Toronto held its third all night art festival called Nuit Blanche this Saturday, well into the morning of Sunday. I decided to explore the art scene in the city. After walking for four hours, I decided it was very ... interesting.
First up was city hall, where they set up a Light Machine.
There were giant speakers making all sort of weird spooky sounds (aliens music) and letters between the City Hall buildings kept changing. We saw "FATE", "LONE", etc.
I don't know what it meant, but it seemed very popular. Lots of people were around to see the letters change.
Some exhibits later we came across one that promised ghostly spectres would arise from the ground to recite deadly premonitions (or something to that effect). Well, at least they didn't disappoint.
One cool exhibit (and what I thought was real art) was one exhibit that let people paint whatever they want using a light pen, and it was projected on the side of the huge building near Ryerson University.
Well this guy decided to have a little fun making the Public Green P Parking symbol that led people to think there was a parking garage there,
and that it was Free Parking!
Thankfully the street was closed to traffic else we would have had a traffic jam!
There was this slide outside the Toronto Stock Exchange.
It's supposed to represent the wild slide the market had undergone in the last year.
The weirdest, and freakiest exhibit was the Witch's Cradle. Participants were blindfolded, kept waiting for sometime, then led to a 'bag' that folded around them and then lifted up and was swinging gently from side to side.
I read the explanation and I still don't know what it meant!
We went down all the way to Front St., and Pinball Clement (Argonaut coach) and a couple of his people were there, meeting and greeting people! We went all the way up to University of Toronto and then on Bloor St. before heading home.
One thing I got to think, even though some of the stuff was just plain weird, it was great to be out in the city at night and it was great to see what creative people could come up with. Creativity, and freedom of expression, great way to stimulate thinking and keep a society progressive.
See also: Nuit Blanche from 2006