Friday, 7 October 2011

Nuit Blanche

   Each year on the first Saturday of October most of downtown Toronto turns into an interactive art exhibit from 6:49 pm on Saturday to sunrise on Sunday and this year there were 132 separate art installations divided into three regions of the downtown area.

   The City of Toronto commissioned 45 public art exhibits by local, national and international artists while the local educational, cultural and neighbourhood groups and institutions had independent art projects. All installations were free and open to the general public. My favourite was the streetcar at the corner of Yonge and Dundas streets which was turned into an adventure ride and can be seen on the video below.

   Another example was Scotiabank’s Fluxe project:
FLUXe is an imaginative collaboration of strangers and artists coming together to create on a large digital canvas - a 100 foot x 33 foot LED screen suspended on the north side of Scotia Plaza. In this interactive digital art installation, you’ll have the opportunity to transform the urban back drop of Scotia Plaza with your own creative vision in collaboration with one of nine featured artists.
Be the artist!
Move your finger to create brushstrokes that instantly transform the grey cityscape into a space that echoes your most unique inner artistry. Once you’ve created your whimsical composition, watch as other people add their creative twist, making it a constantly changing work of art. Then go to the FLUXe facebook gallery to see your artwork and to enter for a chance to win a Blackberry playbook.
A diverse group of artists spanning a wide range of artistic styles created brush patterns to make your painting even more inspired. Combine their vision with your creative finger for an unforgettable foray into immersive art.

   And here is another video:

  There're lots of more videos of the various installations on youtube. Public transit was available all night but no cars.

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