Curated by Earl Miller, Out of Site: Neighbourhood Walks features art work and performances by important Toronto artists: Andrew Lochhead, Camille Turner, Lawrence Weiner (curated by Su-Ying Lee and Jennifer Davis of Rear View (projects)), Society of Homo Ludens (Talayeh Hamidya and Gelarah Saadatpajouh), Rea McNamara & Danielle Meder, and Judith Doyle with GestureCloud.
Nuit Blanche is a night for exploring downtown Toronto on foot. Keeping this in mind, Miller has made walking tours integral to this year’s exhibition. Other selected artists address the vibrant Queen St. West neighbourhood itself.
No Blue Jeans, No Nice Sweaters, No Big Bop Rejects
Artist: Andrew Lochhead
Location: Queen St. West between Beverley and Soho
Artist Andrew Lochhead plays necromancer to the spirits of Queen West’s Goth/Industrial music scene and retail sector in this new work that combines a self-guided walking tour with an eight hour DJ performance of Goth, New Wave, Punk and Industrial club classics.
Visitors can explore sites of significant subcultural activity, read text panels and watch former and current business owners, scenesters and local historians tell the stories of the black clad denizens of Queen West through videos accessible via QR Reader enabled mobile devices and/or join the artist for late night dancing and music.
The work – which derives its title from a poster that once informed patrons of the Sanctuary Vampire Sex Bar, of the nightclub’s strict Goth dress code – serves as both a means to commemorate Queen St. West’s Goth history but also as a meditation on the changing nature of Toronto’s first heritage retail district.
The Resistance of Peggy Pompadour
Artist: Camille Turner
Location: Begins at Women’s Art Resource Centre, 401 Richmond St. West
This sonic walking tour telling the story of an enslaved woman from the town of York (presently Toronto), whose owner, Peter Russell, lived on a farm located at Queen and Peter Streets.
Raised by Pansy, her hard-working single mother, Gloria is a sophisticated young woman who has a rich inner life that involves time travel beyond her control. It’s her 21st birthday and her mother has taken her to the King Eddie Hotel to celebrate but little does she know she’s about to travel through time to meet Peggy, a woman who was imprisoned there when it was the site of Toronto’s first jail.
As Long As It Lasts
Artists: Lawrence Weiner, presented by Rear View (projects)
Location: CAMH, 501 Queen St. West
As Long as It Lasts is a self-referential and endlessly interpretable work by Lawrence Weiner dating from 1992. Here, on a commercial stretch of Queen Street West, it is situated upon a rare visually discreet facade – the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). CAMH exists in contrast to its patently consumerist milieu, drawing attention only through its lack of attention seeking tropes. In this context, As Long as It Lasts beckons viewers to consider altogether, their consumerist intentions and that which lays hidden in plain site.
Lawrence Weiner‘s primary medium has been wall installations since the 1970s. Throughout his practice, Weiner has pursued inquiries into language and a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer relationship. Making art is Weiner’s method of negotiating the world, defining his relationship to the world by evaluating how his work adapts in a given situation. Each work is a dialogue with the world within a particular moment. Each exhibition is a two-sided participation in the world entered into by the artist and the viewers.
Rear View (projects) is an itinerant site for art and a curatorial collective that mobilizes the constituents art, place and audience through the employment of unconventional platforms. Rear View (projects) is tied to space and place but not a space or a place. The members of Rear View (projects) are Jennifer Davis, an architecture practitioner and Su-Ying Lee, a curator of contemporary art.
Queen West Labyrinth
Artists: Society of Homo Ludens
Location: Begins at Alex Wilson Community Garden, 522 Richmond St. West
You are in a Labyrinth: a game by Society of Homo Ludens
There are three defining elements to a labyrinth: a starting point, a centre and a path in between that connects the dots. In ‘You are in a Labyrinth’, we have identified the starting and centre points. The path is created by you. Listen, listen carefully, and listen intently. At the centre, a reward is awaiting you, where you will be given an insight into yourself and the world around you, only if you complete the path from the beginning to the end. But first you have to sing an oath to enter the labyrinth.
‘You are in a labyrinth’ is a game by ‘Society of Homo Ludens’, a Toronto-based research and experimental studio founded in 2012. Two of their most recent works include the award winning Play the Walk, and The Soudan Project.
We are inviting you to explore the city and discover yourself in it.
Hashtags: #youareinalabyrinth #snbTO #QueenWestBIA
Artists: Rea McNamara, Danielle Meder (with special set design by Trixie & Beever)
Location: Proper Reserve, 498 Queen St. West
Image by Danielle Meder
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Artist: Judith Doyle, GestureGloud
Location: Duke’s Cycle, 625 Queen St. West
Turnstile is an interactive installation networked across Toronto and Beijing. Located in the window of Dukes Cycle, Turnstile displays real time motion captures of passerbys using LED screens. At set times during Out of Site, gestures carried out by pedestrians in Toronto will trigger a light in the Eco Air Bubble at CMoDA (China Museum of Digital Art) Beijing, illuminating a bicycle-powered air purification system.Turnstile continues the ongoing investigation of art’s relation to networks, politics, and labour undertaken by GestureCloud, a collaborative team founded by Toronto-based artist Judith Doyle and Beijing-based artist Fei Jun.