Artscape Youngplace is proud to present 19 projects by over 150 artists for the ninth edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which will take place Saturday, October 4 from 6:53 p.m. until sunrise on Sunday. These community-produced Independent Projects invite visitors to explore the grounds and three floors of 180 Shaw Street, as well as rest and recuperate in our night café, featuring coffee and local goodness by Youngplace Coffee Pub.
- Imperfect Shadow, curated by Karie Liao, featuring GO TO YOUR DESTINY by Emily Gove and Sarah Febbraro with young people from Givins/Shaw Jr. Public School (with special kid-friendly artists reception from 7 – 9 pm) and immersive environments by Alicia Nauta, Ginette Lapalme, and Keith Jones
- Interface is an interactive sound installation/live musical performance by Spectrum Music
- TheNeighbourhood Arts Network and mixmotion’s live Incandescent Community Mural that the general public will be invited to paint.
- Margin of Eras 2014is a public art project produced by CUE, a radical arts initiative dedicated to providing accessible funding for new generation artists who live and work on the margins.
- Rapid Eye Movement, an original multi-disciplinary show that explores the surreal world of dreams through music, dance and video, by Expect Theatre
- Diaspora Dialogues presents Goodnight Storytime, an interactive literary installation where audiences can take some time from their busy lives to relive the calm moments of childhood
- Under the same same blue sky wherever I go the sky is mine is an installation in the windows of the building about the fascination with the rhythm of nature, and multidisciplinary installation On the way to Work uses sculpted ants and movies of city dwellers to weave a fictional story both by artist Shabnam K. Ghazi
- TYPOLOGY’s OF OTHER FACES | Doubled Visions and Parallel Spaces, a group exhibition curated by Shani Parsons
- Canadian/Israeli curator Liora Belford’s Pardes, bringing together four sound and multi-media Israeli artists at the Koffler Gallery
- Maps for Labour of Love by Kaitlynn McQueston’s video installation disguising itself as ten utility access doors hidden throughout Toronto’s urban landscape
- Blayne Collins’s The Family History Series: The Toronto Project and The Book Project
- Pema’s Race: Horse Racing and Feminism in Tibet, an exhibition of Khydup Gyatso’s illustrations
- Anna Blewchamp’s assemblages/box constructions: The Bedlam Series
- Continuum (artists Nihan Basak and Christian Simionescu) present Vital Signs, a series of animals in an alien environment
- Paperhouse Studio will have their doors open wander through while artists work on an experimental project
(Left to Right): Alicia Nauta, Keith Jones, Ginette Lapalme
Imperfect Shadow is a multi-faceted and evolving exhibition curated by Karie Liao about everyday parallel realities, inviting the exploration and re-exploration of the fictional and real, hidden and transitional spaces throughout the Artscape Youngplace. Opening October 4, Phase 1 features Emily Gove and Sarah Febbraro’s GO TO YOUR DESTINY, an invitation for visitors to search for secret hideouts in the building as imagined by young people from the Givins/Shaw Jr. Public School. A family friendly party with the artists runs from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on the second floor. In the stairwells, Alicia Nauta, Ginette Lapalme, and Keith Jones weave unique immersive environments filled with bizarre characters, enigmatic colourful shapes, new age signs, and celestial symbols. Each stairwell installation offers a gateway to a psychedelic realm through spatial articulations of two-dimensional print-based work. Each facet of Imperfect Shadow explores our overlooked common objects, familiar places, and people we think we know well through vibrant and playful artistic interpretation. Through explorations of the uncanny in drawings, designs, sculptures, and installations, each artist captures and creates new reflections of our shared mundane and ordinary surroundings.
Interface is an interactive sound installation/live musical performance where YOU help guide the collective creation. Eight speakers/sensors are arranged in a circle, pointing at an improvising musician at the center. The audience is invited to bridge a connection between the musician and a sensor, by touching both the musician and the sensor simultaneously. A computer detects this connection and plays a recorded loop through the speaker associated with the sensor. By connecting the musician to various combinations of sensors, the audience collectively creates a collage of recorded sounds that the musician then responds to in their improvisations. Twelve different artists will be performing throughout the night, changing every hour. Presented by Spectrum Music, Interface is a fun experience that challenges the boundaries between audience and performer. Interface was conceived and constructed by Toronto composer/bassist Matthew Roberts, and produced in conjunction with Spectrum Music.
The Neighbourhood Arts Network will come together with their membership of community-engaged artists and interactive installation crew, mixmotion, to create a live Incandescent Community Mural that the general public will be invited to paint. Throughout the evening participants will be invited to paint symbols, words and images on the mural as it links to themes of creativity, community and equity. Using non-toxic sheer high gloss paints, the 7ft tall cylindrical free standing structure that glows from within will gradually become an illuminated colourful installation that celebrates the impact of the arts in our neighbourhoods and the collective creativity of all of Toronto’s diverse people. Neighbourhood Arts Network supports and celebrates community engaged arts in Toronto and provides online resources, awards and community art activation.
Margin of Eras 2014 is a public art project produced by CUE, a radical arts initiative dedicated to providing accessible funding for new generation artists who live and work on the margins. This installation is part of surreal critique of the current municipal elections, a critique of our power structure highlighting the futility of the political system to create real change for those of us who are systemically and historically oppressed, excluded, and marginalized. Margin of Eras 2014 will culminate in a group arts exhibition In October. Created Zanette Singh, Jason Samilski (Creative Directors, CUE), and by Lauren Satok, Heather Fulton (Co-Curators, Margin of Eras).
Rapid Eye Movement is an original multi-disciplinary show that explores the surreal world of dreams through music, dance and video. It examines the colourful world of the subconscious and the thoughts, images, sounds and emotions that we suppress when we’re awake, but manifest when we sleep. Created by Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley (Conception and Direction), Nicola Pantin (Direction and Choreography), Andrew Craig (Musical Direction), Bill Coleman (Choreography), Roshanak Jaberi (Associate Producer), Laura Cournoyea (Stage Manager), Gabriel Cropley (Lighting Designer and Production Manager), Rachel Ford (Set and Costume Designer), Sue Edworthy (Marketing and Communications), Louise Garfield (Co-Producer) and cast Yuki Akogi, Amir Brandon, Raffaelle Brereton, Nadya Corscadden, Matthew Cuff, My Anh (Mya) Tran, Lexia Donaldson, Ashley Harju, Vanessa Lu, Victoria Mata, Oma Oguejiofor, Khary Pollard, Juan Villegas and Moses Water.
Diaspora Dialogues presents Goodnight Storytime, an interactive literary installation where audiences can take some time to relive the calm moments of childhood by taking a brief nap while listening to some of Toronto’s best and brightest authors and performers read/narrate stories to soothe. The installation recreates the sense of intimacy and coziness of being read to, the sense of safety in the night that it evokes, and how such stories are similar or different from country to country. Writers/performers/musicians in the order that they will be appearing hourly are: Meghan Swaby, Rebecca Applebaum & Anand Rajaram, Karen Connelly, Marcia Johnson, Cherie Dimaline, Andrea Thompson, Alvis Parsley, David Celia, Deepa Shankaran, Shiasta Latif, Anne-Marie Woods and Marjorie Chan
Under the same same blue sky wherever I go the sky is mine is an installation about the fascination with the rhythm of nature, both in nature itself and in Shabnam K. Ghazi’s imagination. In her recent works she has attempted to balance these two elements and create the illusion of reality within a non-existent reality. This reflects the contrast between literal and symbolic view of her world. Her artwork lives in the border between reality and fantasy. She focuses on disassociating real objects with their expected connotation and assigning them with new-perhaps fantastic meaning. This creates an ambiguous situation, which encourages the viewer to think critically about what is presented, and draw unexpected conclusions based on those thoughts. In the multidisciplinary installation On the way to Work, Shabnam K.Ghazi uses sculpted ants and movies of city dwellers to weave a fictional story, which the viewer can become involved both visually and emotionally. She uses her art as a way of infusing everyday images with meaning – to both confirm the literal world, and to imbue it with the imagined. By using a variety of media to draw a viewer’s eyes, ears, and physical presence nearer to that synapse, she aims to de-familiarize both the ants and the city, thereby strengthening their impact of each.
TYPOLOGY is pleased to present OF OTHER FACES | Doubled Visions and Parallel Spaces, a group exhibition curated by Shani Parsons featuring five artists whose works employ strategies of mirroring and doubling to investigate the paradoxical nature of our dualistic world, . Through the representation or evocation of reflections, echoes, or iterations, the photographs, sounds, and videos of Andrea Cohen and Wiska Radkiewicz (Paris, New York), Victoria Fu (Los Angeles), Marta Ryczko (Toronto), and Manuel Saiz (Berlin) interrogate, express, or reveal hidden contradictions within contemporary social systems as they relate to dualities of self and Other. *Open until Midnight.
Developed by Toronto-based, Canadian/Israeli curator Liora Belford, Pardes brings together four sound and multi-media Israeli artists – Nadav Assor, Ira Eduardovna, Amnon Wolman, and Nevet Yitzhak. Derived from a Talmudic parable, the term Pardes, meaning ‘orchard’ in Hebrew, has come to symbolize the realm of esoteric practice. Creating new works, the artists research notions of Jewish mysticism from a non-religious perspective, as part of secular identity. Presented by the Koffler Gallery. *Open until Midnight.
Labour of Love by Kaitlynn McQueston is a video installation disguising itself as ten utility access doors hidden throughout Toronto’s urban landscape. The artist uses the physical infrastructure to make pressings on her skin. A video of each imprint will play when the access door is opened. This video installation invites the public to take an intimate look at the fabrics of our city. It uses the image of a breathing body to consider the human labour required to build and maintain our city and attempts to lift the veil on the invisible authority of architecture. Participants are invited to contemplate the sociopolitical treatment of parks and streets as well as labour workers in Toronto Parks and Recreation. Maps disclosing the location of each piece will be available at Artscape Youngplace.
Artist Blayne Collins continues to explore the themes of The Family History Series, this time focusing on family that grew up in Toronto or moved here: Jesse Ketchum (Jesse Ketchum School) and his descendants, and the late Bruce West (Globe and Mail columnist and author of the book ‘Toronto’) and his family. Family History Series: Toronto Project features 11 panels of vintage photos that have been printed on paper silk, with embedded QR codes that can be scanned to read text or to give audio info about the people in the photos. Each panel has a grid format speaking to the artist’s current obsession with squares, as well as an audio element, commissioned from Artistic Productions, featuring vintage Toronto sounds and readings of columns and letters. The Book Project was inspired by a Masterclass workshop in Britain run by Dorothy Caldwell, a Canadian textile artist. The artist has constructed little books with hand torn papers and dyed and printed textiles. To create a sense of random discovery within each book, a number of pages in each of the books have been left blank, to create space for contemplation. The manner in which the books have been displayed, attached to the same hemp strands used to bind them, was inspired by the Chained Libraries of the Middle Ages.
Pema’s Race: Horse Racing and Feminism in Tibet is an exhibition of Khydup Gyatso’s illustrations for his new Tibetan children’s book. The story and illustrations recount a young girl’s struggle to find her place within the traditional values and modern culture in Tibet today. Khydup Gyatso is a Toronto based writer and illustrator of children’s books, with a focus on creating beautiful and culturally relevant educational materials for children both in Tibet and around the world. A self-taught artist, he uses acrylics to create stunning paintings with Tibetan characters, landscapes, and ways of seeing the world. Khydup was one of the inaugural Artists-in-Residence at Artscape Youngplace. He was awarded Flex Studio space over the summer where he worked towards completing the illustrations for Pema’s Race.
Anna Blewchamp’s assemblages/box constructions use found and second-hand objects, natural elements, fabric, and a variety of water based mediums to develop 3 dimensional commentaries on identity, memory, history and loss. The Bedlam Series, inspired by 19th century photographs of psychiatric patients at The Royal Bethlehem Hospital, extends these concerns into the realm of fiction as each religuary-type shadow box attempts to capture the essence of an imaginary patient and their waking dreams. Additional works invoke cabinets of curiosities, or mini object worlds, where the juxtaposition of objects create min-worlds or cabinets of curiosities where items from popular culture collide with the past.
Continuum (artists Nihan Basak and Christian Simionescu) present Vital Signs, a series of animals in an alien environment begs the question why are these beings here and displayed in this way – the answer is the journey of the viewing and differs with each individual.
Paperhouse Studio will have their doors open wander through while artists work on an experimental project from sundown to midnight, combining papermaking with sculpture and printmaking. Watch while objects are created to hold a memory, push conventions of printmaking and experiment with paper and learn about the traditional centuries old process of handmade paper, enjoy a guided tour of the studio, and spend some time browsing through papers. Paperhouse is an open access hand papermaking facility in Toronto. Open until midnight.
About Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, the event has featured more than 950 official art installations, created by nearly 4,000 artists and has generated more than $177 million in economic impact for Toronto. Look for information and updates at http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca, on Facebook at facebook.com/sbnuitblancheTO and Twitter at @sbnuitblancheTO, #snbTO.