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Artists Transform the City for Nuit Blanche Projects

By Erin Letson October 1, 2008, 9:00 AM EDT

Saturday at 6:52 p.m. marks the beginning of the third annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the all-night contemporary art party that's become one of Toronto's most popular public events. Spread over three zones—downtown north, downtown south, and southwest—the event features a total of 155 works, a mix of curated exhibitions and independent projects in places like museums, galleries, and parks.

This year, Yoko Ono's three-part installation Imagine Peace will be displayed at Liberty Village, and Kaeja d'Dance will hold performances, accompanied by video and art, in the stables at Casa Loma. Berlin-based Project Blinkenlights will create “Stereoscope,” which will transform 960 windows of Toronto City Hall into a constantly changing screen of graphics which are automatically generated as well as affected by public interaction through a variety of interfaces located in Nathan Phillips Square.

For a new twist on repurposed materials, artist Katharine Harvey will hang a blanket of water bottles on the Ontario Power Generation building to create the look of a waterfall. To make the night more manageable, the event's Web site has six suggested itineraries, with categories including TechnoArt (focusing on technologically-based works), small-scale projects in the Intimate Encounters collection, and Art on a Grand Scale, which may be viewed by large numbers of people from numerous vantage points.

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