Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Before Day Break curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora

Between Doors 2014, 2014

Suitable for all ages

Between Doors, 2014

Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes) - Toronto , Canada

Interactive Installation

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. – William Blake

Part installation, part sociological survey, Between Doors invites audiences into an evolving narrative on the nature of choice. What is choice? Are we the sum of our choices? Are we in control of the choices we make, or is choice merely an illusion?

Confronted by a series of free-standing doorways, participants are asked to make a choice; for every decision there lies a doorway; through that doorway, another set of doorways; and through that doorway, another set of choices. Overhead, a large screen tracks and visualizes the data from the selections made throughout the night, revealing intricate parallels and unforeseen insights between choices and choice-makers.

John Loerchner and Laura Mendes have been collaborating for nearly eight years under the Labspace Studio banner. Their projects are often site-specific and participatory, blurring the lines between art and life, incorporating elements of performance, multimedia and installation.

2014 projects include commissions for The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, Art of the Danforth, Art in Transit, Harbourfront Centre, No.9 Contemporary, Art Souterrain & Nuit Blanche (MTL). Their work has received international media attention.


Fort York National Historic Site

100 Garrison Road

This project is outdoors.