Monday, March 16, 2009

Curators Announced for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2009

Toronto will be transformed for the 2009 edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which will include four exhibitions in different parts of the city curated by five Canadian curators.

The area around City Hall in Zone A will be curated by Gregory Elgstrand as "The Circle With The Hole In The Middle" and will venture into a continuous play of interpretations that will explore ideas celebrating death, philosophy and parades. Yonge-Dundas Square, also in Zone A, will be headed by Thom Sokoloski under the title "What were we before?" It will take the form of an interactive and participatory space in which individual engagement with art will be highlighted. Zone B, taking place in the financial district, will feature visual and extra-visual artworks within the shadows of the urban, concrete environment after dark. This exhibition, entitled "Nightsense," will be curated by Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher, who is a former professor of mine from York University's graduate program in art history. Zone C, encompassing Liberty Village and dubbed "Urban Disaster / Catastrphe / Survival Actions," will be curated by Makiko Hara and will use strategic creative survival actions to investigate the universal human ability to cope with memories of war, disaster and catastrophe.

View an introductory video where the Nuit Blanche curators discuss their creative visions and plans for each zone:

The 4th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will take place on October 3, 2009 from 7:00pm until 7:00am. For more information, visit

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