OCAD University will be exploding with music, lights, video and thought-provoking exhibits on Saturday, Oct. 3, as it opens its doors to thousands of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche revelers. OCAD U is one of the 10 major cultural organizations partnering with the City of Toronto in the 10 for 10th – Memory Lane exhibition curated by Che Kothari. With an additional four independent projects on display, there will be more to see than ever before under the iconic “tabletop” of the Sharp Centre for Design.
“Scotiabank Nuit Blanche continues to bring active engagement with the compelling power of visual art to a wide range of Torontonians, often for the first time as well as attracting significant cultural tourism. For this reason OCAD University has participated in and actively built Nuit Blanche since its launch and we are thrilled to partner with the City of Toronto as one of the 10 for 10th venues,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, president of OCAD University and chair of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Advisory Committee. “In addition, we are exhibiting four Independent Projects that challenge the notion of time and memory, while providing an unforgettable experience for visitors.”
10 for 10th – Memory Lane installation
Co-produced by OCAD U and the City of Toronto in association with New Adventures in Sound Art, Jane Tingley and Michal Seta’s Re-Collect will fill the Great Hall with sound and light. Fibre optics, LEDs, speakers and microphones are combined in a tree-like form that interacts with visitors as they move through the space.
Signs of Life presents four art installations curated by Maiko Tanaka for OCAD University in response to the theme Memory Lane. The exhibition explores memories that emerge from human and non-human relationships, shifting from the idea of memory as the preservation of the past, towards the marking of wondrous forms of life in the present and future.
This bloom your nightly companion
public art installation
Location: Butterfield Park
A moonlight garden in an overlooked section of Butterfield Park is the setting for this work. Offering a quiet zone for nightly contemplation the piece is a gentle, botanical monument to the nocturnal energies of Nuit Blanche, accompanied by poetic texts that evoke stories of plant and human companionship. Pre-dawn visitors will receive limited-edition packets of seeds of the night-blooming plants. The moonlight friendly plants will quietly proliferate long after the event thanks to the support of OCAD U’s Onsite Gallery.
Landscape design by Emily Hogg gardens.
interactive gestural performance and projection
Public Visualization Studio invites participants to pair their mobile phones with others to search for signs of life on a far-away planet in this immersive and interactive installation. Set in a time long after Earth’s extinction, the terra-forming activities of participants will be projected onto a gigantic, fifty foot wide screen and will be accompanied by a series of sonic performances by Egyptrixx over the 12 hour duration. Participants can connect via the local Wi-Fi network to interact with the piece.
where white pines lay over the water
mixed media installation
Location: Main Lobby
A collection of voices of historians, archaeologists and elders comprise a virtual 360 degree soundwalk of the Humber River Valley. Accompanied by archival images and a map of the walk, the piece invites viewers to see the layers of knowledge buried in the land and to hear the environment, which sings the songs of the transformation of time, space and memory. Created from an Indigenous perspective, the piece functions as an alternative tour guide to competing settler accounts of the area.
Visitors are invited to take this Humber River soundwalk on their own time.
video and photo installation
Location: Transit Space
Acting on instinct, the artist dug a hole in a piece of land she inhabits on the Prairies, “to see what the soil looked like and felt like and smelled like under the thick prairie grasses and the wild rose bushes.” Since then, the hole has evolved over time, becoming populated and used by various critters, becoming a space of interspecies curiosity and co-habitation. For this iteration of The Hole, Duvall is using projection, photographs and ambient sound to recreate sections of the hole.
Don’t miss Martha Ladly’s CBC Newsworld Holodeck at OCAD U’s Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St. The Holodeck features a Big Data visualization of CBC Newsworld broadcasts, allowing viewers to search for and view hundreds of news stories using spoken phrases, movement and keyword browsing in a gesture-driven video display.
Linda Duvall is a Saskatoon-based visual artist whose work exists at the intersection of collaboration, performance and conversation. In most projects, Duvall starts by setting up conditions or a framework and then she pays attention to what happens. Duvall focuses on how unique individuals emerge and are revealed within a societal context. An OCAD U alumna, Duvall’s work has been exhibited in Guatemala, Ireland, Spain, Slovenia and across Canada.
Vanessa Kwan is a Vancouver-based artist and curator. Her practice often involves the production of work in public space and a negotiation of collaborative, spatial and social parameters. Recent projects include a permanent public artwork called Geyser for Hillcrest Park (with Erica Stocking); Sad Sack, a series of collaborations on the subject of melancholy; and Everything Between Open and Closed, a study of signs. She is a founding member of the performance collective Norma, which was honoured with a City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Public Art in 2011.
Julie Nagam was recently appointed the first UWinnipeg/WAG Chair in the History of Indigenous Arts in North America. A past assistant professor in OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture program, her research, curatorial, and artistic practices are grounded in concepts of Native space. Nagam’s work where white pines lay was shown in Brazil and France in 2013, and singing our bones home was shown at Landslide/Possible Futures in Markham, Ontario.
PVS (Public Visualization Studio) is a collective of artists, creative technologists, designers and researchers. Members have exhibited nationally and internationally, and have worked in a variety of areas, including public projection, media architecture, locative media, video installation, exhibition design, and media and design scholarship. PVS is comprised of recent OCAD U graduates and current OCAD U faculty, including Bohdan Anderson, Maggie Chan, Dave Colangelo, Patricio Davila, Chao Feng, Immony Men, Symon Oliver and Andrei Vasilios.
Michal Seta is a researcher and developer at Society for Arts and Technology and research assistant at matralab (Montréal, QC), composer/improviser, performer and digital artist. His works have been exhibited/performed in Europe, USA and Canada.
Jane Tingley is an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Media in the Dept. of Fine Arts and the Stratford Campus at the University of Waterloo. Her work combines traditional studio practice with new media tools. She has participated in exhibitions/festivals in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at OCAD University is presented in conjunction with the 10 for 10th program at OCAD U, Re-collect by Jane Tingley and Michal Seta, co-produced by the City of Toronto and OCAD U, with the support of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA).
Image credit: Chthuluscene, PVS