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Nocturne: Art at Night, Halifax

Nocturne is Halifax’s first annual Nuit Blanche-inspired nighttime arts festival, bringing light and colour to the streets of Halifax, from 6 pm – midnight on on October 18th, 2008.

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Francois Gaudet, pomme de pain. Image: galeriesaule.ca

Designed and initiated by volunteers within the community, Nocturne will be a signature arts event for Halifax that is easily accessible, free of charge and completely unique to the city. Attendees – tourists and residents alike – will have the opportunity to visit a number of the city’s art organizations, including both public and private art galleries, and experience art in many of Halifax’s public spaces.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will present two generations of conceptual art practice with David Askevold’s Learning About Cars and Chocolate, 1972 and Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby’s A Year in the Life of the World, 2004-2008, both projects in the gallery’s Ondaatje Court.

Of the work, Duke and Battersby say: “The work creates a new map of the earth through the arrangement of approximately 200 video landscapes within a domed room. Images from each webcam will be archived for one year, starting in the spring of 2006. The finished work will be a portrait of one year in the life of the world.”


David Askevold, It’s No Use Crying 1972 Video still. Image: canadianart.ca

Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery will present Nuit Blanche, a video dance choreography by local artist Francois Gaudet that is projected into a window.

Ray Cronin, Director, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia notes,”The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is very pleased to be involved in this event that allows collaboration with so many of the great galleries in Halifax. It will be a great night for everyone who participates.”

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Duke and Battersby, a sculptural installation with the pair’s video Rest for the Wicked.
Image: dukeandbattersby.com

Designed and initiated by volunteers within the community, Nocturne is free of charge and completely unique to the city.

For more information go to the event website HERE.

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