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March 9, 2009
Curators announced for fourth edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Four City-produced exhibitions by five Canadian curators will transform Toronto’s streets at the 2009 edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on October 3, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher will present visual and extra-visual artworks within the shadowy world of the financial district after dark. The projects for NIGHTSENSE critically and playfully engage the spectre of market destabilization, the invisible transmission of broadcast signals, as well as hauntings from a locale where early Toronto history has been all but erased. Installation/performance artists and paranormal forecasters FASTWÜRMS, Canada’s 2005 Venice Biennale representative Rebecca Belmore, and veteran conceptual artist and Order of Canada recipient IAIN BAXTER& represent just a portion of artists reconsidering the sensory economy by intensifying the subtle but powerful links between bodies, aesthetic perception and shifts in capital.

Drobnick and Fisher are the founding members of the curatorial collaborative DisplayCult. Their shows include MetroSonics, upcoming at the National Gallery of Canada, along with Odor Limits (2008), Listening Awry (2007) and Museopathy (2001). Drobnick's publications include The Smell Culture Reader (2006) and Aural Cultures (2004), and Fisher is the editor of Technologies of Intuition (2006).

Gregory Elgstrand will curate a circus of ideas in the area surrounding City Hall entitled The Circle With A Hole In The Middle - a circus where one thing does and does not lead to another. The circle describes a hole to be filled with an idea to be thought. But not just the one idea - it is a place where many ideas come together in a celebration of death, philosophy and parades in a play of interpretations that produce yet more ideas in a never-ending circle. His exhibition will feature a playful aural escape by Toronto artist Anitra Hamilton, and an intricate endurance dance piece choreographed by the Dora-award-winning Susie Burpee.

Elgstrand is a Toronto-based curator and writer and producer. He recently served as director of the YYZ Artist’s Outlet in Toronto, and is the former Director/Curator of the Art Gallery of Calgary. He has curated and organized numerous exhibitions across Canada and is part of the organizing group behind Reverse Pedagogy 2 to be held in Venice in June 2009.

Makiko Hara from Vancouver will address the universal human ability to accommodate and survive memories of war, disaster and catastrophe through strategic, creative survival actions in her exhibition in Liberty Village entitled Urban Disaster/ Catastrophe/ Survival Actions. She will be featuring works by the internationally renowned Colombian sound artist Oswaldo Macià, Toronto inter-disciplinary artist Maria Legault, and emerging Japanese architect/artist Kyohei Sakaguchi.

Hara is the curator of Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. She has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions by Japanese, Canadian, and international artists and has served as project coordinator for several international exhibitions, including the International Triennale of Contemporary Art in Yokohama, 2001/2005, and The Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale, 2003.

Thom Sokoloski envisions the area around Yonge-Dundas Square as a participatory, interactive and inclusive environment - a space where the public can become inspired and engaged in their own individual encounters with art. What were we before? will be a nocturnal urban fantasia through which the moving crowds will ponder their individual pasts and present within the context of Toronto's own history as well as an experiential expression of art on a grand-scale. Sokoloski will be featuring new works by New York's Shaun El C. Leonardo, one of Art Review's "top ten to watch for in 2009," multi-faceted Canadian composer and sound artist Gord Monahan and Austrian light artist Erwin Redl.

Sokoloski is a Toronto-based artist, producer and curator. For 25 years, he directed contemporary opera and theatre. His work has been presented by the Theatre Centre, Holland Festival, Toronto’s WorldStage, Ars Musica Brussels, Strasbourg’s Musica, Musique-en-scène Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Opéra de Lyon, the Canadian Opera Company and Opéra de Montréal. Since 2006, he has focused on large scale public art installations. His project Confinement of the Intellect premiered at the inaugural edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in 2006, continuing on in New York City in 2007 and Ottawa in 2008 as The Encampment. His curatorial experience includes the McLuhan International Festival of the Future (2004), Toronto International Art Fair (Interactive 2005) and Contact (Le Labo, 2007).

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. In 2009, the event will continue to be structured around two separate streams of programming. The first is four City-produced Exhibitions in three zones by five curators featuring a total of 45 projects including 30 commissioned works and 15 additional projects selected through an Open-Call. The second programming element is a series of Independent Projects featuring self-funded new or existing installations by Toronto’s schools, neighbourhoods, community organizations, galleries or individual artists.

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