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Nuit Talks 2016

A unique look behind the scenes of Nuit Blanche Toronto, featuring inspired talks, round-table discussions and presentations by remarkable artists, curators and thinkers from this year's event. All talks are free and open to the public. For the first-time ever, two of the talks will happen on the date of the event. Nuit Talks is proud to partner with Media Architecture Summit (MAS 2016)*, Design Exchange, and the Aga Khan Park and the Ismaili Centre Toronto for this year's talks. .

Reflections on OBLIVION

Artists, Director X (Death of the Sun) and Floria Sigismondi (Pneuma), discuss their past experiences working in the music and film industries and how these experiences influenced their newly commissioned Nuit Blanche 2016 Projects, working on projection of solar images and water screens. This talk is presented in partnership with Media Architecture Summit* organized by Sensorium at York University

Moderator : Theresa Scandiffio, Senior Manager of Adult Learning at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Thursday, September 29 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm | FREE
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3, 350 King Street West

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In Conversation with Angelo Musco and Nicola Verlato

A conversation with Nuit Blanche Toronto artists Angelo Musco (The Body Behind the Body) and Nicola Verlato (The Merging). Based in New York and Los Angeles, these Italians ex-pats discuss artistic practice, their works for Nuit Blanche Toronto and growing up in Italy.

Host: Alessandro Ruggera, Director Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Moderator: Francisco Alvarez, Executive and Artistic Director, Galleries System OCAD University

Thursday, September 29 | 6:30 - 8 pm | FREE
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 496 Huron Street

Doors open at 5 pm. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Roundtable on Media Architecture and Nuit Blanche Toronto

Renowned curator Janine Marchessault leads a round table discussion exploring the relationship between architecture, public space and media with Nuit Blanche Toronto artists David Rokeby (Hand-held), Jean-Pierre Aubé (Electrosmog Toronto) and Nicola Verlato (The Merging). This talk is presented in partnership with Media Architecture Summit* organized by Sensorium at York University.

Friday, September 30 | 5 - 6:30 pm | FREE
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3, 350 King Street West

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In Conversation with John Akomfrah

Nuit Blanche Toronto artist, John Akomfrah (Vertigo Sea), talks about his filmmaking practice and the varied political and social contexts through which it can be understood.

Host: Shauna Levy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Design Exchange

Moderator: Kass Banning, Associate Professor, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Saturday, October 1 | 5:30 - 7 pm | FREE
Design Exchange , The Library, 234 Bay Street

Doors open at 5 pm. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Houses of Wisdom: The Library in the 21st Century – buildings, books and archives in the digital age

As Nuit Blanche Toronto transforms the city for one night into spaces of art, creativity and discovery, Sandra Singh, Chief Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library and Aziza Chaouni, founding principal of Aziza Chaouni Projects and Associate Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design), present a talk exploring libraries and their changing role as a place of creative engagement and the preserve of cultural traditions in the 21st Century. 

Saturday, October 1 | 8 pm | FREE
Ismaili Centre Toronto, Social Hall, 49 Wynford Drive

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A complimentary shuttle bus will leave from the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) at 6 pm to the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.
Shuttle service continues every 2 hours until 12:40 am, with return service provided.


*About Media Architecture Summit (MAS 2016)

Media Architecture Summit (MAS 2016) explores the role of urban screens, interactive media facades and large-scale public projections in architecture, public art, civic engagement and urban renewal. Held for the first time in North America, MAS 2016 features artists and designers, architects, scholars and representatives from the cultural sector and industry presenting a range of projects including context aware illuminated spaces, architectural projection, animated building facades, and interactive installations inviting spontaneous public performances.