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Matt Moore, Lifecycles, 2012. Photography by Brian Bettencourt


Curated by
Shauna McCabe

nuit blanche Curatorial Statement
DRIFT offers encounters with the city that highlight the consistency of urban space as fluid and poetic, a “terrain vague” with room to explore the familiar and fantastic, the informal and uncanny within new urban forms. The artists featured in the exhibition transform architecture and landscape in ways that highlight the expansive entropy of such spaces, and the blend of memory, history and imagination that converges in our everyday experiences. Among glass towers and concrete surfaces, other histories and rhythms emerge in the constellation of installations – glimpses of subterranean depths, illusory forms, natural histories, and ancient memories – revealing the tentative and speculative texture within even the most resilient and tenacious of city surfaces.

Stretching time and space, each work reimagines the bigger project of the city, and the way it shapes social experience. Exploring spectres of the landscape that emerge through the intersection of space and imagination, DRIFT draws attention beyond formal spaces to suggest the consistency of the city as at once real and intangible, planned and poetic, modern and age-old.

Chevrolet Sponsored Project
Fun House, 2012 Thom Sokoloski

Commissioned Projects
Green Invaders Yves Caizergues
Lighthouse Catherine Yass
Dollar General Drive By Tim Davis
Lifecycles Matthew Moore
Beacon, Alison Norlen
SKYLUM Andrew Kearney
High Water Will Gill
Throw-Up Shelley Miller
Liquid Cohesion Michael Alstad
+city Faisal Anwar, Sioban O'Flynn

Open Call Projects
To encourage involvement by a wide range of artists - established and emerging -
each exhibition includes projects selected by the curators through an open call process.

Chase Blaine Campbell , Megan Wilson
Water Will Be Here Eric Corriel
Invisible Streams: As Above, So Below Alfred Engerer
Tower of Progress Laurent Gagnon
Beam of Underground Sun Arezoo Talebzadeh, Kaveh Ashourinia

Independent Projects
The Ghost JungleAdrienne Amato & Rogério Nunes
re-Aman Sandhu
Quay Sera SeraArcadia Collective
Quay Sera SeraArcadia Collective
Urban UndergroundDiaspora Dialogues Charitable Society
Telling StoriesDrake Hotel
FuturespacesDupont Projects
Searchgallerywest/ Marisa Hoicka and Johnny Forever
StripArt,& Guerilla Printing
Wall SprayInman & Oxland
Exquisite MultipleinPrint Collective with Graven Feather Studio & Keeley Haftner
Pixel Paint The NightLisa Anita Wegner
Me Me MeParkdale - Avrïl Jacobson
LEITMOTIF: ApolloniaParkdale Village Business Improvement Area & Stuart Keeler
LEITMOTIF: Border ControlParkdale Village Business Improvement Area & Stuart Keeler
LEITMOTIF: Hands on the VanParkdale Village Business Improvement Area & Stuart Keeler
LEITMOTIF: Hidden FeaturesParkdale Village Business Improvement Area & Stuart Keeler
LEITMOTIF: Joy RideParkdale Village Business Improvement Area & Stuart Keeler
LEITMOTIF: One Hundred Pounds of GlitterParkdale Village B.I.A. & Stuart Keeler
LEITMOTIF: Smeared IIParkdale Village Business Improvement Area & Stuart Keeler
LEITMOTIF: Staccato Box LightningParkdale Village Business Improvement Area & Stuart Keeler
Nocturnal MetamorphosisRiaz Mehmood & Amanda White
The Virtual MetropolisRobert Kananaj Gallery & Hey Apathy! Productions
The Institute of KnotsSwapnaa Tamhane
Ghosts / spectral sound system: ghosts of bay + front / Village 2.1.0The Ghost Collective
Fly By Night: Into the WildThe Gladstone Hotel
Iv(A)NThe Gladstone Hotel - afallenhorse & Calvin Winter
SoundBathThe Gladstone Hotel - Jesse G.L. Stewart
She's Come UndoneThe Knit Cafe
Christian Marclay: The ClockThe Power Plant
Performance Night Interdisciplinary School: Master ClassThe Spoke Club
Cent une tueries de zombiesTIFF
STRANGE LOVE/STRANGE LIVES: Silent Films with Live Piano AccompanimentTIFF
SpinWilfrid Laurier University

Shauna McCabe Biography
Shauna McCabe is a curator, writer, and arts manager. Currently Executive Director of the Textile Museum of Canada, she had held the Canada Research Chair in Critical Theory in the Interpretation of Culture since 2007. She held positions as Director, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and Senior Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery. She has produced over 50 exhibitions of Canadian and international artists, most recently Rural Readymade (2011), Krimiseries (2010), Dig Up My Heart: Artistic Practice in the Field (2010), Formerly Exit Five: Portable Monuments to Recent History (2010).

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