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 will be a series of site-specific performances and installations that will evolve 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.
Here’s a handy guide to our programming, which will be happening at the Drake Hotel and Drake One Fifty on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 7PM until sunrise.
D R A K E H O T E L (1150 QUEEN ST. W.)
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 will be creating a time-based, large-scale video projections featuring a series of animated GIFs playing with the monumentality and materiality of the architecture, turning the facade into an otherworldly and psychedelic landscape.
If you stopped by the Drake Lab in August, 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. Expect a DTV Takeover of their analog visuals, a special Sky Yard projection by members Katie Switzer and Paul Moleiro, and Holodeck, an Underground installation that will feature intergrated live feedback visuals and performances from 7PM until 10:45PM.
After the art party wraps, stick around for the dance party with DJ NANA and NFA until 4AM last call.
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 will transform the Drake Cafe’s north patio into an immersive environment where guests can come, sit and relax under a tarp canopy, and watch 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.)
AKIN Collective will be our Drake Lab artists-in-residence from October 1-15, 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.
D R A K E O N E F I F T Y (150 YORK ST.)
For Drake One Fifty’s parkette, Folkerson and Rezaei will present an outdoor projection + limited edition artists’ multiple tracking the rise and fall of two fantasy art-pop stars. Expect video-log style confessionals (“Hiiiiii MTV, it’s mee the visual artist Lisa/meee the artist Mohammad, one half of that world famous art duo you know so well. Let me show you MY world”) and karaoke seances in a navigation of the trials of the art world, recalling a time before the gossip website, viral video or the Facebook feed.
Inside the restaurant, we'll be projecting on the large screen a special analog DTV takeover by Analog Preservation Network.