Nuit Blanche Edmonton

September 23 & 24, 2016

Beaver Hills House Park

7pm–12am

Programming

Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky

Northern Lites Mini-Mart

Interactive Installation

With Northern Lites Mini-Mart Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky have created a life-scale sculptural homage to the common corner store in the form of a 300 square-foot lantern. Two thousand smaller lanterns are displayed upon shelves inside the store, illuminating its translucent walls.  These small lanterns, laboriously assembled by the artists, represent a cornucopia of products ranging from toothpaste to canned pork goulash.  During the course of the evening the store will gradually darken, as visitors enter the see-through building and select lanterns, which are offered for free, to carry off into the festival atmosphere of Nuit Blanche.  A sentimental version of a closing-out fire sale, this work invites as many questions about the complex nature of gifts as it does about things that are sold. Weppler and Mahovsky’s artwork focuses on the objects that comprise the background of the world. Though rooted in the tradition of still life, their art often takes the form of ‘living’ sculptures and environments that change in time.  These works are intended to trace the drawn-out, effortful processes that bring them into and out of existence.

Northern Lites Mini-Mart is the latest iteration of a project that has also been exhibited in Dallas (2015), Detroit (2014), Atlanta (2013) and Toronto (2012).

According to curator and critic Dave Dyment: “One of the best-considered Nuit Blanche projects ever, the work succeeds in numerous ways. Participants I spoke with that night attested to the care that viewers took to select the perfect item to take away, an intimate experience amongst the spectacle. It also advertises itself (and the entire event of Nuit Blanche) as the viewers carry the light into the rest of the city.”

This artwork will open for one night only: Saturday, September 24 from 7 pm to midnight.

Rhonda Weppler (born in Winnipeg) and Trevor Mahovsky (born in Calgary) have worked together since 2004.  They have MFA degrees from the University of British Columbia.  Exhibitions: National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, LABoral (Gijon), Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Power Plant (Toronto), Tokyo Wonder Site, loop-raum (Berlin), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax). Residencies: apexart, New York (Mahovsky), ISCP, New York (Weppler), Artspace, Sydney. Collections: Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal, National Gallery.

Location

Location: Beaver Hills House Park, Jasper Ave (between 104 & 105 Streets)

Blaine Campbell

Skyreach

Interactive Projection

Skyreach is an interactive, projection-based work. It will consist of a series of large slide projectors displaying circular astro-photography images on the sides of buildings. Skyreach will be activated by encouraging the public to use the projectors to create hand shadow puppets (ombromanie) as they engage with the work.

Imagery will be derived from the Hubble Space Telescope public use raw data archive. Space imagery is always subject to an interpretative aesthetic process, particularly in determining and assigning colour schemes. As such, I will use the raw data to create my own interpretation of the Hubble’s photographs. The resulting images will be UV printed on large glass slides. (UV glass prints will not fade over the course of Nuit Blanche.) Each projector will present three different slides, slowly rotating in and out of view similar to the phases of the moon.

The projectors will be fully enclosed, so as to avoid tampering or interference, and should be able to run autonomously.  LED lighting will be used to maximize light output while reducing heat and power consumption. Each install location will also include signage with examples of ombromanie hand placement, to further encourage public participation.

Blaine Campbell is an Alberta-based artist working in photography, sculpture, and film. He holds a B.F.A. in photography from the Emily Carr Institute as well as a B.Math. (Waterloo) and M.Sc. (Calgary). Blaine is the recipient of the National award in the BMO 1st Art! Competition and the Emerging Artist Award from the Contemporary Arts Society of Vancouver. His work has been exhibited in Canada and Europe, and he is represented by Republic Gallery in Vancouver.

Location

Location: Beaver Hills House Park, Jasper Ave (between 104 & 105 Streets)

Joel Adria & Amelia Scott

Nova

An Interactive Digital Parachute

Remember those parachutes you played with in elementary school gym class? Nova, the digital parachute, captures the essence of this quintessential childhood experience, but with some 21st century electronic fun! Children, the young at heart, and those looking to re-discover their inner child are invited to come together and celebrate the night under our e-textile canopy of stars.

Participants will be welcomed into the parachute circle and guided through a series of parachute games to unlock the magical potential of this interactive LED canvas. Accelerometers sewn into the parachutes handles generate light patterns based on each participant’s unique movements. Small ripples create mesmerizing effects, and larger synchronized waves can trigger a more spectacular Nova effect! Everyone’s movements bring this parachute to life, and working together is rewarded by unlocking dazzling light patterns when the team is in sync.

The gentle lift and fall of the 24’ parachute is made even more wonderful with an underbelly of LEDs that twinkle like stars when the parachute is lifted overhead and experienced from underneath. Nova ties into feelings of childhood joy and wonder, inviting the public to group together and play.

Nova will be constructed using a custom dark-coloured parachute, along with a dozen e-textile sensor computers and over one hundred multicolour LEDs.

Location

Location: Beaver Hills House Park, Jasper Ave (between 104 & 105 Streets)

Sergio Serrano

Staycation

Installation

Staycation is in part inspired by a news story of a teenager who, by photoshopping photographs and staging video calls from home, fooled her family and friends that she was on a holiday around Asia.

The piece is a series of found photos from different cities—taken from the top lists of most photographed cities in the world—presented on free-standing billboards to serve as backdrops for people to take fake vacation photos and geotagged by their phone on social media.

Sergion Serrano is an artist and graphic designer born in Mexico and based in Edmonton since 2003. He received a BA in Design from the University of Alberta in 2009. Literature and mythology are recurring themes in his artwork, which explores the narratives humans create in order to understand themselves and their place in the world around them. He works in print media and book works, creating images and objects that feel both familiar and unknown. His work also deals with the communication and transformation of these narratives in language, content and form. 

Location

Location: Beaver Hills House Park, Jasper Ave (between 104 & 105 Streets)

Dave Dyment

Lifetime Piling Up

Video Project

The film projector provides an apt metaphor for life lived: as the take-up reel accumulates, the feed reel diminishes. A finite lifespan is illustrated by a growing past and shrinking future. Lifetime Piling Up will project a programme of ten video works that chronicle the passage of time, games, rituals, things going around in circles, lifelines and timelines.

In Francis Alÿs’s Reel – Unreel, the camera follows a children’s game in Kabul, Afghanistan. Two young boys push a reel of film like a hoop, up and down hills, through town. One unspools the film and the other tries to re-gather it, as an example of “doing/undoing”. In her performative video Iron-Woman, Alexandra Bischoff irons and then wears her entire wardrobe. Micah Lexier divides the screen proportionally between life lived and life to come. Lisa Steele catalogues the scars on her body, recounting the story of their origin. Other artists include Dean Baldwin (Montreal), Corinna Schnitt (Brunswick, Germany), Jon Sasaki (Toronto), and Miruna Dragan/Jason de Haan (Calgary).

Compiled by curator and video artist Dave Dyment, the program takes its title from a 1992 Talking Heads song and includes internationally celebrated works alongside productions by emerging and mid-career artists. All have been selected for their ability to communicate to both art audiences and the broader public. In addition to the scheduled screening[s], looped ambient videos will play continuously throughout the evening.

Location

Location: Beaver Hills House Park, Jasper Ave (between 104 & 105 Streets)

Event Guide

Need help navigating Petite Nuit? We’ve got you covered.

When and Where?

Petite Nuit takes place September 23 and 24, from 7 pm until midnight, both nights. Most exhibits are open both nights, but Northern Lites Mini-Mart is open only on Saturday the 24th.

All of the action takes place at Beaver Hills House Park on Jasper Ave between 105 and 104 Streets.

What To Do?

We’re so glad you asked: Petite Nuit is a contemporary art event—like the smaller sibling of last year’s Nuit Blanche—which means interesting, sometimes challenging art is all around you. The festival’s official program is comprised of five artworks that will exist for a very limited amount of time, and this year everything centres around the same spot downtown—Beaver Hills House Park—so it’s really easy to find.

Need more ideas? Visit our info tent for information on exhibits, amenities,  to find out more about who we are, or grab some Nuit Blanche swag!

Is Petite Nuit Kid Friendly?

Petite Nuit is everyone friendly—it’s an all-ages event that features something for everyone. So bring your kids, bring your grandma, bring everyone you know. It starts at 7 pm and runs until midnight, giving families plenty of opportunity to check out exhibits before late, and night owls time to get their fix as well.

Getting There

Transit

Most of the action takes place at Beaver Hills House Park on Jasper Ave (between 104 and 105 Streets), so transit is your best option. To arrive in the centre of the action, take the LRT to Bay / Enterprise Square Station, and come upstairs.

Bicycle

If you live nearby, or even if you don’t, a bicycle is another excellent way to get to Petite Nuit. There will be plenty of places to park your bike near the event site.

Driving

A number of surface lots and parkades surround the Petite Nuit event site where you can keep your vehicle while you enjoy the festivities.

Food and Drink

A variety of food trucks will be found on the site.

First Aid

We’ll have you covered if anything goes wrong and you need medical assistance. Our first aid staff will be located at the information booth.

Security

There are plenty of security personnel walking around Petite Nuit to ensure things run smoothly.

Washrooms

We will have everyone’s favourite portable toilets on site.

About

Presented by Nuit Blanche Edmonton, Petite Nuit is a “petite” version of last year’s inaugural Nuit Blanche. It’s still a late-night celebration of contemporary art and urban space, but more modest in scale. Petite Nuit will feature five commissioned artworks over two nights: Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2016. As always, the exhibition is free to the public and suitable for all ages.

Nuit Blanche is an international movement that uses contemporary art to transform urban spaces. The first Nuit Blanche was held in Paris in 2002, and Edmonton’s first event took place in 2015. The night was a great success featuring work by the likes of Yoko Ono, Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed, local sound artist Gary James Joynes, and many more. The event brought more than 50,000 people to the downtown core.

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