Midnight Mirage, part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 11:00pm to Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 11:00am

Instructor Vessna Perunovich presents her performance/video installation, Midnight Mirage in the parking lot between Prime Gallery and Art Gallery of Ontario School of Art on McCaul Street. For the duration of the event the artist will be serving a humble Serbian "Bread & Bean" dish to a circulating 12-member audience in a night-long ritual of food consumption and conversation.

Venue & Address: 
Parking Lot Parking lot between Prime Gallery and Art Gallery of Ontario School of Art, on McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario

Currents at Nuit Blanche 07: Alumni Reception

Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 8:00pm

Toronto's version of Nuit Blanche, the all-night, city-wide contemporary art celebration, returns on the weekend of September 29 to 30. This year, OCAD will mark the occasion with an Alumni reception, a speaker series and exhibitions from William Hodge and David McIntosh.
An Alumni Reception on Saturday, September 29, 4:00 pm, will kick-start Nuit Blanche celebrations. Why not reconnect with former classmates while enjoying fantastic hors d'oevres and an exclusive preview of OCAD's Nuit Blanche contribution? Tickets for the reception can be purchased online for $15 at https://secure.ocad.ca/currents/

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Art Aloud: The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Lecture Series: Artist Talk with Laura Bel'

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Friday, September 28, 2007 - 10:30pm

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 Lecture Series encourages discussions, dialogue and discourse leading up to the night of event. With participation from local and international artists from various mediums involved in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche these are sure to be lively and thought-provoking conversations.
Laura Bel'm was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1974. From 1993 to 1996 she attended a BA in Fine Arts at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil). In 1999 she got a grant from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and attended a Master of Arts in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art (London). She has been exhibiting in Brazil and abroad since 1998. Selected group shows include 2007- Drawing is a verb (Cole''o Madeira Corporate Services, Ilha da Madeira, Portugal), 2006 - Paralela 06: a comprehensive exhibition of contemporary art in Brazil, (Pavilh'o Armando de Arruda Pereira, S'o Paulo, Brazil) / Zoo Porfolio (Zoo Art Fair, Regent's Park, London, UK) / Con los ojos del otro (Centro Cultural de Espa'a, Montevideo, Uruguay) / Videometry: video as measuring device in contemporary Brazilian Art (Galeria dels angels, Barcelona, Spain), 2005 - Art Perform (Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA) / 51st Venice Biennale - Always a little further (Arsenale Galleries, Venice, Italy). One-person shows include 2006 - Fruit Market (Art Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach 06, Miami, Florida) / Galeria Luisa Strina (S'o Paulo, Brazil), 2005 - Ainda Outono. (Centro Mariantonia, S'o Paulo, Brazil), 2004 - Bolsa Pampulha (Museu de Arte da Pampulha. Belo Horizonte, Brazil). Laura Bel'm lives and works in Belo Horizonte.
Further information about her work can be found at http://www.laurabelem.com.br
Schedule and speakers subject to change.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Art Aloud: The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Lecture Series: City as Canvas

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 10:30pm

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 Lecture Series encourages discussions, dialogue and discourse leading up to the night of event. With participation from local and international artists from various mediums involved in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche these are sure to be lively and thought-provoking conversations.
Panel Discussion: City as Canvas
Thursday September 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
How does the twelve-hour duration of Nuit Blanche influence the artistic process, and what is the nature of an event that is impermanent and ephemeral? Featuring local, national and international artists, this panel will address urban space, public art and site-specificity.
Moderated by Toronto Star urban issues reporter Christopher Hume.
Panellists include:
Sara Graham: As a Toronto-based artist Sara Graham's practice centres on explorations of geographic fictions that blur the disciplines of art, architecture, urban design and geography.
Millie Chen: An active member of a number of artist-run organizations, Millie Chen's practice encompasses collaborative interdisciplinary projects that engage the public and public space.
Adad Hannah: Based in Montreal, Adad Hannah works in video and photography.
Dyan Marie: Artist and gallerist Dyan Marie explores urban issues, ideas and reflections on contemporary cultural experience. Dyan Marie Projects focuses her curatorial and artistic practices on the Lansdowne and Dupont neighbourhood where she lives.
Craig Walsh: Craig Walsh lives in Brisbane, Australia. Primarily interested in hybrid / site-specific projects and the exploration of alternative contexts for contemporary art, his work often utilizes projection in response to existing environments and contexts. He has been working across a range of art forms including theatre, architecture, public works, gallery exhibitions and festivals.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Grad Studies @ Nuit Blanche

Image of 'Human Heart' by Floria Sigismondi, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 4:00am

Among the hundreds of artists exhibiting throughout the streets for Nuit Blanche Toronto on October 1, 2016 from 7pm to 7am, are a collection of current and recent graduates of the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program.

Valerie Carew, Anna Kovler, and Garnet Willis (alumni) have work included in the Fly By Night exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St.). This exhibition “will showcase temporary installations with a particular focus on adaptive and ephemeral performance and installation.”

Current IAMD student Julian Majewski’s #TeeterTotter will be installed on the front lawn at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw St). Majewski’s “main interest in this project is how the #teetertotter encourages interaction while spreading a subtle yet powerful message towards celebrating DIY culture and aesthetic realization through recycling, repurposing, and scavenging.”

In addition, Michael Prokopow, Interim Dean, Graduate Studies is co-curator alongside Janine Marchessault of OBLIVION, one of the four city-produced exhibitions. Located in Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall there are three featured projects by Philip Beesley, Director X, and Floria Sigismondi (also an OCAD U alumni).

For more on Nuit Blanche Toronto @ OCAD U: http://www2.ocadu.ca/event/16321/nuit-blanche-toronto-at-ocad-university

For more on Valerie Carew’s work: http://valeriecarew.com/

and Anna Kovler’s work: http://annakovler.com/

and Garnet Willis’ work: http://www2.ocadu.ca/event/14071/garnet-willis-so-late-so-soon

and Julian Majewski’s work: http://www.arthappens.ca/

For more on the IAMD program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-masters-in-art-media-and-design.htm


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Nuit Blanche Toronto at OCAD University

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 11:00pm to Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 11:00am


An all-night essay film marathon and viewing party occupying the classrooms, auditoriums and hallways of OCAD University. We will screen classic, emergent, speculative and mobile works by students, faculty, local and international artists and designers in a cornucopia of essay film and video exemplary of our post-internet age.


The Modest Eyes is a collective comprising artists, designers, filmmakers and curators (mostly OCAD U alumni and faculty) who curate novel experiences with video, film and new media art in post-internet contexts.

Maggie Chan is a researcher, artist and designer based in Toronto. She holds a degree from OCAD U in 2D Design and Digital Media and has exhibited multimedia installation at the Gladstone Hotel, Gallery 1313, Art Spin and Ryerson University, Nuit Blanche 2015 and Whitby Station. Her work explores the interchange between technological developments, design and artistic practices.

Patricio Davila is an artist, designer and educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD U in Design, Liberal Studies, Digital Futures and Graduate Studies. Patricio is also a member of the OCAD U Mobile Media Lab, Visual Analytics Lab and Zero Lab. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson with a focus on Critical Approaches to Design and Information Visualization. He has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Onyeka Igwe is an artist filmmaker from London. She studied at Goldsmiths for a Master’s in non-fiction filmmaking and her work has been screened in festivals and galleries across the UK, Europe and North America such as the V&A, the London Film Festival and Planete+DOC. In 2015, Onyeka served as Festival Programmer for Toronto's Regent Park Film Festival. She has been involved in LimaZulu gallery and project space since 2011.

Preethi Jagadeesh is a Toronto-based artist and designer. She has a Bachelor of Design from OCAD U along with vast experience in experimental art and design, exploring combinations of traditional and digital media. Her works, which have been exhibited at The Gladstone Hotel and Gallery 1313, use moving images, experimental montage techniques and mixed media through a critically engaged lens.

Maiko Tanaka is a Toronto-based curator who has held positions at the Barnicke, InterAccess, and Casco. She holds a BFA from OCAD U and a Master’s of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. She is currently undertaking a curatorial residency at Trinity Square Video. Maiko was the curator of Nuit Blanche at OCAD University in 2015.

Participating Artists:

Alpha Girls (Alma Alloro and Jennifer Chan)
Mounira Al Sohl
Shirin Barghnavard, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshoor and Nahid Rezaei
Black Audio Film Collective
Jennifer Chan
soJin Chun
Dana Claxton
Lina El Shamy
Lindsay Fisher and Eliza Chandler
Richard Fung
Forensic Architecture (Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezza)
Onyeka Igwe
Soda Jerk
Kevin B. Lee
Chris Marker
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Sondra Perry
Hans Richter
Hito Steryl
Agnes Varda
Dziga Vertov
Anna Zett


This work, commissioned by the City of Toronto as part of curator Paco Barrágan's Militant Nostalgia, will be a large narrative mural depicting multiple interconnected spaces inhabited by various figures in movement. The narration will be symbolic, but also related to two of Toronto's prominent figures: Marshall McLuhan and Harold Coxeter. The choice of the figures is based on their strong significance for the methodology employed in this work. A large painting created using a set of CGI programs is complemented by an app which will allow the viewer to investigate with their tablet or smartphone the three-dimensional spaces depicted in it. Another function of the app will allow figures and geometric shapes to pop out of the painting. The mural is intended as an entity between our physical space and the space of the representations,opening a door toward infinite explorations.

This complex multi-layered project will be unfolding on 3 levels: outdoor, indoor, and virtual space. Each can be experienced independently, but they are also interconnected and enrich one another.


Specializing in fusing Americana, popular imagery, and traditional painting techniques, Nicola Verlato is best known for his highly refined allegorical surrealism that recalls the murals of Thomas Hart Benton and the heightened drama of 17th-century Italian baroque paintings. Featuring spectacular light effects, twisting nude figures, and dense compositions, Verlato’s work depicts a dark future that recalls a mythological past. In 2009, he represented Italy at the Venice Biennale with a series of sculptures and paintings, the latter recalling apocalyptic altarpiece panels.


A large banner copy of Verlato's painting will be installed on the exterior wall of OCAD U – highly visible to the Nuit Blanche publics and incorporated into the urban landscape. Gyroscope technology brings objects such as geometric polytopes and some figures out of the mural to the street, allowing them to float freely above those using iPads and smartphones. These polytopes can also be seen away from the mural view – whenever a person engages the app, adding these mysterious objects to his or her actual reality when viewed through the screen of their device. The app allows the painting to be brought out into the world.


The original painting will be installed on the wall of The Great Hall at OCAD U. Here, visitors can experience both virtual and augmented reality (AR). The first allows viewers to enter into the painting using their mobile devices to actually see what traditionally only be imagined, such as the backs of the figures, obscured parts of space, etc. By contrast, augmented reality brings characters out of the painting into a three dimensional form. In addition to objects in the painting itself, pedestals located throughout The Great Hall will include AR markers. The pedestals appear empty, but when the marker is activated with the app, virtual sculptures of characters in the painting are created, transforming what was a 2D image in the painting into 3D sculpture. With their mobile devices, the public can add volume to the otherwise flat painting.

Virtual Space

By using the app, the audience can explore the space of painting — entering into the world within the frame beyond what is visible, going to additional rooms, as well as exploring what is under the floor and above the ceiling of the depicted room. The music will change depending on the location of the viewer within this virtual world.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Main Building 100 McCaul St.
Nuit Blance

IAMD Grad Student JP King at Nuit Blanche

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 4:00am

Jp King (IAMD MFA '16) and Sean Martindale (IAMD alum, MFA '10) will be presenting There is no Away, a sculpture and site-specific video installation as a "Special Project" in this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. The collaborative project examines our consumer habits and waste systems, and is sponsored by Solid Waste Management Toronto.

Jp King is a transdisciplinary media artist and scholar, whose practice-led research examines material culture, social engagement, contemporary mythology, masculinity and speculative futures. Currently, he is completing his MA at OCAD U in Toronto, operates the experimental publishing lab Paper Pusher, is a designer and editor at Papirmass, sits on the Board of Directors at Art Metropole, and most recently was the guest director of Spark Box Studio Artists’ Residency. His social practice projects have been installed at the Art Gallery of York University, Whippersnapper Gallery, and the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture, amongst others. His collage, design and writing has been featured in publications such as Uppercase, Fast Company, Carousel, Penguin UK, and Chronicle Books. He lives in Toronto with his wife and collaborator, Kirsten McCrea.

Sean Martindale is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist and designer currently based in Toronto, Canada. His interventions activate public and semi-public spaces to encourage engagement, often focused on ecological and social issues. His playful works question and suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in urban environments. Frequently, Martindale uses salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways that prompt conversations and interaction.

There is no Away will be on view at Nathan Phillips Square on October 3, 2015, from sunset to sunrise.

More about JP King

More about Sean Martindale

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche - Reasons to celebrate!

Image from Chthuluscene, by PVS
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 4:00am

This Saturday “We’ve Been Expecting You” signs that are on lampposts around Toronto should prove accurate, but with a twist. About a million people will hit the streets to expect the unexpected.

That evening until sunrise will be the 10th annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a dusk-to-dawn art event that has earned a place as one of the centerpieces of Toronto’s cultural calendar.

In a city rich with experiences this year that range from the Pan Am Parapan Games to  the Blue Jays’ playoff drive, Toronto’s art-all-nighter is a special cause to celebrate. It’s a sign of a city playing at the top of its game when its public officials, its businesses and its people, recognize the importance of culture as the driving force for the economy, for tourism and social connectivity.

This year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche promises a wide variety of art and locations, for the first time including Toronto’s waterfront. There are curated programs by Agustin Pérez Rubio and Christine Shaw; an entire district by artist JR; and 10 for 10th — Memory Lane, assembled by Che Kothari. In this program OCAD U joins other Nuit Blanche institutional sites, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto, Gladstone Hotel, Drake 150, Gardiner Museum, Bata Shoe Museum and Artscape Wychwood Barns to celebrate the Nuit Blanche 10th anniversary. 

Experience points to several reasons why Nuit Blanche is a hit. It ignites peoples’ imaginations through engaging and challenging art. It is an opportunity for a first exposure to visual art for a younger audience and out-of-town visitors. It’s a social blender, drawing individuals, families and communities from the GTA and far beyond.

Nuit Blanche draws criticism — all answerable. Some say that the event has strayed too far from its original focus on art, filling the streets with enthusiastic, rowdy young crowds that are out for a good time.

Others say that there’s too much corporate involvement and focus on cultural tourism. Or they challenge the quality of the art works; find the art inaccessible.  Most importantly, some question the episodic nature of the event, expressing the concern that resources are focused on a one-time experience that does not train and retain an audience for contemporary art.

As Chair of the Volunteer Nuit Blanche Advisory Committee, I take these concerns seriously. It is true that Nuit Blanche relies on a mix of public and corporate support — it is a model for a successful approach to arts funding.  The payback to Toronto is meaningful.  Its impact since 2006 has grown from $1 million to $40.5 million last year, a lot of money flowing into Toronto’s economy for just one night.

Rowdy? Perhaps. Nuit Blanche is noisy and boisterous but it’s also fun and engages young and old as culturally diverse audiences interact with and comment on art works. Other countries in the world rejoice in cultural events that create a communal spirit around culture. Why not Toronto?  We have embraced Nuit Blanche, an arts-based concept that began in Paris in 2002 and spread to Montreal, Bucharest, Riga, Tokyo, and now Edmonton.

If people scratch their heads about some of the art they encounter, Nuit Blanche is doing its job. Contemporary art plumbs issues and allows its’ viewers to pause and experience the world in different ways. The City of Toronto and the curators work hard to choose work ranging from the spectacular to the intimate and is of the highest quality.

Nuit Blanche draws a wide audience.  This is a good thing, one that institutions can build on.  To respond to concerns about the lasting impacts of the night, Nuit Blanche has established Extended Projects to ensure that some works are accessible to the public for a longer time.  Let’s take the opportunity to review and refresh our public art policies in Toronto and find ways to retain some of the imaginative large-scale pieces that are part of Nuit Blanche on a permanent basis. 

I am proud that OCAD University has been a sponsor and leader in making Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche a ten-year success.  OCAD U is pleased to be part of Nuit Blanche and keen to champion it and show leadership. Art makes Toronto great and we are living in great times.

- Sara Diamond

Call for Submissions: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Projects

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 5:00am to Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 5:00am

Independent Projects

The Independent program has been assigned a curator for the first time in its 10-year history.

Toronto artists, museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, neighbourhoods and BIAs are invited to submit their proposals to be an Independent Project under the curatorial vision of "Memory Lane."

Watch Curator Che Kothari explain his curatorial vision for "Memory Lane" in a new video , visit the FAQs, Independent Projects 2015 Application Guidelines and Independent Projects 2015 Application for more details.

New this year - "10 for 10th"

To celebrate the 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the City of Toronto is engaging major cultural organizations across the city and creating a City co-produced exhibition area that responds to the curatorial vision, "Memory Lane" for the Independent Project program. "10 for 10th" is an application process within the Independent Projects program where artists can apply to have their project situated in one of the participating partner venues with funding and production support provided.

The "10 for 10th" venues are listed in the Independent Projects Application form.

How to Apply:

  • Download the event GUIDELINES (PDF) and appropriate APPLICATION form.

  • Read the Guidelines before completing the Application.

  • For the "10 for 10th" and Independent Projects you can choose to apply to one or both programs using the same Application form.

  • Complete all fields within the Application form. If you're not able to access the Word forms, please email ips@toronto.ca to request assistance. (Please note that in order to be considered you must fill out the relevant Application form and adhere to all programming criteria and submission requirements).

  • Email your Application and attachments to ips@toronto.ca. Please label your email subject heading as "Independent Project Application" and add your ARTIST/ORGANIZATION NAME. e.g. Subject: Independent Project Application - from Art Group Name.

  • You may send email attachments including PDF, jpg, mp3 and avi files. Please do not send eps or psd files. This mailbox can only accept attachments up to 5MB in total size. Please label all attachments with your name and your project's title.

  • If your Application was submitted successfully, you will receive an email response within two business days. If you do not receive this message, your Application was not submitted successfully.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Submission Deadline - "10 for 10th" and Independent Projects:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
For more information, email: ips@toronto.ca.

Applicants should be aware that their participation in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche's Open Call, Independent Projects and "10 for 10th" is not automatic solely on the basis of meeting the general eligibility requirements. All Applications are curated/juried against the criteria outlined in the Guidelines and selected based on artistic merit and project feasibility.

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Installation in progress of Stoke by Relay Studio, part of Gather. Photo by Martin Iskandar.

Gather, an independent project presented by OCAD U for this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, looks at shifting social, cultural and artistic boundaries and the intersections where the natural and the urban overlap. Curated by OCAD U alumna Marissa Neave (Criticism & Curatorial Practice), the installation is an invitation to interact with art in different — and sometimes unexpected — ways.

The annual all-night contemporary art event, held this year on October 5, sees thousands of visitors to Butterfield Park and the Sharp Centre for Design to see work curated and created by members of the OCAD U community. This year’s installation brings together work by four artists and a collective: Marc De Pape; Shannon Gerard; Annyen Lam; Christine Swintak and Relay Studio (Andrew Lovett-Barron, Eliot Callahan, Adam Carlucci and Nick Crampton).

Each piece in Gather requires audiences to interact with it. Neave describes Swintak and Gerard’s work as immersive, while Lam’s requires a more intimate experience of “peeking.” Relay Studio Inc. and De Pape’s pieces are transformed by visitors moving around the space.

“Nuit Blanche is the perfect opportunity to express the playfulness and spectacle in art,” says Neave, who considered focussing the installation on the idea of intervention, but became inspired by conceptions of nature and culture in the artists’ work. “When I started to piece together specific projects, I realized they all played with ideas of nature and culture in different ways. Each of the five artists presents an experience. In some cases, the reference to nature and culture is really prominent; in others, it’s more nuanced.”

Peer inside paper worlds

Lam’s piece in the installation, "Great Good Place," is a series of miniature world sculptures made out of the quotidian material of cut paper and housed in a freestanding wooden structure behind windows and peepholes. “Viewers are invited to enter the work with their own sense of space and scale,” says Lam. “The window/peephole presentation method is meant to dissolve the gallery space from the viewer’s range of vision and to deliver them into the thick of the paper worlds.”

Make a performance happen

De Pape’s "The Chime," was originally part of his graduate thesis project in Digital Futures, but he staged it on a larger scale for Nuit Blanche, with eight channels of audio running all night. “'The Chime' is a responsive instrument, meaning visitors will have an influence on the music. Even if it is not intentional, their presence will impact the performance,” says De Pape. “Either their body heat will cause the temperature in the room to rise and thus shift the composition by a half step, or they will trigger the motion detectors and cast shadows on the light sensors. All these factors contribute to the performance.”

A secret about De Pape’s "The Chime," for OCAD U community members in-the-know is that you can very gently tap the pendulum to trigger different sounds.

Learn more about Gather and its five artist contributors

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche listing

Project description and artist bios