Virtual edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto unveils 2020 program

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The City of Toronto released the complete program for Nuit Blanche Toronto’s 15th edition. The 15th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will be reimagined on Saturday, October 3 starting at 7 p.m available online until October 12. This year, North America’s largest free contemporary art event, funded by the Ontario Government will be delivered in a special digital format to ensure the safety of attendees and artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual event will present five streams of programming that will include talks, podcasts, a release of the 14-year archive, livestream and augmented and virtual reality experiences.

Launching the event’s two-year curatorial theme The Space Between Us, Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam has selected art installations and entertainment that will focus on the connections across urban, polar and pacific landscapes. These connections reveal the space between us as a potential site for sharing knowledge.

Details about the full Nuit Blanche Toronto program are available below as well as online at http://toronto.ca/nbto.

The complimentary all-night affair has been designed for a unique virtual experience available from October 3 to 12.

Nuit in your Neighbourhood

Experience Nuit Blanche with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) through new artworks created in the digital realm by more than 20 commissioned artists. Nuit in your Neighbourhood brings the playful exchange of public art and discovery. Twenty-three reality experiences are available.

Artists include: Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Maureen Gruben, Johnson Witehira, Whyishnave Suthagar, Kereama Taepa, Couzyn Van Heuvelen, Rah, Shelley Niro, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Jordan Stranger, Yung Yemi, Tsēma Igharas, Joi Arcand, Caroline Monnet, Mark Stoddart, KC Adams, Kaaterina Kerekere, Jean Marshall, Culturans and Jerry Evans.

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Artwork by Yung Yemi, when the fam lose faith hold them up

Nuit Live

Nuit Live will be 12 hours of live streaming of screen based artworks and archival images created by the Data Visualization Studio (Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo, Immony Men) accompanied with soundscapes provided by special guests DJ Fizza, DJ Kookum, Odario and Ofield Williams and DJ KillaKels. Nuit Live will feature 11 commissions and existing artwork from more than 20 national and international artists contributing digital artworks. Eleven art projects will be available to view during the live stream.

Witness artworks by Amrita Hepi, Johnson Witehira, Rah, Shelley Niro, Culturans, Sage Paul, Caroline Monnet, (Natalie Robertson, Graeme Atkins, Alex Monteith), (Aparita Bhandari, Mai Nguyen and James Harbeck), Hannah Brontë, Kaaterina Kerekere, Camille Turner, Racheal Rakena, (Dr. Karlo Mila and Michael Bridgman), Kereama Taepa, (Kura Puke, Stuart Foster and Kurt Komene), and Louise Pōtiki Bryant.

Nuit History

Over its 14-year history, Nuit Blanche has had a great impact on Toronto and grown into one of the largest public art exhibitions in North America. As part of Nuit Blanche 2020 online access to this incredible history starting with the inaugural event in 2006 right through to 2019 will be widely available to the public. Images, videos, curatorial text and artists information will all be accessible online with new content from Nuit Blanche alumni artists and curator added through the year. More than 1600 art projects are in the archive.

Participating major institutions are: 401 Richmond, the Aga Khan Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, East End Arts, Gardiner Museum, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, MOCA, North York Arts in partnership with Cinematoscape, Royal Ontario Museum and Humber College.

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Artwork by Amrita Hepi

Nuit Talks

Nuit Talks provides the opportunity to examine and showcase the art and artists involved in Nuit Blanche, alongside with broader conversations about public space and art within the new social order with key arts leaders and creatives from Canada and abroad. On-going support of the virtual Nuit Talks is supported by premier partners the Doris McCarthy Gallery and the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

The Nuit Talks program will include these live presentations:

  • Public Engagement with Outdoor Festivals, September 29 at 8 p.m.
  • Exhibitions, Galleries and Social Distancing, October 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Nuit’s Virtual 2020 with the Mayor, October 3 at 8 p.m.
  • Community Organizers and Engagement with the Public, October 8 at 8 p.m.
  • Digital Pivoting Overuse of the Screen, October 15 at 8 p.m.

Previously recorded Talks are available on demand on the Talks webpage.

Nuit Podcasts – Belonging to Place

Conversations with artists, elders, arts leaders and scholars from around the globe will uncover the stories and connections between cultures, communities and the environment, to transform the future of public art in this series of ten 40-minute curated podcasts.

The Nuit Podcasts program released on October 3rd will include these presentations:

Episode 1 – A Home for Our Migrations, explore concepts of home and history with artists Shelly Niro, Duke Redbird, Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Michael Belmore.

Episode 2 – Unsettling Place will unpack ideas of colonialism and slavery as the grounding foundation of the creation of cities with critical thinkers Dr. Ngarino Ellis, Dr. Jolene Rickard, Odario Williams, Natasha Henry.

Episode 3 – Memory and Belonging will explore the waves of people connecting to new homes and the creative interventions that allow for people to communicate their own sense of place. With artists Caroline Monnet, Yung Yemi (Adeyemi Adegbesan), Director X, Amrita Hepi, and Rah.

Future episodes will be released monthly through to April 2021.

The City of Toronto is committed to providing an accessible event. Closed captioning will be available on all Nuit Blanche 2020 streaming services. Additional podcasts and the complete Nuit Blanche program are available at http://toronto.ca/nbto

Contact: nuitblancheTO@toronto.ca