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Toronto Canada 2009
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Zone B, Downtown South

Curated by Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher of DisplayCult, the Zone B Exhibition intensifies the links between bodies, sensory perception and shifts in capital.

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Curatorial Statement

NIGHTSENSE features visual and extra-visual artworks within the shadowy world of the financial district after dark. Addressing the spectre of market destablization, the invisible transmission of broadcast signals, as well as hauntings from a locale where early Toronto history has been all but erased, these projects will engage the audience in critical and ludic participation. NIGHTSENSE invites a reconsideration of the sensory economy by intensifying the subtle but powerful links between bodies, aesthetic perception and shifts in capital.
Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher, DisplayCult

Curators' Biographies
Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher form the DisplayCult curatorial collaborative. Their exhibitions have been featured at museums, galleries and artist-run centres in Canada and the U.S., and include MetroSonics (2009), Odor Limits (2008), Listening Awry (2007), Do Me! (2006), Aural Cultures (2005), Linda M. Montano: 14 Years of Living Art (2003), reminiSCENT (2003), Stills: Adad Hannah (2002), Museopathy (2001), Vital Signs (2000), The Servant Problem (1999) and CounterPoses (1998), among others. DisplayCult's projects aim to rethink exhibition prototypes by amplifying sensory aesthetics, interrogating the diverse histories of display, and engaging with the performative aspects of presentation. For further information, visit

Jim Drobnick’s research centres on smell, sound and vision. His books include the anthologies The Smell Culture Reader (2006) and >Aural Cultures (2004). He has published in such journals as Angelaki, High Performance, Parachute, Performance Research and The Senses and Society where he is now reviews editor. He is Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Jennifer Fisher’s research focuses on touch, taste and the sixth sense. She is editor of Technologies of Intuition (2006), and her essays have appeared in such anthologies as The Senses in Performance (2007), as well as Art Journal, Border/Lines, n.paradoxa, Public and Tessera. She is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies at York University, Toronto.

Commissioned Projects
FASTWÜRMS (Toronto, Canada) Skry-Pod
IAIN BAXTER& (Windsor, Canada) Monopoly with Real Money
Heather Nicol (Toronto, Canada) Imminent Departure
Chih-Chien Wang (Montreal, Quebec) 10 Scents
Center for Tactical Magic (California, USA) Witches' Cradles
Rebecca Belmore (Vancouver, Canada) Gone Indian
Dan Mihaltianu  (Berlin, Germany) Vodka Pool
Shawna Dempsey, Lorri Millan (Winnipeg, Canada) Wild Ride
Anna Friz (Toronto, Canada) Respire
Santiago Sierra NO

Open Call Projects
Marcia Huyer (Toronto, Canada) Wasted Breath
Brad Todd (Montreal, Quebec) redTV
Karlen Chang, Dafydd Hughes, David McCallum (Toronto, Canada) Sounding Space
Melissa Brown (Brooklyn, USA) How to Win the Lottery
Ryan Stec (Ottawa, Canada) Bright Lights Big City

Independent Projects
Shoot With This Film Mentorship Project Shoot With This
401 Richmond - Reeta Saeed Gift
401 Richmond - SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) Ghost Stories
Adrian Göllner Safe as Houses
Byron Kent Wong,Micha Dahan and The National Parcs The Uncommon and the Tents
Caitlin Erskine-Smith Tug of Warp
Denise Ing 12 Hours of Power
Distillery District - BeneCorpo TotemicSystems
Distillery District - Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf Rhythms of the Night
Distillery District - Dance Ontario Dances Distilled
Distillery District - Melez: Alize Zorlutuna and Robb Gray Twilight Orchestra
Distillery District - Patrick DeCoste Toronto Harbour 1609
Distillery District - Rob Gee PhotoSecret
Distillery District - Thompson Landry Gallery, 8 seconds: Mori Tower Project
Jefferson Campbell-Cooper Humap, 2009
Museum of Inuit Art and The Waterfront BIA Inuit Film Festival
NFB Mediatheque NFB: 70 Years
Sion Irwin-Childs and Eros, Thanatos & the Avant-Garde The Eros Boulevard Cabaret

The following institutions opened their doors all-night long to enable viewing of ongoing shows and installations.

401 Richmond Plant 90: of Production and Object
401 Richmond - Red Head Gallery Insomnia
401 Richmond -Abilities Arts Festival Body Language
401 Richmond -Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography Flashback
401 Richmond -Open Studio Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at Open Studio
401 Richmond -WARC Gallery Thundering Paw
Distillery District - Dance District Social Dance Studio Dance Into Art
Distillery District - DISH GALLERY+ STUDIO If Walls Could Speak
HEY APATHY! HEY APATHY! "A Dialogue with the City"

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