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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014: Safe Space

Oct. 4, 2014 - Oct. 5, 2014

Gradient test patterns, 8-bit visions and playback glitches. As the digital becomes more pervasive in our everyday lives, it seems as if we’re increasingly nostalgic for the analog. For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014, Safe Space was a series of site-specific performances and installations that evolved through the night, with artists’ leading a communal exploration for guests into physical and virtual natures, delving into the graphic artifacts from a pre-bits and bytes world.

D R A K E H O T E L (1150 QUEEN ST. W.)

SARA LUDY + NICOLAS SASSOON - WALLPAPERS

Wallpapers is a collaborative on/offline project founded in 2011 by artists Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Sylvain Sailly, where artists create digital patterns that are shown online as well as offline as site-specific installations. For the Drake Hotel’s facade, Ludy and Sassoon created a time-based, large-scale video projection featuring a series of animated GIFs playing with the monumentality and materiality of the architecture, turning the facade into an otherworldly and psychedelic landscape.

ANALOG PRESERVATION NETWORK W/PETRA GLYNT, PALE EYES, ZONES + DOOMSQUAD

If you stopped by the Drake Lab in August 2014, you probably encountered Analog Preservation Network during its “PRECURSOR” residency, developing their site-specific installations for Nuit Blanche. Founded by Damien Lebiedzinski and Peter Rahul, the local collective strives to revitalize analog aesthetics with a journalistic lens. They undertook a DTV video art takeover of their analog visuals, a special Sky Yard projection by members Katie Switzer and Paul Moleiro, and Holodeck, an Underground installation featuring intergrated live feedback visuals and performances by Petra Glynt, Pale Eyes, Zones and Doomsquad with special guests Troll Kunst, Brian Schirk, Raki Malhotra & KAHUNA.

VANESSA RIEGER - TARP GHOST

Since 2009, Rieger has been working on Tarp Ghost, an ongoing project exploring our relationship with the temporary shelter that lasts forever. “One ­day tarps and plastic mediums such as acrylic paint will be altered or banned for healthier, biodegradable materials. But what happens to these current plastics today? How long will they lie in our landfills?” explains Rieger in her artist statement. “What does this say about our future, right now? What does it mean to paint such a subject matter, with such a chemical mean? Will it be obsolete tomorrow?” Rieger transformed the Drake Cafe’s north patio into an immersive environment where guests came, sit and relaxed under a tarp canopy, and watched a projected image of the Tarp Ghost conducting a ritual surrounded by seemingly redundant plastic materials like VHS tape, CDs, old computer parts.

D R A K E L A B (1140 QUEEN ST. W.) OLIVER PAUK + MICHAEL VICKERS - SPECTRA LOGIC

AKIN Collective will be our Drake Lab artists-in-residence from October 1-16, so it seemed appropriate for members Pauk and Vickers to show Spectra Logic, an ongoing series of site specific works centred around a process involving digital feedback projection loops and accompanying sculptures created for one-time performance. The work is grounded in the relationship between man and digital machine and the successes and failures that result.