Scotiabank Nuit Blanche events at the Ontario College of Art & Design

Toronto’s third annual Nuit Blanche takes place on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 6:52 pm until 7:00am the next morning. The Ontario College of Art and Design forms a vital part of the event, with a variety of events and activities on offer.

Design for the Other 90%
OCAD Professional Gallery (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street)
Interactive treadle pump display (Butterfield Park)
Reception: October 4, 2008, 6:52 pm
Organized by the New York-based Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and curated by Cynthia E. Smith, Design for the Other 90% explores a growing movement among designers to design low-cost solutions for the “other 90%” that is, the 5.8 billion people (out of the world’s total population of 6.5 billion people) who have little or no access to most of the products and services many of us take for granted. I>Design for the Other 90% looks at how individuals and organizations are finding unique ways to address the basic challenges of survival and progress for example, nearly half of the other 90% do not have regular access to food, clean water, or shelter.

Useless Beauty: Notions of Beauty and Utility
Saturday, October 4, 6:52 pm until 7:00 am on Sunday, October 5
Ontario College of Art & Design
Lobby, Auditorium and Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street
Useless Beauty, curated by OCAD Professor Johanna Householder and Jennifer Rudder, features work by artists KC Adams, Lois Andison and David Krippendorff that addresses notions of hybridity, gender, race, beauty, utility and fashion. The exhibition is presented in part as a response to controversial artist’s ORLAN’S week-long residency at OCAD (part of the OCAD Professional Gallery’s Nomadic Residents program), and her video reading, presented at approximately 9:00 pm.

Nomadic Resident: ORLAN
Video Reading, 9:00 pm
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street
From plastic surgery interventions and performances to photography and digital works, ORLAN has been a formidable presence in contemporary art for over four decades. Since the 1960s, her work has transcended the numerous “posts” and “isms” of the art world’s different movements, all the while interrogating our bodies and identities, questioning art’s relation to life, and testing the lines between the real and the virtual. ORLAN joins OCAD as its third artist-in-residence in its Nomadic Residents program from September 29 to October 3, 2008, presenting a free public lecture on Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30 pm. For details and additional information about ORLAN, please visit

Do Not Play On Or Around
Transit Space (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street)
Reception: October 4, 8:00 to 10:00 pm; on exhibition until October 10
Printmaking student James Gauvreau presents a mixed-media exhibit examining urban street art as a practice that has emerged out of graffiti and vandalism to evolve into a legitimate form of cultural expression.

Before I Forget
OCAD Student Gallery (285 Dundas Street West)
On exhibition until October 5
The OCAD Student Gallery presents work by Integrated Media students Jo Alcampo, Liam Crockard, Dylin North and Steve Shaddick, curated by Matthew Williamson, which surveys the vagaries of memory via digital technology through web-based archiving, live video environments, interactive sound sculpture and video installation.

Sketching Beauty
Butterfield Park at OCAD
OCAD’s Alumni Association invites Nuit Blanche revellers to participate in Sketching Beauty, an all-night sketch crawl. Participants can gather sketching materials in Butterfield Park, and return their drawings to OCAD later in the evening for display during the event.