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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Toronto Canada 2015

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Mary Mattingly, Torus 2015

Exhibition Area C
Waterfront (Parliament Street to Harbourfront Centre)

The Work of Wind

Curator Christine Shaw Curator: Christine Shaw

Curatorial Statement
In The Work of Wind, the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force becomes a diagram of prediction and premonition of the 21st century. Created by the British sea admiral Sir Francis Beaufort in 1807, the scale is a 13-part index capturing wind's potential to compose at sea and decompose on land. Less than one km/h is Beaufort 0, "Calm," with the description, "sea like a mirror; smoke rises vertically." By force 4, "Moderate Breeze," with a velocity of 20-30 km/h the wind creates "small waves; raises dust and loose paper." By force 10, "Storm," the wind moves between 88-102 km/h, and "the tumbling of the sea becomes heavy; trees uprooted, structural damage occurs." The scale was used for the practical navigation of 19th century ocean space. Drawing on the language of the scale — drifting, tumbling, scattering, swaying, impeding, damaging, breaking, uprooting — The Work of Wind unfurls the 13 forces from 0 (Calm) to 12 (Hurricane) along Toronto's shoreline. From works of manifest tangibility and poetic materiality to more activist, conceptual approaches, the combined effects of this zone offers an operatic experience of the elemental forces, compositional forms, and geopolitical processes of our contemporary times.

Curator's Biography
Christine Shaw is Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery and Lecturer at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She collaborates on education and curatorial projects, including the Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry (2005-10) and Letters & Handshakes. She holds an MFA from Western University and a PhD from York University. Recent projects include Paris/Toronto: The Ecology of an Art Scene; Precarious: Carol Condé and Karl Beveridge; and FALSEWORK with Allora & Calzadilla, Adrian Blackwell, Cyprien Gaillard, Mary Mattingly and Laurel Ptak.

Commissioned Projects

Beaufort 0: Cumulus, Tomás Saraceno

Beaufort 1: Dispersal Zone, Tim Knowles

Beaufort 2: The Question of a Hunch, Kika Thorne

Beaufort 3: Glaciology, Anandam Dancetheatre

Beaufort 4: Lava Field No. 2, Robert Wysocki

Beaufort 5: Torus, Mary Mattingly

Beaufort 6: Hit, Christof Migone

Beaufort 7: Destroyer and Preserver; hear, O hear! Jon Sasaki

Beaufort 8: LOVELAND, Charles Stankievech

Beaufort 9: Requiem for Harley Warren ("Screams from Hell"), Marguerite Humeau

Beaufort 10: Frío Estudio del Desastre, Los Carpinteros

Beaufort 11: The Cleaving, Heather and Ivan Morison

Beaufort 12: Black Cloud, Carlos Amorales

Toronto Culture / Scotiabank