The rose is without why, 2013
It's hard not to get caught up in all of the enthusiastic energy in the city during Nuit Blanche as the streets are flooded with with art enthusiasts and party animals alike. As a celebration of modern art, it's hard to know what to expect when you head out for the evening even if you've done your research and read up on all the exhibits and installations.
|Music Box, 2013, John Dickson|
I am often most excited to see exhibits with elements of performance or audience participation. This year was no exception as the clowns had the people laughing, the intstruments played themselves at the amazement of the spectators and we took turns leaving notes behind. I love that the festival doesn't just celebrate the works created by the artists, but recognizes art as a collaborative experience between artist and spectator.
Forever Bicycles, 2013
I couldn't talk about this year's Nuit Blanche without mentioning the most famous piece of the evening, Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles. Having seen a smaller version at the AGO just a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to see this on the large scale and it did not disappoint. Nathan Phillips Square was a buzz with thousands of people eager to get a closer look at the 3000 interconnected bicycles. It was quite something to be able to walk through them and spin the wheels. The most specatular element of these bicylces for me was the way that together they looked as though they were in costant motion.