May 15, 2014
by Canadian Architect
The Power Plant, Canada’s leading contemporary art gallery, presents Power Ball: Old/New World. On Thursday, June 5, 2014, more than 1,500 guests will attend the city’s most anticipated annual art party, raising vital funds for its exhibitions and public programs throughout the year. This year’s Power Ball theme “Old/New World” pays tribute to the revolutionary time when digital technology developed from an analogue world, transforming everything from music, art, fashion and food. The event will celebrate the best of the old and new world with outstanding work by local and international artists that will surround partygoers with playful and spectacular environments. For ticket information, please visit: http://bit.ly/1jbUja4.
Setting the standard as the most influential, vibrant and original contemporary art party since its inception in 1999, Power Ball has grown to become the gallery’s largest annual fundraiser, attracting a crowd including artists, fashionistas, celebrities, and financers from creative industries.
“When you attend Power Ball, you join a family of gallery supporters,” says Director of The Power Plant Gaëtane Verna. “Power Ball is the largest annual fundraising event for The Power Plant. It is the engine that supports the exhibitions and public programming the gallery offers all year. I thank all sponsors of this year’s event and our invaluable co-chairs Aris Andrulakis, Laurent Fort, Philippe Meyersohn and Georgia Scherman, who are supported by our hard-working committee. We are truly grateful to everyone, and we look forward to celebrating the power of the arts with you.”
The VIP experience of the party happens exclusively between 7 and 9 PM for all guests with a ticket to the Lounge. This early portion of the evening will feature a private performance by award-winning British artist Naomi Kashiwagi. During the multi-disciplinary performance entitled Gramophinca, guests will be wowed by live gramophone glitching as Kashiwagi plays 78rpm records reappropriated on a wind-up gramophone, demonstrating the potential to transform sounds from one era to another.
The party begins at 9:00pm and continues late into the evening with outstanding artist projects. Rising international star Jon Rafman is an award-winning Montréal artist who will premiere new work at Power Ball that blurs the distinction between virtual and physical realities. Furthermore, the evening will also feature an installation of B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Beamer), a one-night exhibition that hosts a number of artists and their projectors; New York-based artist duo CONFETTISYSTEM who will create a site-specific installation in line with their extraordinary set designs; work by artist Christine Davis, who has exhibited extensively across the globe with work that addresses the contemporary in relation to critical junctures within modernity; and Oli Sorenson, a multi-media and performance artist who promotes the practices of sampling and sharing.
For more information, please visit http://thepowerplant.org/ProgramsEvents/Events/Power-Ball/Power-Ball–Old—New-World.aspx and follow the discussion on Facebook and Twitter at ThePowerPlantTO. Join the conversation using #PowerBallTO.
The festivities take place on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at The Power Plant, located at 231 Queens Quay West at Harbourfront Centre. Lounge happens from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, the VIP experience including participating artists. Tickets for Lounge are $300. The party continues from 9:00pm until late. Tickets are $150 for Power Plant members, and $165 for non-members. Party packages and artist packages are available. Tickets for this event are extremely limited. To purchase, please visit http://bit.ly/1jbUja4.
Co-chairs of the Power Ball are Aris Andrulakis, Laurent Fort, Philippe Meyersohn and Georgia Scherman.
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