The Nuit Blanche came downtown Toronto again in the first Saturday night of October 2014. Thousands and thousands visitors experienced a night of art adventure transformed by 130 art projects created by nearly 400 Canadian and international artists.
It was the ninth year of Nuit Blanche Toronto art events since 2006. The events of Nuit Blanche Toronto were mainly supported by the City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture Division and Scotiabank. So the events were also known as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Many arts and cultural agencies, corporate sponsors, and hundreds of artists and volunteers were involved each year.
HalfLife was a project of performance art that dominated the Nathan Philips Square that night. Performers and visitors all became parts of the art project. Performers painted on visitors’ faces or hands with a kind of liquid. The liquid marks would appear fluorescence under certain lights. The art project HalfLife demonstrated the way of spreading life, love and happiness.
The Garden of Renova was one art project that adopted digital media technology as part of the art work. The Garden of Renova was set up using Renova coloured bathroom tissue together with four colorful dancing dresses. Four photo books displayed images of dancers wearing the dresses and dancing. Furthermore, an app installed on iPad would show dancing scenes merged perfectly with the real background at the spot, as if the dancers were dancing on top of the platform of tissue papers.