Christine Irving and her wild band of collaborators won a people’s choice prize at last year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche with Flux and Fire and this year they’re fanning the flames even harder. Irving is a leader of Toronto’s Interactive Arts, the amorphous collective behind The Heart Machine, a flame throwing, interactive sculpture built for the 2010 Burning Man festival (above).
The Heart Machine finally debuts for a hometown crowd this Saturday night and promises to be one of the more spectacular works on display. The piece features a 6-foot by 10-foot industrial heart surrounded by four 16-foot “arteries”. Control points allow participants to manipulate the rhythm and size of fireballs that shoot up to 25-feet into the sky. READ MORE
Protest is the name of the game at this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, or at least a principle underlying theme. Curators of the event checked into the Drake Hotel yesterday evening for a Nuit Talks panel addressing the subject at the heart of this Saturday’s “all night art thing,” taking over downtown streets beginning at 7 pm. Curators (above from left) Candice Hopkins, Shirley Madill and Nicholas Brown each detailed the thinking suffusing their NB zones.
As panel moderator, David Liss (Artistic Director and curator of MOCCA) below, observed, “the organizing theme of the core initiatives this year is how artists and curators use contemporary art as a platform to raise awareness, to make a statement, to tell cultural, social and political stories.”
A number of artists participating in the various zones were on hand to explain and discuss their works. The final Nuit Talk takes place Saturday afternoon (October 1) from 3:30 – 5:30 in the City Hall rotunda (100 Queen Street West).
Art Gallery of Ontario president Tony Gagliano shares a laugh with Senator Linda Frum, left, and AGO CEO Matthew Teitelbaum and Tamara Rebanks (George Weston Limited VP), all of whom spoke at this morning’s opening of the new 35,000 square foot Weston Family Learning Centre at the AGO. The new facility offers innovative art education programming to children, youth, families and students of all ages, and features 6,000 square feet of studio space. The new wing was designed by Toronto firm Hariri Pontarini Architects.
David Pecaut Square was humming yesterday with a musical festival celebrating Franco Ontarians or more properly, le Jour des Franco-Ontariens et des Franco-Ontariennes. These photos were taken near the end of the celebration as choruses of young singers joined arms to sing “Notre Place.” It was a very welcoming, family-oriented event.
Photos by Christopher Jones
More than 100 enthusiastic supporters including Ward 28 Councillor Pam McConnell (pictured in green) turned up at the Toronto Sculpture Garden yesterday evening to celebrate the park’s 30th anniversary. Sculpture Garden patron Marc Odette, above, recalled the history of this pioneering public-private partnership, which was started in 1981 by his father, the late Louis L. Odette. Since then, what was once a parking lot, has hosted 64 large-scale works of contemporary sculpture including the newly installed Gold, Silver & Lead by artist Jed Lind, below.