The one exhibit that was a must see called "The Red Forest" by Netflix had a lineup was so long - a least an hour or more wait. It was inspired by the upside down world featured in Stranger Things (which I watch) as well as the Blossom Maple Farm in Riverdale (I don't watch this) and an orc tree from the upcoming original film Bright (which I want to watch - think Alien Nation but with fantasy characters like elves & other magical creatures instead of aliens) and other stuff. White hazmat suits were given out to those going through the exhibit. Got to see some peripheral red lighted trees and that was about it. This exhibit was through word of mouth (media reported it too) and not listed on the Nuit Blanch site (I couldn't find it listed). I think they didn't want it to be over crowded but that backfired! Disappointing to say the least. lady__croft did walk thought this the Friday before on her way home from work as they were setting up but didn't realize what it was lol.
Tried to find an exhibit called The Stolen People which sounded interesting but it was in Nathan Phillip Square which was so crowded you coudln't find anything. The exhibits should have been numbered with those numbers being visible above the crowds. Read the short summary of The Stolen People here. I would have loved to see this dystopia society represented in art as it sounded so cool. Disappointing.
At Mackenzie House we were annoyed to find out in order to see the Mackenzie Project exhibit you had to have a smart phone to view it. Not everyone has a 'smart' phone or even a cell phone and nowhere in the exhibit info does it indicate you had to have a cellphone to enjoy the exhibit - see below:
- "As twilight began to fade, Mackenzie lit a lantern beside him and kicked back with one of the day’s papers. He barely had a chance to begin reading the first paragraph when unfathomable sounds from outside began growing in volume. He rushed to the window, just able to grab the sill as a bright flash enveloped him. He opened his eyes to see a very different world out his window from the one he knew. Crowds of people stared up at him from glowing portals on his lawn as he incredulously stared back. William Lyon Mackenzie had been transported three centuries into the future to the year 2167."
The only exhibit we did manage to see was:
Life on Neebahgeezis (indigenous word for the Moon) which featured projected images of natural landscapes and those destroyed by industry and human impact onto 3 wigwams. They also had recordings of outdoor sounds linked to the projections which at times was hard to hear. Got some nice photos of these and the exhibit wasn't crowded at all.
I did get pics of a really interesting almost turn of the century style hot air balloon though...that was cool.
There were more exhibits farther out but I didn't want to bother going only to find out they too were over crowded and disappointing.
As I said, won't be going again I don't think unless there is something really really amazing. I've heard some complaints about Nuit Blanche before but just thought people were not doing their homework on the exhibits.It has so much potential but just not well thought out from what I could see and even the 'volunteers' weren't much help and that was when you could find one!
Grade: C (exhibits looked potentially good but you weren't able to actually see them).