Outsiders2012, Photography by John Richardson
Kim Renders Kingston, Canada
Micky Renders Peterborough, Canad
42 - Toronto Eaton Centre
220 Yonge Street
(in the Urban Eatery)
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
Outsiders2012 highlights the way we treat strangers. With interest? With suspicion? With an open heart?
With contempt? The Outsiders want to be included. How will people at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche respond
to an invitation to participate in a project where openness and hospitality lie at its heart?
Over the course of the night Outsiders will appear around the downtown core. Life-sized, luminous, human-like
forms are visiting Toronto for the first time. They need your help. "If you find me, take me with
you, take a photo, pass me on. Send photos to email@example.com
Throughout the night of Nuit Blanche, Outsiders will be dispatched one at a time from HQ at the Urban
Eatery of the Eaton Centre and placed somewhere downtown. Audiences can follow a live streaming
of uploaded images, and the experiences of the Outsiders will be viewed by the artists as they unfold.
This project can also be followed on Facebook and on Twitter (Outsiders2012). Or you can go to
our website at www.outsiders2012.com.
Outsiders2012 was the brain child of Seeingred, a fluid collective of artists who live and work outside
Toronto in what often feels like a parallel universe. The mandate of Seeingred is to bring art into people‘s
daily lives, moving beyond traditional exhibition sites, into public spaces and onto the streets. What
started as a conversation among a group of artists (which included Ramune Luminaire, Judith Mason and
Annie Renouf), the concept of Outsiders2012 evolved and was finally brought to Nuit Blanche by Kim Renders
and Micky Renders.
Micky Renders is an artist/educator/activist. Thorough her work she examines our place in the world
in its broadest sense. “Although much of an artist’s work is in solitude, I have a great
sense of our universal connectedness.” Most recently her work was the subject of solo exhibitions
at ARTSPACE and the Art Gallery of Peterborough (2011). Finding Joy, a body of 26 paintings, is currently
installed at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Micky often engages a broader community in her
projects. She has curated several shows including Still ReFrame for ReFrame International Film
Festival and Lovers in a Dangerous Time for AIDS2006 International Conference in Toronto. She is a director
and a co-founder of the Spark Photography Festival. In 2011 Micky received the YMCA Peace Medal and a
Civic award for Cultural Betterment. She teaches visual art at Thomas A Stewart S.S. and was nominated
for the Ontario Art Education Association Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award (2012).
Micky takes regular sabbaticals to pursue her own artistic practice. (www.mickyrenders.com)
Kim Renders has been a practicing theatre artist for over 35 years. She has written, performed,
directed, or designed in most major theatres across Canada. She has worked with such distinguished
performance artists as Tanya Mars, Johanna Householder (The Clichettes) and Toronto’s Video Cabaret.
As well, she has created her own performance installations with Nightwood Theatre (of which she is founding
member,) Buddies In Bad Times, and Theatre Kingston. She is currently an Associate Professor
in the Queen’s University Drama Department where she teaches, among other courses, Contemporary
Cultural Performance in Practice in collaboration with instructors from Fine Arts, Music and Film & Media
Studies. Over the years she has spearheaded multiple artist and community collaborations in various urban
and rural locations in Ontario. In 2006 Kim received both the Maggie Bassett Award for sustained and
significant contribution to the development of theatre in Ontario and the Teaching Excellence Award for
the University of Guelph.