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scotiabank  nuit blanche
Toronto Canada 2007
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Walter Willems

An asphalt road is paved with carpet. Passers-by feel the difference as they move across it: a soft interlude, a hush, a squish.
As in the associative trail blazed in a dream, something that is grey can turn into smoke and it becomes acceptable to move
from pavement to fabric. The carpet is a clone that exists in our minds, in our dreams, and now on our streets.
and post their results directly online. A selection of these posted photographs will be exhibited in Toronto in 2008.

During an all night performance the asphalt road will be slowly unveiled when a roadwork crew will systematically divide
the carpet into small pieces. Each piece will be tailored and labeled on the spot and handed out to the audience,
who in return are invited to become part of the legacy of the project and encouraged to take this souvenir/artifact home.
They can register their numbered edition at www.secretofthesyncope.com and take photos of the carpet in different settings
and post their results directly online. A selection of these posted photographs will be exhibited in Toronto in 2008.

Secret of the Syncope II is one of the commissioned projects of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007, Toronto, Canada.

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Secret of the Syncope II, 2007
Installation / Intervention / Performance

Dimensions: 250 yd x 12 ft. Materials: Indoor/outdoor nylon carpet,
concrete parking curbs, metal, wood, 4 tires + rims, power generator,
2 work lights, 2 office desk lights, 2 tractor chairs, AM/FM radio,
10,000 paper labels, 10,000 plastic tags, 2 tag guns, 2 loop pile cutters,
bell boy uniforms, work gloves, knee pads, orange pylons, red markers,
power strip, extension cord, tool box, reflective tape, yellow road paint, black paint.

[ selected photographs ]  [ video ]

C7 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
1001 Queen Street West

supported by:

sidewalk studios   dutch consulate


Toronto Culture / Soctiabank