Nuit Blanche always feels like the first sign of winter because you're forced to wear layers if you want to make it through the night. An excuse for people to do shrooms and clubs to stay open late, the annual festival from dusk to dawn is one that forces all walks of Toronto out on the town. In the past I went out with a group of friends and we roamed the streets, trying to get to as many installations as we could in roughly 10 hours. Compared to previous years, the exhibits were of pretty low scale but definitely encouraged conversation and debate about some of today's most prevalent issues. My favourite installations this year included Ripple presented by Subaru - a poetic yet playful embodiment of the notion that we can achieve more together than alone, that every action creates a ripple effect - and There Is No Away - a smelly installation that explored our consumer habits and waste systems. While King St., Spadina Ave., and Queen St. West were packed with spectators, there weren't as many overhead-street exhibits as previous years, forcing people to the waterfront and financial district, as well as neighbourhoods in the north end of the city. Black Cloud, an installation made out of 30,000 black moths was breathtaking and can still be viewed from 10-5 at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Queens Quay, Toronto. 

Missed Nuit Blanche? 14 exhibits are on extended display across Toronto until October 12th, 2015

Some of my favourite exhibits included Forever Bicycles by Ai WeiWei and the Garden Tower by Kadashi Kawamata. I also had the chance to participate in the Smoke House installation where people would pedal on bikes to create enough energy to make smoked salmon in a small hut behind. The coolest part was being able to try the fish at the end.

Peep some of my pictures from this year's Nuit Blanche, here.

- V

 

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