Our zone guide gives you Nuit Blanche highlights for every part of the city.
Curated by JR, a semi-anonymous French “photograffeur” known for guerilla-pasting giant images onto buildings, Black and White Night aims to create an environment that’s open to interpretation. As far as curatorial statements go, it’s a vague one, but that’s JR’s style: forcing audiences to close-read their own responses to the work rather than making any big singular statement.
After being awarded the TED Prize in 2011, the mysterious JR set out to collect portraits from voluntary participants around the world and lay them out together in an ever-expanding, and surprisingly moving, ongoing installation. Since September 28, Torontonians have been invited to add our faces to the Inside Out global installation via a photo booth truck at Nathan Phillips Square. The results will be displayed for all to see until October 12.
Highlights:Picking out your friends and neighbours among the 250,000 faces from more than 120 countries around the world.
Warning:The likelihood of encountering a giant, blown-up portrait of your ex is greater than usual.
This one is a bit more conceptual, inviting participants to enter the Campbell House Museum and look out from within.
Highlights: Total mystery!
Warning: Maybe a little Un Chien Andalou-esque.
Les Bosquets – JR
JR choreographed a ballet following the 2005 French riots. That ballet, called Les Bosquet, wound up being performed by the New York City Ballet and now, a decade later, incorporated into a film interspersed with French suburban visuals and scored by the likes of Hans Zimmer and Pharell Williams. This exhibit is basically just a screening of the film, but hey, it’s a cool film!
Highlights: A snug, indoors opportunity for body temperature recovery!
Warning: Literally just a film screening so if you’re looking to get your mind, like, totally blown, maybe skip this one.