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Toronto Canada 2012
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Simon Denny, Yngve Holen, Body Xerox, 2012. Photography by Gabor Podor


Curated by
Helena Reckitt

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Curatorial Statement
Once More With Feeling explores the desire to repeat and remake. Playing between past and present, it evokes circuits of renewal as well as movements of revolt. Many works in this exhibition literally revolve, enacting loops of repetition and feedback, haunting and hallucination.

Many of these works are based in music and sound. With its power to unleash the energies of the crowd, the voice is a threshold between the social and the individual. Listening to a song, we find it hard not to sing along, drawing the tune into our bodies and making it our own.

Some artworks play on the durational aspect of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, citing its 12 hour structure and pointing to the struggle against time that it stages. Other works create a sense of time 'outside' time, of communal experience and sensory exhilaration.

Finding poetry in the everyday, artists transform an office façade into a stage for vertiginous dance, and photocopiers into disco lights. They also embrace the potential of mistakes to rupture familiar formats and to create new forms. As we approach the Mayan prophesied 'end of days' on December 21, 2012, the exhibition contrasts scenes of doomsday panic and destruction with cycles of regeneration.

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Commissioned Projects
Planes Trisha Brown Dance Company
Earth Moon Earth - Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon Katie Paterson
Smells Like Spirit Hadley+Maxwell
Thought Balloon Brian Cauley
Moth Maze Oliver Husain
The Structures Of Everyday Life: Full Circle Susan Stenger
The Day AfterTomorrow Dave Dyment
Tremolo Maeve Brennan, Ruth Ewan
Ensemble for Mixed Use JD Walsh
Body Xerox Simon Denny, Yngve Holen

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.

Young Prayer William Robinson
Eva Kevalam Shifting Time and Space Kirtan Collective
Nuit Blanche Survey and Critical Race Julian Higuerey Núñez, Henry Adam Svec
The Evening News (small craft warnings) Emergency Exit
Tethered Motion Varun Vachhar

Independent Projects
Top Down BRDGLab
Transhumance on The Esplanade CORPUS - Jamii
Life Lessons FUNDING matters GALLERY
The QR Poetry Project Michael Jursic and the Equinox Arts Collective
Greenwood Village Mural Street Art Happening Mural Routes
Our Lights Are On!,nbsp; Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre
Corridor Semaphore Group
Button Happy Switchyard Studio
Creature World! The Distillery District - DEAF CULTURE CENTRE
DoubleThe Distillery District - Le Labo, francophone media arts centre
Dada Reboot! The Distillery Historic District
Wounded Icons Todmorden Mills Heritage Site

Helena Reckitt Biography
Helena Reckitt is an independent curator and critic based in London, UK. Formerly Senior Curator of Programs at the Power Plant Toronto, she has held curatorial and programming positions at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and was an associate editor at Routledge publishers. Reckitt has curated and co-curated exhibitions with artists including Yael Bartana, Keren Cytter, Harrell Fletcher, Joachim Koester, Ryan Trecartin, Paul Shambroom, and Carey Young. Her group exhibitions have explored inter-species relations (‘Adaptation’, 2010), memory and re-enactment (‘Not Quite How I Remember It’, 2008), and corporate and academic behaviour (‘What Business Are You In?’, 2005). She is currently Senior Lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths College, London.

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