Area: in and around Spadina Avenue, University Avenue, and Chinatown.
The rules for this zone? There are no rules. Through Between the earth and sky, the possibility of everything, curator Dominique Fontaine wants Nuit Blanche-goers to re-examine how they see the world through installations that play up the fun, participatory elements of the all-night contemporary art event in and around Spadina Avenue, University Avenue, and Chinatown.
Screaming Booth — Chélanie Beaudin-Quintin
A lot of artistic projects are meant to evoke a certain emotion or reaction—this one demands it. Three special booths will be located around the Queen and Spadina area as refuges for anyone feeling the need to let off some steam. With no time limit or onlookers, one’s free to yell and shout to one’s heart’s content in these soundproof boxes designed to bring relief and lower inhibitions during Nuit Blanche.
Highlights: You can finally tell your boss exactly where they can go without getting fired.
Warning: Claustrophobics need not apply.
Walking Among Worlds — Máximo González
There are lots of layers to Mexican artist Máximo González’s large-scale installation, which places 7,000 inflatable globes around a school room—from the number (each one represents a million people of the world’s population), to the size (different sizes mean differing wealth), to material (the balls are made in China, the world’s biggest manufacturer). But apart from all the significance that can be attributed to each bouncing, shiny globe, it promises to look super cool, too.
Highlights: The must-see piece for any current affairs–conscious adult who, deep down, just wants to play in a ball pit again.
Warning: There may be a lineup; there will be plenty of Instagramming.
Made in China — Maria Ezcurra
“Made in China” is one of the most common phrases found on Western clothing. A wall of wearables bearing that label will be placed in a Chinatown alleyway. Besides viewing the work, described as “an anthropology of our shared present,” you can donate items for the display until October 2.
Highlights: Marvelling at the range of clothing made in China.
Warning: May be indistinguishable from nearby clothing shops in Kensington Market.
Shy Lights — Urban Visuals
Normally, spotlights shine on people, usually as part of a performance. In this interactive installation, they move around to avoid illuminating anyone wandering into their path. Even spotlights have a modest streak, or, based on the description, enjoy playing hide and seek.
Highlights: Trying to keep up with the spotlights could spur on determined participants.
Warning: It’s possible there’s no challenge involved.
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