NUIT BLANCHE 2015 EDITION
Its the one day a year where they turn the entire city into an art gallery. Where aesthetics and artistic merit lie in the eye of the beholder.
This being the events 10th anniversary, they decided to have a special curator for this year and that lucky recipient was none other then Chetan “Che” Khotari multi hyphenate artist, instigator, activist for social change, and founder of the non profit Manifesto.
ScotiaBank the proud sponsor for the last decade informed the city and the festival at the beginning of the year that this would be their last year as title sponsor. No one from the city, Nuit Blanche committee or Scotiabank would elaborate any further then the talking point our priorities no longer align and therefore we are ending our sponsorship. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why one of the most art friendly corporate instituitions stopped its support of the event.
The first five years of Nuit Blanche went off the way everyone envisioned, then someone got the idea to throw an unofficial unaffiliated pop-up party, it went well and word of mouth about the event spread, as the years have progressed, so have the unofficial and unaffiliated pop-ups. About three years ago a pop-up that had formed at the monument at Queen and University avenue was shut down by cops and although they did it politely that year, in ensuing years the police have heavy handedly quashed the pop-ups as soon as or before they got going and this friction has stoked fires which has lead to Nuit Blanche become as much a Mardigras atmosphere as it is about Art. And while the chaos at Dundas Square and other incidents that occurred this year were unfortunate, they highlight the hyper sensitive nature that is society today. Corporations walk the instant they perceive their brand will get tarnished or painted with a brush that may damage its reputation irrevecably. That being said lets get to some of the highlights from the evening.
Shoes That Line the Lane – Cyril J Williams
Silent Knight – Ekow Minako
The Eyes On The Bridge – JR
Beaufort Lava Field – Robert Wysocki
For a more in-depth look at Nuit Blanche 2015 check out the Video below