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Nuit Blanche: Desire Lines

September 19, 7 PM – September 20, 4.30 AM
In- and outside Arts Court, Club SAW

For one night only, SAW Video presents site-specific installations by local media artists in- and outside the Arts Court. Through video, sound art and poetry, visitors will be offered new perspectives on the history of the building, its upcoming transformation and its significance as a cultural hub and (arts) community centre. The program is part of Cultural Engineering, an online publication providing space for critical, artistic dialogue on the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion (OAG) and Arts Court Redevelopment Project as it unfolds from 2015 to 2017. Join the artists and SAW Video staff for the launch of Issue #3, 7-8pm at Club SAW!

This project is taking place in the Downtown Rideau Zone and has been generously supported by the Downtown Rideau BIA and the City of Ottawa.

DESIRE LINES: AN ARTS COURT EXPLORATION

Christopher Payne: Canicular Days
Sound installation, Club SAW

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Canicular Days is a multichannel ambient audio piece consisting of field recordings from public spaces and parks recorded throughout the warmest days of the summer. For Nuit Blanche, the artist will transform Club SAW into an artificial landscape allowing visitors to meditate on inactivity, public space, and humid atmosphere.
Christopher Payne works predominantly with sound, light, and video as experiential media. Payne completed his original artistic training in cinema production at Concordia University in 2007 before obtaining his MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2013. His work and performances have been presented in Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Poland, Belgium, and Mexico. He is represented by PDA Projects Gallery, Ottawa.

Timothy I. Smith
Video projections, SAW Courtyard Portico (on view from Nicholas Street)

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For Nuit Blanche, Timothy I. Smith presents three looped videos that he produced as part of SAW Video’s long-term project Cultural Engineering. Offering bird’s eyes views on the pedestrian flow around the Arts Court and traffic movement around the new excavation site, Smith’s works explore the gradually changing relation of the building to its surrounding environment.
Timothy I. Smith is a photographic artist who is interested in the relationship between photography, video and how they are viewed in a digital form. He has been exhibiting his work since 2006 and has been part of group exhibitions at the Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Derby Museum & Art Gallery and was a UK representative at the Biennial of Young Artists in Skopje, Macedonia, 2009.

Vera Wabegijig: mno-artist-bemaadziwin
Poem and sound recording, Arts Court, Main Floor

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A look into the future of Arts Court – the bi-lingual poem in anishnaabemowin minwaa zhaaganoshmowin / Ojibwa and English celebrates current and new spaces for artists and cultural production. Reflecting her process of building language skills, the artist recorded a reading of the poem which can be accessed online here or by using a QR displayed on site.
As a nishnaabe writer, artist, and language lover, Vera Wabegijig weaves in her culture, language, and sensibilities into all that she creates. She has a collection of poetry, Wild Rice Dreams, published by BookLand Press and another in gestation. Vera lives in Nepean, Ontario.

All photos by Ben Walker.