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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015 – 401 Richmond Built For Art program


Title: A Living Archive
401 Richmond is a heritage building in downtown Toronto that is rife with history. Over 100 years old, the building contains countless impressions, reflections of those who, over the years, have connected in immeasurable ways with this space. Their legacy is etched in enduring physical and psychological traces.

At the same time, the building is a thriving and exciting contemporary arts and culture hub, where people continue to make, collaborate, experiment and discover. Infinite moments have the potential to become part of a process of collective memory-making. It is a living archive.

This year, in keeping with Che Kothari’s larger curatorial vision of “Memory Lane”, we invite artists to offer demonstrations, create works, or reimagine existing projects in response to the theme of ARCHIVE.

We are calling for interactive, entertaining, and site-specific projects/performances for numerous public spaces at 401 Richmond during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015 (7pm October 3rd – 7am October 4th). We invite you to consider the space and propose a project that is fun, engaging, thought-provoking and appropriate for large crowds moving through a public space.

401 Richmond is offering artists a central, high-traffic venue to share their art with the public. We will work with selected artists to realize their projects in, on, and around the building.

The building will be open from sunset to sunrise, and special consideration will be given to projects that will be accessible all night. However, all project proposals will be considered.

Proposals should include:

  • Description of project/performance
  • visual support material
  • rough installation plan and requirements
  • bio and/or CV
  • Full contact information


To: Cynthia Mykytyshyn, Curator

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Nuit Blanche Independent Projects Curator Che Kothari’s Statement - “Memory Lane”

Memory is the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers our experiences. Our memories shape who we are, the stories we tell and the lens in which we see the world. They are deeply personal, yet can also be experienced and created collectively. They surround us, from radio waves echoing through space to our very DNA.

Celebrating 10 years of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto, Memory Lane will explore the rich and textured terrain of memory, the personal, the shared, the sacred, the nostalgic, the iconic, the haunting, the political. What memories shape us the most? What have we allowed to fade away or be distorted? What do our collective memories reveal about our future? Memory Lane will dissolve the lines between space, place and time, allowing for contemplation and reflection while providing fertile ground for the creation of millions of new memories in the process.

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