So the critics are having a hay-day as usual with this past weekend’s Nuit Blanche offerings, and I have to admit, I found it a little lacklustre, myself, with a few exceptions. First of all, there’s something magical about everyone being out exploring the city. There were people in every nook and cranny, every alleyway, practically every building.
But this is also the event’s downfall. Wall-to-wall people. I didn’t get into some great stuff because a.) I was technically on the clock, but mainly b.) because the lines were just too long. All this being said, I was absolutely floored by Stereoscope by Project Blinkenlights out of Berlin.
They turned City Hall’s two towers into an incredible light show. Besides the awe of the installation itself, I think what made it such a great experience was that you didn’t have to fight any crowds to see it. You could experience it from any angle, from the street, from the upper ramp that surrounds Nathan Philips Square, from the Square itself or just anywhere nearby.
That’s what I think Nuit Blanche should be… contemporary art experiences within the city that can be both intimate and accessible, and by accessible I mean you shouldn’t have to cram yourself into a tiny room like a can of sardines to experience it.