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Clockwise from top-left: “SAVAGE GROWTH” by Kyubbi Culture, "City Pulse" by Qihang Liang, "Fugitive Junctures" by Breanne Bandur, "The Motivator" by Jesse Fulcher Gagnon and Connor Brousseau. (Photos: courtesy Nuit Blanche Saskatoon)

Nuit Blanche features College of Arts and Science artists

More than 40 students, alumni, faculty and staff are part of the annual contemporary arts festival

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Nuit Blanche 2022 is this weekend in Saskatoon—and the annual festival of art includes works by more than 40 artists connected to the College of Arts and Science.

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon is a free night-time contemporary arts festival featuring projections, sculptural installations, performance, music, theatre and other contemporary art forms.

Friday, Sept. 23, is Nuit Blanche Eve, a teaser night for the main Nuit Blanche festival on Saturday, Sept. 24. Both nights showcase installations and performances by students, alumni, faculty and staff of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Arts and Science alongside other established and upcoming artists.

Read about the featured artists below and learn more at www.nuitblanchesaskatoon.ca.

College of Arts and Science artists at Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche Eve (Sept. 23)

Read details and the full lineup on the Nuit Blanche website

Nuit Blanche Eve

“Happy Hours / Sad Minutes” by DIP

Location: The Avenue Room, 3rd Ave. S.

“Happy Hour/Sad Minutes” is an hour-long program of moving image works from the Digital and Integrated Practice Program (DIP) in the Department of Art and Art History at USask. Read about the featured artists.

“I’M IN THE TV’S” by Gabby Da Silva

Location: The Avenue Room, 3rd Ave. S.

Gabby Da Silva (BFA’22) is a (dis)abled artist fascinated with the collaboration between digital and physical mediums. Within a conceptual approach, she makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the questions of how they can be presented.

Nuit Blanche (Sept. 24)

Read details and the full lineup on the Nuit Blanche website

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Left: "The Ghost Who Loved Books" by Joseph Anderson. Right: "Golden Calf" by Allyson Glenn and David Sanscartier.

"The Ghost Who Loved Books" by Joseph Anderson

Location: Frances Morrison Library

Joseph Anderson (MFA’09) is a graduate of the Department of Art and Art History and works as the department’s office coordinator. In “The Ghost Who Loved Books,” ghostly textile sculptures mingle amongst borrowed library books.

"Confractus Gymnopédie" by Bell Dreams

Location: Drinkle No. 3 Rooftop

This installation constructs and deconstructs an ambient landscape with midi, guitar, flute, pedal steel and audience sounds. Bell Dreams comprises Edie Skeard, Ernie Dulanowsky and Department of Music graduate Jeff Morton (BMus’02).

"Symbiosis" by Amy Gerein and Katie Castellarin

Location: 21st St. W. between 1st and 3rd Ave

This project highlights the intersection between wildlife and human populations. Lifelike soft sculptures allow viewers to get close to various species. Amy Gerein, who works as office coordinator for the Department of Drama, pursued art along with her USask degree in animal bioscience.

"City Pulse" by Qihang Liang

Location: Countertop Art

Imagine the city as a human body: the road as blood vessels, citizens as blood flow, and buildings as organs. If your body’s movement could influence the world around you, how will you affect the functioning of this city? Qihang Liang (BA&Sc’21) is a master's student in interdisciplinary studies at USask.

"Fugitive Junctures" by Breanne Bandur

Location: Art Placement Gallery

Through drawing, Breanne Bandur (MFA’21) tries to reach beyond representation or even interpretation towards something more vast, immersive and personal—something existing simultaneously inside and outside herself.

"The Violet-Martha Field Station" by Jasmin Fookes

Location: River Landing winding path

Jasmin Fookes (BFA’10, MFA’21) reimagines methodologies, documentation, and taxonomies commonly associated with the curatorial care of biological collections. See unattended research and recontextualized tools in a reimagined field station.  

"The Motivator" by Jesse Fulcher Gagnon and Connor Brousseau

Location: River Landing winding path

In this projection installation, an animated character jogs endlessly through changing worlds, energized by original music specifically designed to get people moving. Jesse Fulcher Gagnon (BFA’15) and Connor Brousseau (BFA’17) are both graduates of the Department of Drama. Fulcher Gagnon is currently pursuing an MFA at USask.

“SAVAGE GROWTH” by Kyubbi Culture

Location: Sask Crescent and Eastlake

An interactive performance piece that transforms a space with theatrical lighting, psychedelic sound, luminous wearable sculpture, and interpretive choreography. Kyuubi Culture consists of Department of Art and Art History alumni Xiao Han (MFA’16) and Qiming Sun (BFA’16, MFA’18). They are joined by Negar Tajgardan (MFA’18).

"It Spoke to Me" by Alasdair Rees

Location: Prairie Sun Brewery

With a sequence of rhyming couplets on a commercial LED sign, this poetic installation talks about consumer culture, the history of disaster and technological acceleration. Alasdair Rees (BA’15) is a graduate of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.

Spoken Word Stage

Location: Broadway Theatre

Presenters between 7 and 11 pm include Danica Lorer (BA’91), Zhe the Free (master’s student in anthropology) and Elise Pallagi (BA’10).

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Left: "Brand New Style" by Andrei Feheregyhazi. Right: "The Violet-Martha Field Station" by Jasmin Fookes.

"Brand New Style" by Andrei Feheregyhazi

Location: The Broadway Collective

This augmented reality installation features an anxiety-riddled bird who is forced on an adventure. Andrei Feheregyhazi (BFA’03, MFA’17) is a graduate of the Department of Art and Art History.

"Duet: A Partnership in Life and Art" by Iris Hauser and Zach Hauser (BFA’79)

Location: Saskatchewan Craft Council

For more than four decades, Zach and Iris Hauser have lived and worked together. This exhibition showcases the results of this long collaboration. Zach Hauser (BFA’79) is a graduate of the Department of Art and Art History.

"Golden Calf" by Allyson Glenn and David Sanscartier

Location: Alley behind The Bike Doctor

An investigation of the complex intersection between society’s dependence on fossil fuels and their impact, composed of a sculpture with a hand-drawn 2D projection. Allyson Glenn is a faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History.

"House Warming" by Lorna Conquergood and Mila Pshebylo

Location: Alt Hous Interior Design

USask alumni Lorna Conquergood (BEd’15, BFA’19) and Mila Pshebylo (BFA’19) collaborate on this installation that showcases a site of security and rest: a crocheted house, lit from within, the walls draped with soft, colourful squares.


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