On September 30th at 6:59 pm, 401 Richmond transforms into a one-stop, high-energy artistic experience, with site-specific, interactive installations representing a synergy between on-site galleries, tenant artists, and the broader arts community – all under one roof!
Brick, Brink and a Space in Between will feature engaging and entertaining, site-specific installations and performances that will activate public sites throughout 401 Richmond. This special Nuit Blanche program includes an experimental animation by Saimaiyu Akesuk (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) and Cheryl Rondeau (Toronto), a durational performance by Jessica Bebenek (Montréal), a found technology installation by Jacquie Green, immersive environments by Redux Lab (Toronto) and SubZeroArts (Toronto), a collection of works on paper by Nicotye Samayualie (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) and Qavavau Manumie (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) and a suspended sculpture by Alex R.M. Thompson (Toronto) and 8eleven Collective (Toronto). In addition to this suite of one-night-only presentations, many 401 Richmond tenants will make their spaces available for artful experiences during Nuit Blanche extended hours.
Built for Art 2017 Program & Schedule:
Saimaiyu Akesuk and Cheryl Rondeau
Location: First Floor
Nicotye Samayualie and Qavavau Manumie
Location: Main Hall
The Waste Land
Watch this performance progress throughout the night as the artist translates T.S. Eliot’s canonical poem “The Waste Land” into a knitted tapestry. The artist will knit the 500-line poem over 12 hours, using a pattern she created by translating stressed and unstressed beats of each line of poetry into lines of knit and purl stitches.
Eliot’s poem uses intentionally obscure language and references and was written to be understood only by his fellow male Modernists. What happens when Eliot’s coded language is translated into the coded language of a knitting pattern? By performing the hidden labour of knitting, Bebenek critiques the artificial divide between ‘fine arts’ & ‘crafts’ and the systemic devaluation of ‘women’s work’.
Touch the tapestry, listen to the words, read the pattern, discuss ideas, and follow along at #k2togproject & @notyrmuse on Instagram.
Location: Freight Elevator, First Floor
Location: First Floor
Experience a unique multi-point sound-sculpture using the sounds of sun-spots, cosmic radiation and radio anomalies.
Visitors of all ages are invited to explore an immersive sensory environment created using other-worldly sounds broadcast by a series of mounted metal antennae. Radio static, solar interference, deep-space transmissions and more are all interwoven, resulting in a one-of-a-kind aural environment defined by audio frequency radio waves bringing unheard sounds to the forefront of our consciousness.
Once they’ve entered this sound-space, participants will experience the aesthetic nature of a newly designed aural environment without subconscious filters, inspiring the realization of the myriad spaces around them and the many possible futures that all of those spaces offer.
Location: Spadina Entrance
Scopitones Under the Stars
Before there were music videos, there were Scopitones! A screening under the stars of selections from Heath’s collection of 1960’s French and American jukebox films.
Alex R.M. Thompson and 8eleven Collective
Stratigraphy: Landscape Imprints.
The installation employs printmaking techniques to create a visually spectacular experience through a composite of acrylic, reflective panels (mirrors), and light. The work references a succession of rock layers, where at each level lies a context that embodies geographic artifacts or natural events and historical human practices. The sculpture, floating like a crystal chandelier, captures the viewer’s image and reflects it onto an ephemeral 3 dimensional map of Toronto’s landscape and histories that are engraved on the panels. These acrylic and reflective panels together with theatrical lighting act as a blank slate on which personal histories of every occupant of the space can be enacted. The work challenges the notion of obsolescence folding past (the panels), present (the reflection), and future (the reimagined vision) into one instant of interaction.
Location: Foyer, Richmond St. Entrance
Open Studio Members
This year the theme of Nuit Blanche 2017 is Resistance, Monuments and Protest. Printmaking has a history of being a medium that can share messages widely. For Nuit Blanche 2017, Open Studio will be opening its doors to the public to print “SAVE 401” takeaway posters, tote bags, and t-shirts (we encourage the public to bring their own t-shirts – BYOT). This is not a year to sit idly by while taxes are raised on arts and cultural buildings in Toronto. Location: Open Studio, Studio 104
Until 11 PM
This interactive installation fuses sound, light, and people to create a dynamic architectural piece that kinetically responds to the energy of its users. To do so, the installation measures the ambient noise levels within an enclosed public space in order to activate suspended orbs of light to move in a glowing sinuous wave. Based on the frequency of sound in the room, the movement of the light orbs will vary; as the volume of ambient noise increases or decreases, the orbs will either speed up or slow down in response. The resultant effect is a completely responsive ceiling condition of undulating movement that continuously evolves as users create various types of noise in the space.
Location: 1ST Floor Loading Dock
A Space Gallery
Adrian Stimson: Mourning and Mayhem
Location: Studio 110, 1st Floor
Main Gallery: Jennifer Walton: Fire, Ice and Snow
Project Gallery: Peter Burega
Location: Studio 128, 1st Floor
Open Studio Gallery: Daniel Barrow: Poem, Kathleen Ritter: In Broad Daylight
Print Sales Gallery: Suzanne Nacha, Endi Poskovic and Suzie Smith: Playful Tangents
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery: Jeannette Nguyen
Location: Studio 104, first floor
Until 11 PM
The Red Head Gallery
Who Are You?
Location: Studio 115
Until 1 AM
TAG – Tangled Art Gallery
sab meynert: Progress is a Spiral Upward
Location: Studio 122, first floor
Trinity Square Video
The Emerging Digital Arts Awards
Location: Studio 121, 1st floor
A Reasonable Assurance of Permanency
Location: Main Floor
Erin MacKeen: Monuments + Mysteries
Location: B020 Lower Level
Location: Studio B002
Until midnight or later
Swipe Design | Books + Objects
Location: Studio B004
Until midnight or later
Location: Main floor
4 AM or until the crowds go home
Dark Horse Espresso Bar
Location: Lower Level, Northeast Entrance
Until 1 AM