Saturday October 05 2013

7:00 pm – 7:00 am the next day

ECO NUIT PARADE will bring cutting-edge bioart practices to the Toronto audiences through an interdisciplinary art/science parade Bioart is a form of contemporary art that uses living biology as its media. The ECO NUIT PARADE will feature bioart projects that consider the local ecology from a variety of art and technology perspectives. Our parade will be a “Night Cavalcade” utilizing illumination – digital media – and phosphorescence – to convert the downtown Toronto ecology into a menagerie of imagined, living, and semi-living organisms. Bystanders will be encouraged to join the parade!

The ECO NUIT PARADE is a co-production between the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre and INCUBATOR Laboratory in the School of Arts and Creative Innovation at the University of Windsor, Canada. Dr. Jennifer Willet, in collaboration with Ana Klasnja, have invited a variety of artists, musicians, and students to produce portable illuminated artworks investigating the complex social, technological, and environmental ecology of contemporary life in Toronto.

Building on the success of last year’s Art and Ecology Parade organized in Windsor, the ECO NUIT PARADE will take to the streets of Toronto. A Tent home base for the parade will reside on the front lawn of Toronto’s CAMH on Queen Street where the public will be able to interact with parade participants, and see the portable exhibits up close. At 9:00 pm, 1:00 am, and 5:00 am members of the public will be asked to join the parade marching a 30 min parade. Musicians and the public will join approx. 30-40 artists and performers. Costumes will glow in the dark! Devices will emit sound and light! Spectators eager to join the parade will be given masks, streamers, noisemakers, and take-home lab experiments.

Co-Curated by Ana Klasnja (OSC) and Dr. Jennifer Willet (UofW)

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Image credit: Jennifer Willet, Eco Nuit Parade, 2013
Sponsors include: INTERMINUS Research Group, University of Windsor, Ontario Science Centre


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