Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: Night School
Saturday, September 29, 2007, 6:57pm-Sunrise
Hart House is a one-night “school of the night.” Performance, installations, and instructional tapes explore subtexts of education, including vernacular knowledge and slidings between the disciplines. Guided to the school by Lisa Neighbour’s Fire Alley, visitors will be able to calm anxieties about performance through motivational tapes; learn new moves through Adrian Piper’s funk lessons; and find out how to be intimate in Japan. Instructions on the proper use of kitchen utensils, attempts to teach a plant the alphabet, and other lessons will culminate in a Slow Dance with Teacher night by Darren O’Donnell. The lesson will continue with Will Kwan’s kaleidoscopic journey through Western fantasies, and may end at Dean Baldwin’s MiNiBAR where normal scale has gone awry.
Night School Tutors will be available throughout Hart House to lecture on topics integral to the enhancement and expansion of the educational experience. Subject matter addresses the necessary, but rarely discussed underground, subset of skills and techniques necessary for survival in the early years of institutional life. The Tutors will illuminate such vital topics as Telling Lies Ethically, Experimentation in the Sexual Realm, Creating and Delivering Convincing Excuses, and the rousing Justification for Sleeping In.
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Title and Page Image: Installation view of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007: Night School, 2007.