Saskatoon will host its fourth annual Nuit Blanche Festival on September 30th, 2017. Curated by Michael Peterson, this year's festival will focus on spectacle and light, encouraging us to see our city differently and to explore areas we may not have entered before. For the first time, this event will be staged throughout Riversdale, Downtown and Broadway!
Sean Arden and Erin Siddall are Vancouver-based artists and filmmakers. Missaskwatoomina View is a camera obscura (a method of projecting an image without digital or electronic technology) constructed inside a shipping container. Using two periscopes built out the top of the container, it will allow viewers to see overlapping images of the surrounding landscape while standing inside. Funding provided through the City of Saskatoon’s Placemaker Program.
Amalie Atkins is a Saskatoon-based filmmaker whose work is exhibited internationally. She is showing one of her newest films, Aprons, a quiet kitchen opera, inside 9 Mile Legacy. The approximately 5 minute film will screen twice back to back every half hour starting at 7:00 pm, with the score performed live by Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra members. Funding provided by 9 Mile Legacy.
Meating the Challenge is the latest collaborative work between Saskatoon-based artist Monique Blom and multi-disciplinary artist and neuroscientist Arantxa Araujo who is based in New York City. A performance in response to recent provincial budget cuts, it will educate and teach the public how to make better cuts on behalf of our provincial leaders.
Andreas Buchwaldt is a Danish-born, Saskatoon-based artist whose work incorporates kinetic sculpture, sound, video and dance. (de)compressions is a robotic sculpture that will change shape over the course of the night. It will be constructed from a network of aluminum struts animated by electric motors - a structure in transit. Funding provided by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the University of Saskatchewan’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Community.
Frenge is a video projection, created by Montréal-based artist and composer Manuel Chantre, that is showing as part of Axenet’i Tth’al, an immersive, culturally-engaging exhibition by Saskatoon-based artist Michèle Mackasey. The projection and this project more generally are the product of a long-term residency with the Denesuline community of Patuanak, SK, and artists Manuel Chantre and Michèle Mackasey. Axenet’i Tth’al is currently showing at Wanuskewin Galleries and is coordinated through Common Weal with funding provided by a Canada Council New Chapters grant.
Dani Dale is a Saskatoon-based artist currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan. Landmarks Lost explores Saskatoon through landmarks that no longer exist. Historical images of these landmarks will be projected onto phosphorescent plates with the projection cutting out every 15 seconds, leaving only a ghostly glow of what was once standing, not unlike our memories of these landmarks.
Lodestar is an immersive audio visual experience created by visual artist Kenton Doupe, electronic music artist Factor Eight, and woodworker/designer Anthony Bischoff. Through the use of a smoke machine, bright lights, and ethereal music, the artists will create a performance space where those who enter will appear to glow.
Saskatoon-based printmaker Cate Francis will lead Nuit Blanche attendees in the creation of a collaborative mural, composed of hundreds of brightly coloured and glow-in-the-dark screenprints that visitors will be invited to collage onto the side of a building using a nontoxic adhesive. Cate will demonstrate the proper way to adhere the prints and provide guidance on how to arrange them to create an aesthetically-pleasing mural. A screen printing station will also be set up at the site, allowing visitors to print their own glow in the dark image to take home.
Saskatoon-based new media artist and sculptor Jean-Sébastien Gauthier is presenting Dans la Mesure / Within Measure, an immersive video installation created in collaboration with Evolutionary and Developmental Biologist Dr. Brian Eames (College of Medicine, U of S). This project is the first instance in Canada of an artist being granted synchrotron beam time at the Canadian Light Source. Dans la Mesure/Within Measure was made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The presentation for Nuit Blanche Saskatoon is sponsored by the Canadian Light Source.
Laura Hale is a Saskatoon-based visual artist who creates interactive experiences in public spaces. Underpass is a temporary, nighttime, garden tunnel made using brightly-coloured flagging tape. Visitors are invited to enter the space, passing through and under the brilliant canopy of colour.
newo involves the four poets taking turns on a mobile “podium” that they are creating based on the land. They will engage in small sets of one poem each throughout the evening, moving throughout the Riversdale, Downtown, and Broadway neighbourhoods.
7:00 Underneath the Sid Buckwold Bridge
7:45 Music Stage outside Drift Cafe
8:30 In front of The Two Twenty
9:15 2nd Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets
10:00 Friendship Park
10:45 Stage outside École Victoria School
11:30 Patio outside Venn Coffee
Stephanie Kuse is a Saskatoon-based multimedia artist and freelance graphic designer whose work centers on her interest in observing, absorbing and reinterpreting the many textures and shapes that exist in nature on both micro and macro scales. SYZYGY will focus on natural textures and patterns collected from around Saskatchewan that have been digitally manipulated to produce an entrancing psychedelic interpretation of the surrounding landscape.
Marie Lannoo is a Saskatoon-based artist whose work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Beyond Blue, is inspired by Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa located in a lava field outside Reykjavik, Iceland, that emanates an otherworldly blue. Her sculptures are created out of a phosphorescent poser that emits a blue glow, slowly fading over the course of the evening the way sunlight fades over the course of a day.
Saskatoon-based artist Monique Martin and France-based artist Margaret Michel are presenting Eclat, a kinetic art installation that will play with the use of light. Incorporating refraction and the overlapping of shadows, the installation will create patterns of light that will interact with the surrounding darkness and change throughout the night.
Saskatoon-based artist Dee Lowe project Child’s Play/It’s a Wrap consists of sewn paper and fabric dress forms that will hang from clotheslines behind the Saskatchewan Craft Council. The sway of the paper and cloth in the breeze are intended to give viewers the feeling they are standing in the backyard of a doll’s house. Viewers are also encouraged to cut and reform materials to make their own clothes patterns and add them to the clotheslines, becoming part of the installation. Funding for this project is provided by the Saskatchewan Craft Council.
Saskatoon-based book artist Susan Mills has been binding books and teaching bookbinding for a quarter century. She will be leading visitors in creating their own blank-paper notebooks using hand-made paper crafted from common weeds in Saskatoon. As a come-and-go activity, Susan will show participants of all ages how to sew and hand-bind their own notebook using glow-in-the-dark thread and covers printed using glow-in-the-dark inks. Funding for this project is provided through SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries.
A scene from Southern Dandy 75, a locally written and acted play, will be performed throughout the night. The performance's light-based set was built by audience members of the play's run at Live Five Theatre, under the direction of Jordan Schwab. Southern Dandy 75 is an old timey comedy of a fanciful nature, fueled with adventure, poetry, and booze. Performance times: 7:30, 8:15, 9:00, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15, 12:00.
Curtis Peeteetuce is an actor and playwright from the Beardy's & Okemasis Cree Nation who has worked with theatre companies including Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Persephone Theatre, and GTNT. Immemorial is a storytelling piece that takes viewers from the beginning of time to the present-day, told through one lens of a Cree man. Performance times: 7:30, 8:15, 9:00, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15.
Lindsey Rewuski is a graphic designer and multi-media artist who produces work under the name Ghost House. Inspired by early light art, psychedelic light shows, sensory environments, and experimental film, her projection work explores the physical process of creating analogue visuals in real-time. Visuals will be projected throughout the night, while Lindsey will present roughly hour-long live performances starting at 7:15, 9:15, and 11:15.
Outdoor screenings hosted by PAVED Arts and the City of Saskatoon.
Ania Slusarczyk “Nawigator” – 03′ 01”
Susan Shantz “Becoming Water” – 14′ 52”
Chaes Wesolowski & Jessica Brady “CJ” – 02′ 39
Gavin Baird “The Noise” – 02′ 53”
Jane and Eva McWhirter “Salomé” – 03′ 31”
Kyla George “The Saskatoon Mother’s Centre” – 18′ 41″
Lenore Maier “Kinsmen Creeps” – 02′ 43”
Mateusz Lewczuk “Untitled” – 07′ 33”
Travis Cole & Brianna Whitmore “No Postcards” – 03′ 32″
Following this screening Colby Richardson’s (Winnipeg, MB) interactive video installation will draw on connections between ancient megalithic architecture, and modern infrastructure, transforming the underside of the Idylwyld bridge into an enigmatic gateway in which the viewer becomes the bridge itself.
Lyla Rye is a Toronto-based installation artist who has exhibited across Canada and internationally. Overshadow 2 is inspired by the space-age design and utopian aspirations of the 1970's. It reimagines an iconic geodesic dome as a planet in a strange eclipse, simultaneously generating and exposing how the eclipse illusion is created.
SaskAcro instructs, performs, and embraces the practice of acroyoga. Finding the Light combines spoken word, original music by Saskatoon-based artist Sleepwreck and the dynamic acroyoga of SaskAcro, exploring the grey area of narratives and emotions that are all too often cast as black and white. Presented in partnership with Waste Not YXE, Alchemy, and Green Tree Beauty. Performance times: 7:30, 8:15, 9:00, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15.
Scummy Magic, a Saskatoon-based sticker project, will be setting up their mobile sticker machine, dispensing hand-printed, glow-in-the-dark stickers and zines specially made for the festival.
Since January, artists Monique Martin and Margaret Michel have been working with students at École Victoria School, Georges Vanier School, St. Maria Goretti Community School and St. Philip School, leading the students in creating sculptural and interactive artworks that use light as the focus. The students’ artworks are being displayed throughout Broadway, creating a deeper sense of connection between the students and their school community. Funding is provided by the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries, and the Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Education.
Negar Tajgardan is a visual artist, currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan, whose works are based on displacement related to her memories of coming from Iran. As we Remember! combines paper-based sculptures and wearable backpacks, both of which will be internally lit to glow during the night.
Edmonton-based artist Dylan Toymaker’s Festival Street Lanterns have served as a gateway, path marker, and feature at dozens of festivals across Alberta. Consisting of wood and metal lanterns hanging from trees throughout Friendship Park, they will cast saturated beams of colour in kaleidoscope-like patterns that will transform the park floor.