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Nuit Blanche 2011 - Fiery Heart Machine | by tamjty
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Nuit Blanche 2011 - Fiery Heart Machine

Nuit Blanche (All-Nighter, literally White Night, in French) is an annual all-night or night-time arts festival. A Nuit Blanche will typically have museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions open and free of charge, with the centre of the city itself being turned into a de facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances (music, film, dance, performance art), themed social gatherings, and other activities.


Canadian artist Christine Irving began combining technology with jets of fire with her independent entry in last year’s Nuit Blanche, Flux & Fire, which won the 2010 People’s Choice Award. This year, she’s back with a new project, The Heart Machine. And once again, it shoots fire, this time into the air over a parking lot at 640 Bay St. To make it work, Nuit Blanche participants have to touch the machinery in just the right way at one of 20 glowing hand stations around the machine.


“You know you’re doing it right because it will turn red, to symbolize blood pushing through the arteries,” Irving told CBC News.


-Taken just as the flames caught on and this sweet father and child were staring into them, almost dazed away into their own little world not even noticing me. View On Black


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Taken on October 2, 2011