In curating part of this year’s Nuit Blanche, visual studies prof Christof Migone looked for work that could be seen (or heard) from afar
Christof Migone, a professor of visual studies at U of T Mississauga, curated Zone C for this year’s all-night arts event, Nuit Blanche. In deciding what to include, Migone looked for projects that explored concepts of movement, gridlock and mobility. “From hearing people’s complaints about line-ups at past Nuit Blanches, I got the idea that instead of the audience lining up for the work, the work should line up for the people,” Migone said. “It’s a utopian idea, and you realize it’s not actually possible, but in most cases people didn’t have to line up.”
In the photo above, a white van becomes a “kind of lighthouse on land,” says Migone. The piece, Auto Lamp, by Kim Adams, features a truck that is punctured, lit from within, and rotating on a platform. It casts patterns of light on its surroundings and viewers alike.
Artist Max Streicher, stuck three giant inflatable clown heads, made of vinyl from recycled billboards, between two buildings in a Yonge Street alley. “We expect [clowns] to be funny and yet many people experience them as sinister,” Streicher has said. All the more so when the heads are lit from below at night.
Early 20th century composer Eric Satie left instructions on how to perform “Vexations”: “to repeat 840 times this motif, it is advisable to prepare oneself in the most absolute silence, by some serious immobilities.” Accordingly, two pianos were played simultaneously to reach 840 times in 12 hours. Each sheet of music, once played, was folded into a paper sculpture.