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Light up the night at U of T: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Five installations to catch before sunrise

One night a year for the past decade, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has transformed Toronto into a colossal celebration of art, illuminating the city’s incredible talent and imagination for all to enjoy.

With so many amazing installations and locations to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start your Nuit Blanche adventure. Fortunately, U of T students, faculty and staff don’t have to go far to immerse themselves in the Nuit Blanche experience as the university welcomes the city to a number of on-site installations.

Here’s a round-up of five Nuit Blanche installations to see on the downtown campus:



photo of Engineering hoarding

Street Art Installation 
55 St. George St.

See a unique collaboration between U of T and Jason Wing (a.k.a. SKAM), one of Canada’s best-known graffiti artists. This installation brings to life the spirit of the new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE), the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and the engineering profession.

Stretching along the east side of St. George Street north of College Street, the project is the longest single graffiti installation in the City of Toronto and highlights some of the connections between the university and the city.

During Nuit Blanche, the exhibit will also feature a video about the creation of the mural. Student ambassadors will be on site to answer questions about the mural, the field of engineering and the CEIE. Follow along with the hashtags #CEIExSKAM and #uoftengineering.

CEIExSKAM is a sponsored exhibit by the University of Toronto. For more details visit www.engineering.utoronto.ca/events/ceiexskam-at-scotiabank-nuit-blanche/

Time of the Empress

photo of OISE at Nuit Blanche 
(Image via http://amt.parsons.edu/finearts/faculty-aziz-cucher-in-a-public-art-proj...)

Light Projection on the outside of OISE
252 Bloor St. W.

Reflect on the nature of time and the impermanence of empires while you watch images of modernist buildings suspended in loops of simultaneous construction and disintegration, projected onto the front of OISE. This installation is best viewed from across the street, on Bloor Street and Devonshire Place, next to Varsity Stadium.

(For more details visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/project.html?project_id=1533)

Muscle Memory

photo of women dancing 
(Image via: www.marloweporterphotography.com/#/dance-projects-muscle-memory/)

Dance performance  
Hart House, East Common Room on the first floor, 7 Hart House Circle

Investigate the body’s capacity to carry memories with this dance work by Marlowe Porter. Involving a creative process using various methods to physicalize personal and collective memory, the vigorous and fluid choreography brings memories back to life, conveying them in their most visceral form, through flesh, bone and breath.

(For more details visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/project.html?project_id=1601)

Raptor’s Rapture

photo of raptor
(Image via: http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2013/07/tarrawarra-international-2013-pres...)

Performance Art 
Hart House, the Great Hall, 7 Hart House Circle

Ever wonder what a flute carved 35,000 years ago from the wing bone of a griffon vulture sounds like? Wonder no more. Artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla invited a flutist to play such an instrument in the presence of a live endangered griffin vulture. They captured the results on a film to be played in the Great Hall at Hart House.

(For more details, visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/project.html?project_id=1540)

I've Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

photo of the installation
 (Image via: http://catherinechan.ca)

Light installation 
University College Quadrangle, 15 King's College Circle, entrance off Tower Road.)

Reflect on the power of love and light with this text-art installation inspired by the Temptations’ 1964 hit, “My Girl.” The artist investigates the ways that love opens our hearts and how memories of love evolve over time as well as the ways in which our memories can be affected by mental health conditions.

(For more details visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/project.html?project_id=1577)

2015 marks the 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. From Saturday, Oct. 3 at 6:55 p.m. to sunrise on Sunday, Oct. 4, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is set to transform Toronto into an all-night celebration of contemporary art.

Produced by the City of Toronto, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is one of the largest contemporary art events in North America. Last year, the event attracted an audience of more than one million, including nearly 200,000 out-of-town visitors, and generated an economic impact of $40.5 million.

The schedule and information about sponsors are available at www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca.