Our zone guide gives you Nuit Blanche highlights for every part of the city.
Based on the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force—a 13-part index that captures wind’s potential to “compose at sea and decompose on land”—The Work of Wind aims to capture wind’s ability to effect change. Fittingly set along the waterfront, 13 installations will can be seen between Parliament Street and Harbourfront Centre, drawing inspiration from each of the 13 points on the scale, from 0—“Calm”—to 12—“Hurricane.”
Beaufort 12: Black Cloud — Carlos Amorales
Black Cloud will fill the walls and ceiling of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery with 30,000 black paper moths. The result is an overwhelming mass of tiny bodies that, as the curator describes, “evokes the experience of a plague.” The piece has already been displayed in small incarnations in different spaces across the city, but has never been fully realized on such a massive scale—entomophobics need not apply.
Highlights: Likely to be one of the most talked about installations of the festival.
Warning: If you’re not into bugs, this probably isn’t for you.
Beaufort 10: Frío Estudio del Desastre — Los Carpinteros
Frío Estudio del Desastre—or Frozen Study of a Disaster—allows you to press pause on a scene from your favourite action movie, and wander through an explosion frozen in mid-air. The installation is a “three-dimensional reconstruction of a photographic image of an exploding wall,” meaning you can make your way through suspended pieces of debris and imagine you’ve recently developed the ability to freeze time in place.
Highlights: Begging to be used for dramatic photo shoots.
Warning: Be sure to watch your head.
Beaufort 3: Glaciology — Anandam Dance Theatre
One of the festival’s main works of performance art, Glaciology features dozens of people moving together in choreography designed to evoke the feeling of a shifting, changing glacier. The piece is meant to explore “states of density, collaboration, collapse, overpopulation, relocation, disruption, environmental tipping points, mass graves, icebergs, and melting ice caps.” The installation will be making its way down across Queens Quay over the course of the night and is worth seeing—if you can catch it.
Highlights: One of the more innovative performance pieces of the night.
Warning: More cardio than you may have bargained for.
Beaufort 9: Requiem for Harley Warren (“Screams from Hell”) — Marguerite Humeau
Granted, an installation that includes “Screams from Hell” in its title might not be exactly what you had in mind for your Saturday night, but you might want to make an exception for this one. Aiming to stage “the voice of the earth itself,” the piece uses three sculptures to create a soundscape that pays tribute to the sounds of the Earth’s crust, resulting in “an unsettling chorus from the beyond.”
Highlights: Who doesn’t want a chance to hear “from the beyond”?
Warning: Perhaps not a good piece to see alone.