All Together Now: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Exhibition
October 4, 2014, 6:53pm – Sunrise
Curated by Barbara Fischer
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Singing together carries a promise of community: different individuals and multiple voices coming together and sharing one harmonious goal. Yet, pitching ones’ voice, in unison with others, can also disrupt communal ideals. Often, the voices of many are guided by the direction of one (a conductor), and singing together – like any other shared creative activity – can be threatened by the “unproductive” forces of disunity, disagreement, and discord.
Following on the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery’s 2012 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Independent Project The Piano, this year the great halls of Hart House will once again resonate with music from sundown to sunrise. All Together Now will consider the renewed interest in the choir format and its capacities for inspiring feelings of togetherness, communicating shared memory and history, and – occasionally – provoking less than harmonious results. Nine video installations and sound works by Canadian and international artists will resonate throughout Hart House, accompanied by on-the-hour performances by ten choirs from the Toronto community.
Alongside these sound and video installations, which will be on display from sundown to sunrise, ten Toronto-based choirs will perform hourly in Hart House’s East Common Room, showcasing the diverse talent and perspectives available within the Toronto choral community.
We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Title Image: Mikhail Karikis and Uriel Orlow, Sounds from Beneath, 2010-2011. Courtesy of the artists.