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2009 flashback #nuitblanche! Waiting for a streetcar to go downtown w/Char: http://j.mp/d4Jl6X late start but I was out 'til after 6am.
7:38 PM Oct 1st via DestroyTwitter
J said: "I want to go to that night market more than anything else!" re: Zone B, #12, Nuit Market (Victoria St. Lane & Dundas St. East)
8:08 PM Oct 1st via DestroyTwitter
feels the pressure! I'm to navigate the night for J&me. Overwhelmed by all we hope to see! (renegade /independent /main exhibits) #snbTO
Saturday, October 02, 2010 4:03:12 PM via txt
missed the Strombo streetcar.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 4:41:11 PM via Twitpic
I look down to write a text - when I look up again, the once near empty streetcar is standing room only. At Queen & Leslie.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 4:53:28 PM via txt
At Kingston Rd & Queen St. East (window seat) http://twitpic.com/2u30k6
Saturday, October 02, 2010 5:02:29 PM via Twitpic
Street closure sign for Queen. http://twitpic.com/2u3d2t
Saturday, October 02, 2010 5:43:18 PM via Twitpic
Police officers outside the Tim Hortons near an all-year round art piece on Queen Street.
waiting for six thirty to meet w/ #snbTO people. http://twitpic.com/2u3vde
Saturday, October 02, 2010 6:44:27 PM via Twitpic
Tallman wearing the VIP pass & we`re outta here! http://twitpic.com/2u3yoi
Saturday, October 02, 2010 6:55:18 PM via Twitpic
We`re heading to Zone A (Lower Bay)! http://twitpic.com/2u3zg4
Saturday, October 02, 2010 6:57:49 PM via Twitpic
candid shot on the subway car.
loved the cartoon advertisement at Bloor Station.
Pick up a booklet & map at an info centre - helps! http://twitpic.com/2u414o
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:03:19 PM via Twitpic
People are eager for Lower Bay to open. http://twitpic.com/2u42w5
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:08:56 PM via Twitpic
wandering through Yorkville. http://twitpic.com/2u43r3
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:11:46 PM via Twitpic
Piece of the Canadian Shield heartbeat (thumping). http://twitpic.com/2u45nm
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:17:38 PM via Twitpic
The weather is fine! Not raining. Not cold yet. Waiting for 'Interactive Landscape Dune' at Lower Bay Station. Zone A, #2, by Daan Roosegaar
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:25:45 PM via txt
Reminder: as long as the night is, it`s not long enough to see everything! Have a plan for your must-sees. If no rush, wander & explore.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:40:13 PM via txt
Recommendation: see other things before heading to Lower Bay. Check it out later in the night after you`ve seen other stuff on your list.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:48:26 PM via txt
The above was my nice way of saying this:
I got us to Bay station at the start of Nuit Blanche and we didn't get to go through until 8pm. That's a lot of time wasted that we could have explored elsewhere. It was frustrating & disappointing. I didn't complain about it on twitter during the night but I was seething at one point that the installation wasn't ready and that what I thought had been a good idea (to get that exhibit out of the way first) turned out to be a major time suckage. It meant I ultimately missed out on other installations that I would have loved to have seen.
First batch going in to check out Lower Bay/ZoneA. http://twitpic.com/2u4iew
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:57:35 PM via Twitpic
My Lower Bay plan didn't work out so well.
I was fully aware that I wouldn't be able to see all of the exhibits or even make it to every area that I wanted to so badly. I felt that most of the stuff I wanted to see were in Zone B & C but Lower Bay (in Zone A) was high on the list so we went there first.
The description of the exhibit this year ('Interactive Landscape Dune') sounded cool. Unfortunately, it didn't translate the same in reality. For me, it was a bit of a disappointment. I think I was expecting more interactivity - more of the exhibit to walk through instead of just a line of glow lights. It made for some pretty pictures but it wasn't all that inspiring. Maybe I shouldn't have let my imagination get so excited with the way it was described in the booklet and should have held off such high expectations?
This is where the VIP pass was handy because we didn't have to wait in line, alas, the volunteers didn't seem to know that if you've got a VIP pass, it's not nice to make me feel like crap for having one or to loudly say that other people have been waiting in line and blahblahblah - I'm working here! Just slide me in discreetly with no fuss. /end gripe
Also, having a skip-the-line pass would have been more useful if the exhibit had been ready to go when Nuit Blanche started but unfortunately there were issues with waiting for subway cars & installing the piece (seriously?) & when we finally got in there, well, it made for some pretty pictures but not much else.
Whatever the exhibit is, I think people just want to get down to the closed off Lower Bay. Any chance to see the abandoned subway platform is something many people take advantage of, as you could tell by the line-ups at Nuit Blanche each time it's hosted an exhibit. (Personally, I loved the 2007 one).
So, seeing as I'm not a paid artist or critic or what-have-you, what else do I have to say about Lower Bay? Well, I'd like to see something else done that better uses the potential of such an awesome space. Either go all out or go even simpler. Heck, park some old subway cars in there, set them up so they look like years ago when they used to run, with people dressed of the time period, various items you would have seen, etc - recreate the experience. Have people walking through the lower bay like it actually is a ghost station. THAT would be cool. & creative. & show some history to the young 'uns. That'd be interesting. Make it scary & recreate that scene in 'The Wiz'. Or let's get all fluffy & turn it into a beautiful underground forest of sorts - with a bit more than motion lights. Spark imagination. It's a great setting. It already has people's interest. We have incredible artists in Toronto that could do something awe-inspiring with that space.
I remember in 2007 laying underneath a fake sky of fairy lights that represented the night time sky full of stars in the corner of a baseball field, on my back with friends & strangers, the simplest of exhibits (an independent or renegade project) and it was more moving than Lower Bay or much of anything I experienced this year.
You are encouraged to make sounds in Lower Bay. As we were leaving, I overheard someone sing 'Twinkle Little Star' - line was moving quick!
Saturday, October 02, 2010 8:26:01 PM via txt
J. is filling up the water bottles at Yonge & Dundas Square. There are water refill stations this year in each Zone.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 8:32:08 PM via txt
Yonge & Dundas right now. http://twitpic.com/2u4uho
Saturday, October 02, 2010 8:33:52 PM via Twitpic
Nuit Market starring the Toronto Weston Flea Market
My partner was looking forward to the Nuit Market because he likes spending money but I was curious about it because I grew up in a rural area where going to a flea market was something we'd look forward to. There was a time period where my Mom used to paint ceramics and have a table set up in a flea market to sell and I remember there was a community among the vendors and the people who regularly attended the market. If I wasn't watching the table, I could wander around and see everything from paintings to folksy crafts, food from people's gardens, cheap gadgets - all sorts of things. I had no intention of going to the market to spend money. I wanted to see how it would be done.
We found it through the back way which meant we had to walk a narrow pathway back up around to where the entrance was - not my first moment of the night where I felt like a dork. When we made it to the beginning it was very crowded. People were pushy and squished in close together. I'd read in some reviews after the event of people saying it wasn't enjoyable at all because of that, and that how could people buy anything when you're being moved through the market like that? But as I said, I wasn't there to buy anything so that didn't affect me.
I loved Nuit Market.
noticed people slowed down, relaxed into the flow. http://twitpic.com/2u52zv
Saturday, October 02, 2010 8:58:18 PM via Twitpic
In between Hakim Optical & Imperial Pub on Dundas. http://twitpic.com/2u50m9
Saturday, October 02, 2010 8:51:36 PM via Twitpic
I approached Nuit Market as an art installation. I was feeling the crowd change. It was as though people surrendered into the experience. No more shoving or pushing. It surprised me how much I enjoyed the simple act of being in close proximity to other people who were moving forward together, experiencing the same thing. The green lights overhead were charming. The vendors were trying their best to get us to notice them (J. bought a coffee & a couple very tasty treats that we had after we left the market). Visually, through the photos I took, you can see the expressions on people's faces: happy. Thumbs up from me.
Food smells awesome here. & so pretty! http://twitpic.com/2u54zq
Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:03:52 PM via Twitpic
Intimate, cozy feeling at Nuit Market. http://twitpic.com/2u57u0
Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:11:42 PM via Twitpic
When leaving Nuit Market, this was lovely to see...
Last year: where I ended my Nuit Blanche evening in the
late morning when the dawn was sending everyone home.
Lots to see in Zone B & C! We`re on Yonge St. http://twitpic.com/2u5dv7
Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:28:32 PM via Twitpic
I love events such as this because you can walk down the middle of usually traffic-busy streets.
Gorgeous! a van lit up, pattern on the buildings. http://twitpic.com/2u5gcw
Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:35:23 PM via Twitpic
Auto Lamp "a lighthouse on land" http://twitpic.com/2u5hn3
Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:39:00 PM via Twitpic
"This isn't art! It's just a van with holes in it, turning in circles!" Change the words and the exhibit and you'll be hearing the same basic conversation I overheard all night. But here's the thing, people were talking about whether or not something was art. Isn't that fantastic? A whole night of people questioning, "Is this art? What makes it art? What makes it not art? What do I think of it?" Good questions!
I think this was one mighty purty thing right at Queen & Yonge. The light through the holes of the van were seen rotating on the buildings - a beautiful visual.
J is happy to see an Amp Energy booth. Free drink. http://twitpic.com/2u5jjy
Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:44:14 PM via Twitpic
At the Amp Energy booth, they told us where a secret project is that isn`t on the map. Right now we`re going to Cloud Gardens.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:49:55 PM via txt
_Scape with Six and Seven at Cloud Gardens
Forget the secret project - I wanted to go to Cloud Gardens! It's a nice park (behind the bay & just off yonge, in between temperance street & richmond) and although it was another projection & sound installation (that so many people felt were over-used at Nuit Blanche), this one was one of the better ones, for sure. It topped my faves list for the night. Plus, I took some groovy photos here. I think it was a good match for the performance and use of such a lovely park in Toronto.
_Scape with Six and Seven: sound & visual, calming http://twitpic.com/2u5naa
Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:54:40 PM via Twitpic
Big O (Magnetic tape, electric fans)
This is as close as I got to it. I'm moved by watching leaves, Toronto papers & Starbucks cups picked up by the wind and tossed about all 'American Beauty' like but I didn't get close this. Maybe it was because I was tired. Maybe I should have walked over there and stared at it awhile, pondering how everything in the universe dances, the beauty of movement, form and so forth. But no. I only took this picture. (You're welcome!)
"The line was art." Haha! (we didn`t have to wait) http://twitpic.com/2u5tww
Saturday, October 02, 2010 10:12:33 PM via Twitpic
In all honesty, I was annoyed by this. There was a girl at the front of the line who snarled when I showed the VIP badge (why did I even have one if I was just going to get hassled for it?) The whole idea of me having one was because I was to experience as much of the event as I could to share my night on behalf of the sponsor and earn my swag. Moments where I either had to deal with volunteers who didn't know what to do with with me or when I had someone glare at me for jumping line ("I'M WORKING HERE!" I wanted to say) made it uncomfortable for me at times. I could have used a lesson on 'working it' I suppose. Anyway, so this girl rolls her eyes dramatically like she's a teenager who's been told to clean her room, and I fumbled about nicely trying to explain that I'm just doing a job, a gig here, and then the joke is on both of us because it was the line that went nowhere. I get back behind that curtain and it's a few art students or something standing there together saying the line was art, hardy har, and that was it. I get it you want to make a statement about the long lines for Nuit Blanche. Sure, okay. But man, hasn't that already been done? At least I used a pass and didn't wait in line for it. I imagine those who waited, if they weren't full of good cheer, would have been about as happy about it as those who had to wait in line for Lower Bay.
Keep going? Nuit Blanche 2010: part two