TORONTO, ON—Along with our Programming Partner, The Daniels Corporation, Artscape is pleased to announce Artscape Daniels Launchpad as an official venue for Nuit Blanche 2019, happening October 5 from 7 pm to 7 am.
During the event, Independent Projects from Mønochef, Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea, and boundary conditions / performance assembly will take over Artscape Daniels Launchpad for this all-night affair. An immersive VR experience by Regent Park youth and art installations by Artscape community members, Karn Goode, Samantha-Jane Ince, Blāque Book and Aquarius Mood, Mau Schoettle, AY Lawson and Jazmine Yerbury, will also be there for Torontonians to discover.
“As a creative entrepreneurship hub, Artscape Daniels Launchpad is already a contemporary art destination for hundreds of Toronto’s talented emerging and established multidisciplinary creatives to collaborate and produce creative work,” said Artscape Daniels Launchpad Managing Director, Chalo Hancock. “Nuit Blanche offers an amazing opportunity for the public to see our beautifully designed facility animated by the thriving creative community we serve here.”
Having just opened in November 2018, Artscape Daniels Launchpad is participating in Nuit Blanche for the first time, introducing Toronto’s waterfront as a must-visit destination. Mønochef will be presenting Sounds of Toronto, an immersive 360-degree surround interactive art performance in which audiences engage with the sounds of the city.
Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea will be presenting Borrachero. Set in contemporary Colombia, Borrachera is a non-linear multi-channel video installation that uses experimental animation to explore the relation between psychotropic plants, crime, and Colombian society.
Boundary conditions / performance assembly, a collective for artists who are investigating the possibilities that exist between performers and audience, will also be performing on site. Members, Michael Reinhart, Zev Mair, Magda Vasko, Ian Ball and other collaborators will be performing ART STAR, an interactive performance interrogation of art, longevity, disappearance, where participants create new works of art that compete for prestige and gallery space, or are cast into the scrapheap of history.
With partner Centennial College, four emerging artists from Artscape’s Ada Slaight Youth Mentorship Program will host a participatory virtual reality experience for Nuit Blanche visitors, revealing new stories that celebrate the strength and creativity of inner-city communities like Regent Park.
Luxury fashion designer, Karn Goode, will showcase her large-scale fashion illustrations in the Hallway Gallery. After many years in the fashion industry, designer, Karn Goode, has kept her illustrations between family and friends. Thousands of drawings later, she has decided to exhibit them for the first time.
The public can discover other interactive art installations throughout Launchpad, including Weaknesses, a visual typographic projection project by AY Lawson; Compression, a performative piece by Mau Schoettle; Time’s Progress, a mixed media tapestry by Samantha-Jane Ince; Adaptable Atmosphere, an installation of translucent walls of coloured light by Jazmine Yerbury; and a live mannequin showcase featuring Zoba Martin, Narces and Mer Des Dieux designs will also be presented by Blāque Book and Aquarius Mood.
Artscape has a long history with Nuit Blanche, with many of its community cultural hubs participating in past years, including Artscape Youngplace, Artscape Distillery Studios and Daniels Spectrum. As a first-time participating venue, Artscape Daniels Launchpad joins other art venues along Toronto’s waterfront, including The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre and the Sur Gallery, making it a must-visit destination.
Artscape Communications Manager
Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization based in Toronto that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Since its beginning in 1986, Artscape has become recognized as an international leader in creative placemaking, a practice that leverages the power of art, culture and creativity to catalyze change, growth and transformation of place.
About Ada Slaight Youth Mentorship Program
The Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program, funded by the Toronto Artscape Foundation, offers aspiring youth artists from the Regent Park community an opportunity to tap into their creativity and learn about a career in the arts at Daniel Spectrum.
About The Daniels Corporation
The Daniels Corporation (www.danielshomes.ca) is one of Canada’s pre-eminent builders/developers, building more than 30,000 new homes across the Greater Toronto Area for over 35 years. Daniels has been named the 2019 recipient of Tarion Warranty Corporation’s Ernest Assaly Award and has been recognized as the ‘Ontario High Rise Builder of the Year’ numerous times. Among its many initiatives, Daniels was chosen to partner with Toronto Community Housing to revitalize 53 of the 69 acres in Toronto’s Regent Park. Understanding that quality of life is created by much more than physical buildings, Daniels goes above and beyond to integrate building excellence with opportunities for social, cultural and economic well-being. Committed to community, Daniels offers innovative programs that help people achieve homeownership, and supports numerous charities and non-profit organizations.
About the Artists
Aquarius Mood is a unique creative community where artists, mystics and taste-makers join together to share, learn and grow. It is home to a collective of multidisciplinary curators with a passion for supporting local artists and hosting fashion shows, pop-up shops/events, creating playlists, and writing articles about fashion and astrology.
AY Lawson (Artscape Daniels Launchpad member) is a Design Graduate from OCAD University who strives to extend design throughout all platforms and disciplines. Ay uses their practice to spread awareness on many issues as well as emphasize and embrace culture from the city. Their focus is on how to use design to put Toronto on the map.
EMPOWERING. EMBRACING. ELEVATING. Blāque Book is a one-of-a-kind casting + development agency dedicated to creating a safe-space for POC talent within the North American Beauty & Fashion industry. We do not serve solely as an agency, but rather a community where creatives/taste-makers come together to network, build and express themselves through fashion and performance art.
boundary conditions / performance assembly is an assembly space for artists who are investigating the possibilities that exist between performers and audience. Their first piece was Operations (1945-2006): Movements, which was featured as part of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2018. BC/PA also includes the work of Toronto experimental theatre artists [elephants] collective, who have been actively creating since 2014. Their work has been showcased in a range of venues, including SummerWorks, Toronto Fringe, Katzman Contemporary, DaPoPo Live-In (Halifax), among others. BC/PA is currently developing 3 new pieces: ART STAR, Inflation!!!, and there/GONE (in association with [elephants]).
Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea is a Colombian Canadian Toronto-based digital media artist, animator, and teacher. His work explores psychedelia, plant biology, and Latin American histories. His work has exhibited across Canada including at: the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Art Spin Toronto, the Living City Art Show, the Toronto Animated Image Society, the Niagara Artist Centre, SummerWorks Festival, Buddies in Badtimes Theater, Pleasure Dome, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and Eastern Edge Gallery in St. Johnʼs Newfoundland, among others.
Jazmine Yerbury (Artscape Daniels Launchpad member) is a cultural worker and an artist. She creates with the intention of improving the status quo of what it means to make art. She was originally trained as a painter, and learned patience and the finesse of detail work. Later, she studied electronics and shifted her focus to digital media in an effort to embrace our shifting cultural diversity and technological growth. Much of her artwork questions the use of technology in our daily lives and her role as an artist to shed light on the pitfalls or advantages of the shifting technological landscape, as she sees it.
Karn Goode (Artscape Daniels Launchpad member) is a fashion innovator that concentrates on a 5F standard of design: fit, feel, function, fiber, and focus. The designer draws each collection in starter sketches and technical drawings, as well as the playful drawings that allow her to experiment with ideas and new concepts. Using conte crayon, graphite and sometimes the fabric itself, these drawings are integral to her creative process as a luxury designer and are exhibited for the first time at the Artscape Daniels Launchpad Hallway Gallery.
Mau Schoettle (Artscape Gibraltar Point artist-in-residence) is a transdisciplinary project artist who explores and disrupts material culture through clothing design and application, interpersonal gift giving, absurdist and earnest public occupations and installations. Learn more: marianschoettle.org
Mønochef is a Sound Designer, DJ and Music Producer born in Kunming, China and based in Toronto. He earned his BFA at Communication University of China in Beijing in 2007. Life in different cities directly informs his works and the concepts. For the past decade, he has recorded everyday sounds from around him, both in his hometown and during times of travel. Previous projects include Whispery Savoury University of the Arts London, 2015 (Sound Designer) EP: Chi Chu (2017) EP: Sound of Toronto (2018). Venue Requirements / Preferences: Large indoor space (ideally 800+ Sq. ft.) with a quasi-square conformation and a white wall for projections; access to power.
Samantha-Jane Ince (Artscape Daniels Launchpad member) is an emerging mixed media & textile artist based in Toronto, originally from the UK. Working in the mediums of wool, paper and acrylics, creating modern tapestries, illustrations and abstract works that reflect contemporary issues and the world around her, drawing on her own personal experiences and observations. Her work also focuses on the simple, beautiful, strange and mundane everyday things we do and love. Samantha is currently working on new artwork that interweaves electroluminescent light into her textile artwork and recently exhibited some of her ‘illustrations in wool’ at Xpace Cultural Centre in Toronto.