Join us for a full night of installation art, performances, music and karaoke!
The Ballroom: 10 for 10th – Memory Lane Curated by Che Kothari
Anciently Heard (Hip Hop As Ancient Thought Transmission), 2015 (Sound Sculptural Installation)
Anciently Heard (Hip Hop As Ancient Thought Transmission) is a spatial-acoustic installation that uses sound as a primary sculptural element. Hip Hop records are played extremely slow on modified turntables. At such playback speeds the music of the records is transformed, abstracted beyond recognition. Each turntable is amplified individually to compose a site-specific sound field.
Recorded history shows human expression (in the form of graffiti) as early as 39,900 years ago. Preceding this, humans used motion and dance, non-verbal utterance and tools to communicate and create. The movement that started in the Bronx in 1973, that has been named Hip Hop, tapped into the same energy that sparked early human creativity. Anciently Heard is an expression of reverence and respect for the lineage that starts with our ancestral artists and continues through the hip hop movement.
The wisdom embedded in these records, the kick and snare relationship, measured melodic repetition and variable verbal interaction, speaks to the fundamentals of human expression.
As Nas said in 1994 (Memory Lane, Illmatic) “I drop the ancient manifested Hiphop, straight off the block.”
Mani Mazinani is an artist whose work spans many media including video, film, photography, installation, painting, printmaking, multiples, sound and music (including composition, free improvisation and hip hop, under the name Scalez). Mazinani thinks about thinking, making works that record thought, transferring concentration. He directs attention to the nature of a particular medium, forging connections to philosophical traditions, in order to provide a platform for an aesthetic understanding and dialogue with the audience.
The 2nd Floor Gallery:
Collaborative Performance Art with Workman Arts and Irene Loughlin (Performance Art)
The Gladstone Hotel will be exhibiting “Being Scene”, a juried exhibition of mixed medium artworks created by members of Workman Arts on the second floor gallery.
“Being Scene” is a crosscultural portrait of the healing power of art in order to build a more respectful and realistic understanding of those recovering from mental illness and addiction.
As a special presentation for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, under the theme of Memory Lane the Gladstone and Workman Arts has partnered with Fado Performance Art Centre and established performance artist Irene Loughlin who will work with Workman Arts artists to create site specific performances. Short film “Happy Days Are Here Again” created by Annette Seip will be installed within the exhibition space. The film depicts artist Barbara Greene Mann animated within her outlandish mixed media works.
In conjunction with Workman Art’s exhibition “Being Scene” at the Gladstone Hotel, with collaborative performances led by Irene Loughlin.
Melody Bar + Cafe:
Live Music and Karaoke in the our Melody Bar makes the perfect pit stop on your art-trek down Queen Street. and/or drinks, eats and laughs in our Cafe. Both equal Nuit Blanche Merriment you don’t want to miss! 😉