Area: throughout the festival
Designed to celebrate Nuit Blanche’s 10th anniversary, curator Che Kothari’s exhibition 10 for 10th – Memory Lane aims to capture the twists and turns of the path our memories can take us on, and their ability to create connections between the personal and the collective. Seek out these installations throughout the festival and find yourself recalling feelings of days gone by.
Light Cave — FriendsWithYou
A contemporary art cathedral of sorts, Light Cave promises to be a must-see at this year’s festival. Located at the Drake One Fifty, the installation is a towering translucent enclosure that will change colour over the course of the night. The walls will act as a prism for a spectrum of colours, intended to foster “a collective experience.” The space practically begs to be wandered through with friends, and seems likely to result in a dance party or two.
Highlights: A perfect location for Instagram group shots.
Warning: Likely to draw in the more inebriated festival-goers.
Silent Knight — Ekow Nimako
In what might be the artsiest LEGO construction created to date, Silent Knight features a colossal white barn owl constructed out of 50,000 white toy bricks. The piece is inspired by the Ontario barn owl—the “silent-winged keepers of the night” (move over, Batman). The creature will stand sentinel outside the Gardiner Museum.
Highlights: Won’t be difficult to locate.
Warning: Still ultimately just a giant bird.
Anciently Heard (Hip Hop As Ancient Thought Transmission) — Mani Mazinani
This installation intends to fill the Gladstone Ballroom with the sweet sounds of hip-hop—but probably not in a way you’re familiar with. Throughout the space, different turntables will play records at an extremely slow speed, creating an entirely different sound for every corner of the room. The complex soundscape attempts to draw on the storied past of the musical genre, recognizing the history of the sounds embedded within the records. The curator quotes Nas’ Memory Lane, Illmatic—“I drop the ancient manifested Hiphop, straight off the block.”
Highlights: A different way to experience the music you listen to on your daily commute.
Warning: If you’re looking to jam out to Drake, you’re in the wrong place.
Light upon Light! — Abdullah M.I. Syed
Light upon Light! is a “glowing spherical moon,” or a white globe made up of hundreds of prayers caps, illuminated from within. The glowing globe will reflect onto the floor underneath, creating a halo of light for everyone surrounding it. The effect is intended to create a space for spiritual reflection.
Highlights: Sure to be a particularly spectacular sight on a dark October night.
Warning: The raucous crowds may dampen what is intended to be a reflective, spiritual experience.