Backgrounder: Nuit Blanche Toronto’s special projects for 2018
September 12, 2018
The 13th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto, on September 29 and 30, will transform the city into a public art exhibit. This year’s all-night celebration of contemporary art, from 7 p.m. on September 29 to 7 a.m. on September 30, includes four special projects, as described here.
Scarborough Town Centre
Scarborough Town Centre supports “Walk Among Worlds,” an installation by artist Máximo González. The large, immersive installation of inflatable globes meditates on political divisions in a world cracked by imaginary lines. The project aims for contemplation and drives to reformulate viewers’ understandings. This installation includes performances of “Flagman Trees,” which offers the audience the opportunity to exchange a flag for a tree, symbolizing our homeland and our planet. Location: Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.
Vistaprint joins Nuit Blanche Toronto as a first-time sponsor of “Do Angels Exist,” an installation by Nadine Bariteau. An immersive sculpture of luminescent natural images, falling feathers and dragonfly wings floats above the heads of visitors, bringing distinctive representations of the natural world into the urban setting of downtown Toronto. Bariteau, an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in printmaking, will be creating her exhibit using customized products from Vistaprint’s catalogue. Location: 500 Bay St.
Cadillac Fairview supports “Continuum: Pushing Towards the Light,” a performance art piece by Brandy Leary, Artistic Director of Anandam Dancetheatre. An ensemble of dance and circus artists will use light and movement to engage the unique space of the Cadillac Fairview’s Toronto Eaton Centre bridge over Queen Street West. The performance and its light will radiate from the glass bridge onto the street below. Location: Toronto Eaton Centre bridge, 14 Queen St. W.
First-time event sponsor Powerline Plus supports “Radical Histories 2012–2018,” an installation by visual artist Ibrahim Mahama. As part of the City-produced exhibition “Dream Time: We All Have Stories,” Mahama creates a site-specific sculptural work that resonates particular forms of cultural and economic history using jute sacks that illustrate the complex trade networks of the global economy and post-independence Ghana. Location: Toronto City Hall towers, 100 Queen St. W.
Nuit Blanche Toronto is made possible through generous sponsors who share a commitment to arts and culture in Toronto. Every year, sponsors have immersed themselves in the spirit of Nuit Blanche Toronto. The support of each sponsor enables talented local, national and international artists to showcase their work publically during the event.
About Nuit Blanche Toronto
Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,490 art installations by approximately 5,200 artists and has generated more than $355 million in economic impact for Toronto. Information and updates are available at http://www.nbto.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nuitblancheTO, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nuitblancheTO and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/nuitblancheTO. The event hashtag is #nbTO18.
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