Nuit Blanche 2015

Last Saturday, Nuit Blanche took over the streets of Toronto. While you can find plenty of complainers online, I really enjoyed the 2015 edition. Here is a short review.


ABOVE: JR, Inside Out, 2011-15, interactive photography installation (a socially engaged project, participants lined up [for hours] to have their picture taken and pasted to Nathan Phillips Square)

Every October, Nuit Blanche – an all night art party – comes to town, and every year, I stay up past my bedtime trying to see as much as possible.

This year, Mother Nature threatened to rain, but while an umbrella was needed to start the night, she held off, and the temperature stayed comfortable. Thanks Mom! And thanks for keeping the crowds down too.

While no one piece stole the show, the 10th edition of Nuit Blanche was definitely one of its best. Many of the works were conceptually strong (even when the execution wasn’t) and their messages were timely and relevant – especially those that addressed the environment.

In addition to the JR piece shown above, here are some of my favorites:

ABOVE: Heather and Ivan Morison, The Cleaving, 2015, sculpture (a wooden barricade across Queens Quay)

ABOVE: Los Carpinteros, Frío Estudio del Desastre, 2015, installation (a three-dimensional reconstruction of an exploding wall)

ABOVE: Anandam Dancetheatre, Glaciology, 2013/2015, performance (over the course of 12 hours, a human glacier drifted across the city)

ABOVE: Robert Wysoki, Lava Field No. 2, 2015, installation/performance (the product of 5 years of experimentation, this ‘mobile volcano’ used a coke fired cupola to produce a geomorphically accurate lava field)

ABOVE: Sean Martindale and JP King, There Is No Away, 2015, sculpture (an examination of our consumer habits, and Toronto’s waste management strategy, done with [smelly] recyclable cubes)