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Jewish Top 10s: Installations @ Nuit Blanche 2013

Nuit Blanche is a night-long art festival that runs all over the city of Toronto; in anticipation for tomorrow night's event, we've compiled a list of the top ten installations that feature Jewish artists or Jewish themes

By: Daniel Koren
Published: October 4th, 2013 in News » World
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013

Welcome to Jewish Top 10s, where we compile lists that highlight the best and the brightest of everything yehudi, from delicious recipes to funniest actors, to most obnoxious Jewish wedding songs.

Since its inaugural event in 2006, Nuit Blanche (White Night) in Toronto has grown into one of the biggest and most popular city-wide events, with, this year, hundreds of local and international artists displaying over 65 free independent art installations offered across the city, dozens of bars staying open till 4am (as opposed to the normal Toronto-wide curfew of 2am), unique food trucks and restaurants offering special menus just for the occasion, and many other such events for the artistically inclined.

Naturally, many of the Jewish members of the art community (not just from Toronto, as the event features artists from across a global spectrum) take part in festival, offering fresh artistic interpretations, Jewish themes, and progressive ideas that will forever change how we digest the word 'art'.

Last year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche featured over 500 independent artists and garnered an estimated audience of over a million people, including 170,000 from out of town. This year, the event looks to surpass those numbers; curated by renown art critic and Paris-based independent curator, Ami Barak, whose worked on exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in Vienna, Nuit Blanche 2013 is sure to entertain, dazzle, and keep you strolling across the streets of downtown Toronto until 6am.

For a complete list of the artists involved in this year's festival, click here.

Enjoy.

TOP TEN

10.


INSTALLATION: Convergence - North

LOCATION: Spadina House Museum, 285 Spadina Road

TYPE: Multi-media

ARTISTS: Elizabeth Greisman - Toronto, Canada

Gloria Stein - Toronto, Canada

Radha Chaddah - Toronto, Canada

Barbara Cook - Toronto, Canada

Jewlz Bailey - Toronto, Canada

Richard Beaty - Toronto, Canada

Yaiza Decaudin - Toronto, Canada

Scott Eunson - Toronto, Canada

Jose Ortega - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Wendy Wobeser - Kingston, Canada

Hathorah Sound Collective - Toronto, Canada

Terry Gambarotto - Toronto, Canada

"Experience this multi-disciplinary, multi-media, multi-artist event in an enchanted setting. Interact with 11 atmospheric installations cast in a variety of media including light sculpture, digital art, painting, sculpture, textile art and vocal and instrumental music.

A gathering of minds and media from both the arts and sciences manifest in form, light and energy. Shapes, symmetries and patterns found in nature merge with the expansive lawn, gardens and structures on the Spadina Museum grounds.

This project is linked with Convergence South at Mackenzie House Museum, 82 Bond Street."

This collective of 'Convergence - North' brings together a group of artists and scientists with a special interest exploring scientific concepts and discovery through art. It provides news interpretations that allow us to learn about contemporary ideas by using art forms that have been prevalent for centuries.

The Hathorah Sound Collective will perform at the Musem between 7pm and 11pm."

9.


INSTALLATION: Everyday Marvels

LOCATION: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen's Park

TYPE: Performance Art

ARTISTS: Shannon Litzenberger - Toronto, Canada

Lorna Crozier - Vancouver, Canada

"Everyday Marvels is a new, episodic performance installation conceived, created and directed by Shannon Litzenberger. The program will feature 16 miniature vignettes (or ‘marvels’) created by 8 local choreographers based on Lorna Crozier’s recently published volume of poetry The Book of Marvels – A Compendium of Everyday Things. The quotidian objects interpreted in Corzier’s poems, such as ‘bowl’, ‘vacuum’, ‘flashlight’, and ‘wheelbarrow’, will become the subjects of exploration through a cyclical, 12-hour, performance piece.

The cast of Everyday Marvels will feature more than 50 professional and community-based artists."

Everyday Marvels allows you to breathe in poetry by witnessing and taking part in performance art.

8.


INSTALLATION: (X)Static Clown Factory

LOCATION: University Avenue & Gerrard Street West

TYPE: Multi-media & Street Performance

ARTISTS: Ruth Spitzer - Toronto, Canada

Claire Ironside - Toronto, Canada

"Inflated. Deflated. Clowns and balloons. It is a potent combination. Balloons inflate and cause wonder, deflate and cause despair. But what does it mean if there is no one to suffer the ecstasy of the one or the disappointment of the other? So if there are balloons there must be clowns.

(X)Static Clown Factory is a Seuss-inspired enactment of the economy of desire. These are working clowns, the float is their workshop, the parade route their assembly line, and we will experience the night shift. All within a static parade that, of course, makes no "progress" whatsoever.

A multi-media construction-come-depot, the float featuring balloons, custom inflatables, flagging tape, tyvek, helium, air, bubbles, and sound and light will be slowly stripped of its balloons throughout the night. Along the parade route, clowns equipped with specialized tools, gadgets and costumes, entertain through social commentary and by awarding clown paraphernalia, prizes, and ‘lantern’ balloons to the lucky and the brave. Depending on the hour you may meet a happy, sad, greedy, goofy or slightly nasty clown. Some onlookers will even be drawn in and ‘clownified’.

When the last clown has punched out and the morning shift has arrived, the (X)Static clown factory will fold up shop."

7.


INSTALLATION: The Little People

LOCATION: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

TYPE: Installation

ARTISTS: Workparty - Toronto, Canada

"In January 2012 thousands of Russian activists were banned from publicly protesting against alleged local election corruption. In response they staged a demonstration of small toys which, unfortunately, was also banned by authorities. In appreciation of these activists, Workparty will be staging a similarly spirited protest at Toronto City Hall.

Workparty is an evolving collective of artists and designers based in Toronto. For this project, participants are Bonnie Devine, Mike Dudek, Martina Hwang, Ryan Legassicke, Paul Kawai, Gwen MacGregor, Lewis Nicholson, Lena Rubisova, Stephen Fisher, Elliot Vredenburg and Emma Wright."

'The Little People' is an installation that deals with current issues that face us all; as there is still a very dynamic Jewish community in Russia, we cannot help but feel for the problems they are currently being forced to deal with, including the new laws that ban members of the LGBT community basic human rights, and also, President Vladimir Putin's ongoing relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Bring in the spirit of the revolution, and revel in rights we are lucky to experience by living here in Toronto.

6.


INSTALLATION: 36km: Toronto Alleyway Exploration Project

LOCATION: Harlem Restaurant, 67 Richmond Street East

TYPE: Projection

ARTIST: Danielle Sernoskie - Toronto, Canada

"While most Torontonians are unfamiliar with the city’s alleyways, the extensive network is in fact a valuable contributor to the culture of the city. Alleyways both attract and inspire a unique collective of; graffiti artists, installation artists, film media artists, photographers and architects. It is the gritty nature of Toronto's alleyways that draws these artists and it is this gritty nature that fascinates.

Sernoskie writes: "In an area bound by Bloor St, Bathurst St, Parliament St and Lake Ontario, I spent the summer of 2011 locating, navigating and photo-documenting approximately 36km worth of Toronto's alleyways. As I walked along each corridor I consistently took photographs at a fifteen-step interval in my direction of travel. During Nuit Blanche, participants will experience the diversity of Toronto's alleyway network as I did - fifteen steps at a time."

The '36km: Toronto Alleyway Exploration Project" allows the city's local residents to thoroughly explore its canals, brimming with graffiti art, multi-media art, and more. The project ignites a sense of community into all of us, as we discuss and view the sometimes controversial street art that many argue is the livelihood of Toronto's art community.

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