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[URBAN NOTE] Outsiders2012

It turns out that I was wrong, that the man-sized effigy I’d seen carried on someone’s shoulders during Nuit Blanche was part of an official exhibit, Outsiders2012. The project has an official website, and Nuit Blanche has this to say of it.

Outsiders2012, 2012

Seeingred
Ramune Luminaire – Big Cedar, Canada
Judith Mason – Peterborough, Canada
Micky Renders – Peterborough, Canada
Anne Renouf – Peterborough, Canada
Kim Renders – Kingston, Canada

Interactive Installation

Outsiders2012 highlights the way we treat strangers. With interest? With suspicion? With an open heart? With contempt? The Outsiders want to be included. How will people at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche respond to an invitation to participate in a project where openness and hospitality lie at its heart?

Throughout the night Outsiders will appear around the downtown core. Life-sized, luminous, human-like forms are visiting Toronto for the first time. They need your help. “If you find me, take me with you, take a photo, pass me on. Post photos to Twitter or Facebook (Outsiders2012).”

Follow what happens by visiting the Outsiders’ Headquarters at the Urban Eatery in the lower level of the Toronto Eaton Centre. Each Outsider will be dispatched from HQ and go somewhere downtown. Watch the live streaming of uploaded images, and track the experiences of the Outsiders as they unfold. This project can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook (Outsiders2012).

Seeingred artists live and work outside Toronto in what often feels like a parallel universe. Their mission is to bring art into people’s daily lives, often moving beyond traditional exhibition sites, into public spaces and onto the streets.

Seeingred is a fluid collective of artists who share an interest in social commentary and a wish to make art more accessible. Recent shows include: Galerie Centrale Montreal, Anna Leonowenz Gallery at NSCAD, Artspace and the Art Gallery of Peterborough, The Campus Gallery in Barrie, Station Gallery in Whitby and The Artist’s Project Toronto.

Buddy on her shoulders, Nuit Blanche 2012

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm

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[URBAN NOTE] Jing Yi at the Church of the Redeemer

Probably the most interesting thing I saw at Nuit Blanche was, at 1:30, a performance by Toronto-based drum troupe Jeng Yi at Church of the Redeemer on the northeast corner of Bloor Street West and Avenue Road. Jing Yi performed a piece from their interesting Tent & Semaphore

(I’ve a 2008 photograph of the church from across the street and photographs from 2011 of a wedding reception on the church’s grounds.)

I missed the first few seconds, sadly, and the shakiness of the image shows my lack of advance preparation. I think the clip I filmed still shows what a great performance it was.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm

[PHOTO] The balloons of House of Lords

Another non-exhibit at Nuit Blanche, this column of balloons stretching out to a traffic pole in front of the House of Lords hair salon at 639 Yonge Street caught my eye. Pretty colours in the night.

The balloons of House of Lords

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Jing Yi at the Church of the Redeemer

Probably the most interesting thing I saw at Nuit Blanche was, at 1:30, a performance by Toronto-based drum troupe Jeng Yi at Church of the Redeemer on the northeast corner of Bloor Street West and Avenue Road. Jing Yi performed a piece from their interesting Tent & Semaphore

(I’ve a 2008 photograph of the church from across the street and photographs from 2011 of a wedding reception on the church’s grounds.)

I missed the first few seconds, sadly, and the shakiness of the image shows my lack of advance preparation. I think the clip I filmed still shows what a great performance it was.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

[PHOTO] Buddy on her shoulders, Nuit Blanche 2012

One of the most eyecatching things I saw this Nuit Blanche wasn’t one of the exhibits, but rather this woman carrying this man-size sculpture on her back at the intersection of Yonge and Gerrard.

Buddy on her shoulders, Nuit Blanche 2012

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

[PHOTO] The balloons of House of Lords

Another non-exhibit at Nuit Blanche, this column of balloons stretching out to a traffic pole in front of the House of Lords hair salon at 639 Yonge Street caught my eye. Pretty colours in the night.

The balloons of House of Lords

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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[PHOTO] Buddy on her shoulders, Nuit Blanche 2012

One of the most eyecatching things I saw this Nuit Blanche wasn’t one of the exhibits, but rather this woman carrying this man-size sculpture on her back at the intersection of Yonge and Gerrard.

Buddy on her shoulders, Nuit Blanche 2012

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

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