2015 Event

The 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will feature more than 70 independent projects by Toronto's arts community and four curated exhibitions produced by the City of Toronto.

Exhibition Projects by the City of Toronto

Under the director of four curators, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015 features more than 45 public art projects by local, national and international artists. See below to view the curatorial vision and select participating artists from the 2015 line-up. Full details will be announced in August 2015.



Curator: Agustin Pérez Rubio
Exhibition: HTUOS/HTRON - The New Coordinates of the Americas

Curatorial statement

The conceptual reference for this exhibition starts with a 1943-drawing by the Uruguayan constructivist painter, professor and writer Joaquin Torres Garcia, one of the great masters of Latin-American Avant-Garde. In his drawing, Inverted America, he inverts the entire pan-American peninsula, removing the existing boundaries and introducing a new value system that subverts the hegemonic geo-political ideology of his time.

For one night, over the 12 hours of Toronto's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, this new geopolitical order will dominate. South will be North and vice-versa.

With geography inverted, time will change in relation to the places, the cities and the countries. Time will run from West to East.

The exhibition's title is a graphic interpretation of Torres-Garcias' map, where the words South and North, one up and the other down, are read backwards, inverted not only in space but also in time. Projects will therefore have varying starting points throughout the event.

Projects by artists from diverse countries in the Americas, from Canada and the USA to Brazil and Argentina, are represented in order to invert and subvert the established spatial and temporal reigning hegemony order.

This exhibition features 12 projects located around the University of Toronto and College Street over to Carlton and Jarvis Streets.

Projects include Alfredo Jaar (Santiago) with Music (Everything I know I learned the day my son was born) and Tania Brugera (Havana) with Tatlin's Whisper.

Black and White Night

Artist: JR
Exhibition: Black and White Night

Curatorial statement

"I want to turn the city inside out for one night with the help and energy of the community, so that Toronto creates a powerful image that will be remembered."

This first-ever artist exhibition is located in and around City Hall and Bay Street.

Projects include Inside Out and the Canadian premiere of JR's new film Les Bosquets.

The Work of Wind

Curator: Christine Shaw
Exhibition: The Work of Wind

Curatorial statement

In The Work of Wind, the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force becomes a diagram of prediction and premonition of the 21st century. Created by the British sea admiral Sir Francis Beaufort in 1807, the scale is a 13-part index capturing wind's potential to compose at sea and decompose on land. Less than one km/h is Beaufort 0, "Calm," with the description, "sea like a mirror; smoke rises vertically." By force 4, "Moderate Breeze," with a velocity of 20-30 km/h the wind creates "small waves; raises dust and loose paper." By force 10, "Storm," the wind moves between 88-102 km/h, and "the tumbling of the sea becomes heavy; trees uprooted, structural damage occurs." The scale was used for the practical navigation of 19th century ocean space. Drawing on the language of the scale – drifting, tumbling, scattering, swaying, impeding, damaging, breaking, uprooting – The Work of Wind unfurls the 13 forces from 0 (Calm) to 12 (Hurricane) along Toronto's shoreline. From works of manifest tangibility and poetic materiality to more activist, conceptual approaches, the combined effects of this exhibition offers an operatic experience of the elemental forces, compositional forms, and geopolitical processes of our contemporary times.

This exhibition features 13 projects unfurling the 13 forces of wind along the Waterfront between York Street and Parliament Street.

Projects include Mary Mattingly (New York) with Torus and Los Carpinteros (Havana and Madrid) with Frio Estudio del Desastre (Frozen Study of Disaster).

10 for 10th

Curator: Che Kothari
Exhibition: 10 for 10th - Memory Lane

Curatorial statement

In celebration of the milestone 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 10 major cultural partners have come together for an exhibition called 10 for 10th - Memory Lane. Both the Independent Projects and this exhibition are curated under the theme of Memory Lane.

Memory Lane explores the rich and textured terrain of memory, the personal, the shared, the sacred, the nostaglic, the iconic and the political. It dissolves the lines between space, place and time, allowing for contemplation and reflection while providing fertile ground for the creation of millions of new memories in the process.

Memory is the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers experiences. Memories shape who we are, the stories we tell and the lens through which we see the world. Memories are deeply personal, yet can also be experienced and created collectively. They surround us, from radio waves echoing through space to our very DNA. What memories shape us the most? What have we allowed for fade away or be distorted? What do our collective memories reveal about our future?

This exhibition features 10 projects spread throughout the city in partnership with 10 cultural organizations.

Projects include artists and partners Faisal Anwar (Oakville) with Up in the Sky High at Artscape Wychwood Barns and Ekow Nimako (Toronto) with Silent Knight at the Gardiner Museum.


Independent Projects produced by Toronto's art community

Toronto artists, cultural and educational institutions, museums, galleries and neighbourhoods participate each year by producing their own one-of-a-kind projects that transform the city. The full list of 2015 Independent Projects will be announced in August 2015.


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. Since 2006, the event has featured more than 1,000 official art installations created by nearly 4,400 artists and has generated more than $227 million in economic impact for Toronto.