. If you step inside, you’ll likely receive a memento of your evening—just not the one that you’d expect.
Warning: Photo booths tend to have lineups at weddings, so you can imagine what it’ll be like this time.
Ping — TIFF
TIFF always delivers a number of worthwhile exhibits for Nuit Blanche, and this year’s includes a giant eye in the lobby, a Vincent Price marathon, and live jazz music set to silent films. But we’re most excited for Ping, a live-action, interactive version of arcade game Pong. Become the paddle.
Highlights: Bang for your buck.
Warning: Likely much, much harder than the real Pong.
Supporting the Arts, another Project by Tough Guy Mountain — Tough Guy Mountain
Balancing the creative visions of artists with the interests of corporations that decide to fund their work is tricky. Sometimes they work in harmony; at other times, it’s a match made in hell. This piece promises an “exaggerated celebration” of the dynamics at play in such relationships.
Highlights: Potential for vicious satirical jabs.
Warning: Potential to be as annoying as actual past corporate Nuit Blanche installations.
Gyan Chauper — Daniel Samson and Paul Dhir
A life-sized Snakes and Ladders board, based on a 16th-century Indian morality game, in which participants act as pawns. Will your luck be any better than it was when you were a kid?
Highlights: You know you always wanted to play live-action Snakes and Ladders.
Warning: Watch out for the snakes!
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