80 mega art projects will be part of 2016 Nuit Blanche Toronto

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Four exhibitions will enthrall visitors at all-night Toronto event

More than 80 contemporary mega art projects will be exhibited across Toronto for 12 hours from sunset to sunrise on Saturday, October 1, 2016, as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto.  Select projects from the popular all-night event will remain on view to the public through Thanksgiving weekend until Monday, October 10.

The City of Toronto on Tuesday  announced the exhibition locations, as well as some of the artists who will present projects at the 11th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto.

For 2016, Nuit Blanche Toronto will feature four City-produced exhibitions called “Militant Nostalgia,” “And the Transformation Reveals,” “Facing the Sky” and “Oblivion.” Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured more than 1,300 art installations by nearly 4,600 artists and has generated over $268 million in economic impact for Toronto. Nuit Blanche Toronto is part of a 10 day program which includes Extended Projects.

Details about the exhibitions, their curators and participating artists follow and are included in this Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 preview video.

Militant Nostalgia
Paco Barrágan (Santiago, Chile) is the curator of visual arts at Matucana 100, Santiago de Chile and contributing editor for ARTPULSE magazine. His exhibition “Militant Nostalgia” is a meditation on history and time that will feature 10 projects stretching along John Street between Dundas Street and Front Street. Nostalgia functions as a bridge between the collective (history) and the individual (memory), pursuing a reflective inquiry of the past enabling a challenging utopian vision of the future.

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Flashback to 2015 Nuit Blanche Toronto.

Artists featured in this exhibition include Rebecca Belmore (Vancouver) with a project co-produced with the Art Gallery of Ontario entitled “Mzinsin zid negowi-kiing,” Santiago Sierra (Madrid, Spain) with “100 Plastic Containers for Human Corpses,” and Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky (Toronto/Vancouver) with “The Museum of Broken Watches.”

And the Transformation Reveals
Camille Hong Xin (New York) is a writer and freelance curator who was involved in the Chinese underground art scene in the ’90s. “And the Transformation Reveals” will explore the mystery of transformation and metamorphosis, with projects spread along Bay Street from Dundas Street to Front Street. Hong Xin’s exhibition suggests a process where essence and/or appearance are reconfigured to discover and illuminate inner poetry, emotional conflicts and spiritual inquiries in specific narrations between time and space, history and memory, nature and greed, and life and death.

Artists include Daniel Canogar (Madrid, Spain) with “Asalto Toronto,” Lisa Park (New York)  and guest artist Peggy Baker (Toronto) with “Eunoia II” and Kurt Bigenho (New York/Los Angeles) with “Everyone Thinks the Same Thought.”

Facing the Sky
Louise Déry (Montreal), director of the Galerie de l’UQAM (Université du Québec) has received the Hnatyshyn Award for curatorial excellence (2007) and the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts (2014). “Facing the Sky” is a contemplation of the intangible power of the sky and a consideration of its fragility featuring 10 projects along the waterfront between Bay Street and Harbourfront Centre. The exhibition will evoke one’s place in the sky, starting level with the ground and reinvent the geography of the night to introduce a world of bright stars and black holes, of dreams as much as fear, of survival and apocalypse, and of heaviness and weightlessness.

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Brad Goldstein’s (@bradg_) shot of “Empreintes” at Nuit Blanche Toronto 2015

Artists include Julie C. Fortier (Rennes, France) with “Smelling the Sky,” Zacharias Kunuk (Igloolik, Nunavut) with “Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change,” and Myriam Yates (Sherbrooke, Quebec) with “Planetarium/Terminal.”

Janine Marchessault (Toronto) is a curator, author and founder of York University’s Future Cinema Lab. Michael Prokopow (Toronto) is a historian, curator, critic and faculty member at OCAD University. Previous Nuit Blanche Toronto curators, Marchessault and Prokopow return to the event with their exhibition “Oblivion.” Three monumental projects will be located at Nathan Philips Square and in City Hall.

The three projects will explore the elemental aspects of cosmic existence: “Death of the Sun” from Director X (Toronto), “Pneuma” from Floria Sigismondi (Los Angeles), and “Ocean” from Phillip Beesley (Toronto), sponsored by H&M. Autonomous and connected, these works encourage reflection on the immensities, vulnerabilities and breathtakingly terrifying realities of the universe.

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Travel packages
lOne-night and weekend packages starting from $90 are being offered to  at seven downtown hotels including visitors travelling to Toronto for Nuit Blanche: Bond Place Hotel, the Grand Hotel and Suites Toronto, Madison Manor Boutique Hotel, Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront, the Ivy at Verity Boutique Hotel, Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto and the Westin Harbour Castle.

Visitors who book a two-night stay with any Nuit Blanche Toronto hotel partner will receive an invitation to Behind The Nuit featuring an exclusive sneak-peek experience of the exhibition “Oblivion” at City Hall on the evening of Friday, September 30. This special event will enable visitors to experience the work while learning more about the curators, the artists and their creative process.

Bond Place Hotel, the Grand Hotel and Suites Toronto, Madison Manor Boutique Hotel, Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront, the Ivy at Verity Boutique Hotel and Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto are also offering special packages through October 10 for visitors who want to take advantage of the extended projects.

Look for information on 2016 Nuit Blanche and updates at http://www.nuitblancheto.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/nuitblancheTO, Twitter at @nuitblancheTO and Instagram at @nuitblancheTO. Event hashtag is: #nbTO16. – CINEWS

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