This Saturday Toronto will morph into landscape of contemporary art for the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. From dusk til dawn you can troll the city from Greenwood to Roncy and Lakeshore to St Clair and take in the arts festival. There are over 150 unique projects so take a few minutes and review the event listing to plan out your night. The biggest attractions will usually have long lines so dress warmly and be patient.

Here are our favorites:

Beacon 2012 Sculpture

Beacon is a fantastic and carnivalesque skeletal sculpture based on historic lighthouses of the 1800s. Inspired by the “floating” structures that once perched along coastlines and inner waterways, artist Alison Norlen draws on the imagination of architectural follies and the ornamentation of Victorian pleasure sites and theme parks such as Luna Park and Brighton Pier, as well as personal memories and references. Extending the expansive skeletal drawings and miniature wire forms that have been part of Norlen’s artistic practice for the last decade, the welded architecture transforms the ghost-like surfaces of familiar and forgotten structures she has been exploring – 20th century sites of fantasy and cultural artifice – into large built form.

QUASAR 2.0: STAR INCUBATOR 2012 – Light and Sound Installation

Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator (Q2:SI) is an immersive interactive light and sound installation proving an evocative spatial reflection of renewing and evolving life-cycles. The light and sound events are expressions of a multilayered generative system that transports ever-changing narrative structures through emergent characteristics. The Q2:SI body is conceived of an array of structural prototype elements, electronic sensors and control elements that form an intricate three-dimensional spatial configuration. The installation’s life-form is comprised of several converging real-time data streams: local infrared and electromagnetic fields, and external oceanic temperature, solar weather, and weather data collected at the Antarctica Weather station. A local information screen provides tangible date sourcing and processing of the multiple inputs.

All Together Now 2012 – Dance

Built form and public space give rise to an ambient choreography that shapes and directs our urban experience in tangible ways. All Together Now brings the body in motion into the architecture of the city in an experiential collaboration. Like architecture, dance requires the creative manipulation of materials (in this case the body in motion) to compose a distinctive world.

Earth–Moon–Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon), 2007 – Sound Installation

A player piano, alone in an empty room, plays a familiar tune: Beethoven’s 1802 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, commonly known as Moonlight Sonata. But something’s not quite right. Some notes sound off-key, while others appear to be missing. Moreover, the tempo lacks the emotional intensity and dramatic flair that we expect from this classic of romantic music.

 

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