Nocturne announces Scaffold as the theme for 2019 edition of visual arts showcase

Annual event in October will explore Halifax’s changing city

Déplacer les idées / Shifting ideas from the 2018 edition of Nocturne. Photo by Kylee Nunn.
Déplacer les idées / Shifting ideas from the 2018 edition of Nocturne. Photo by Kylee Nunn.

With the recent appointment of Halifax-based media artist Tori Fleming as its 2019 curator, in a media release Nocturne has announced this year’s theme will be Scaffold.

With Scaffold, artists will be given an opportunity to respond to Halifax’s changing city in absurd and critical ways. In this year’s fall festival of visual arts Scaffold will explore how temporary structures can be used to make a larger commentary on the social, physical, and political structures that shape our lives.

“We invite artists to use humour, absurdity, and the unexpected to transform our streets into a new city,” say organizers in the release. “For one night only we present your vision of K’jipuktuk/Halifax. How bad could it go? It’s gone tomorrow.”

Media artist, programmer, and curator Tori Fleming has been appointed as curator for this year's Nocturne. Photo by Robyn Touchie.
Media artist, programmer, and curator Tori Fleming has been appointed as curator for this year’s Nocturne. Photo by Robyn Touchie.

In a parallel call for projects, Fleming has invited artists to submit their projects for juried review, and will select upwards of seven anchor artists to develop site-specific artistic interventions associated with this year’s theme.

“As an artist, curator and HRM resident, I love the magic that comes from one night of big crowds and even bigger ideas. I look forward to working with artists to transform the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth,” she says.

Nocturne: Art at Night is an annual free event celebrating the visual arts scene. Taking place in galleries and public spaces in Halifax and Dartmouth, this year’s event will take place over three nights beginning on October 17, culminating with the art-at-night event on October 19.

“We hope that Scaffold will inspire artists and attendees alike to reconsider the potential of the city they live and work in,” says Nocturne executive director Lindsay Ann Cory.

For more information visit nocturnehalifax.ca.