Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019 Independent Projects
Sophia Oppel’s work addresses the power embedded in digital networks, and their manifestations in real-life experiences. Oppel’s art is based in digital media and interactive installations. She uses algorithms, web applications and software presets as subject matter, and tries to examine the assumptions imposed on users of these tools.
- Address: Unit G 13 Mansfield
In the laneway behind Mansfield Avenue.
- Public Washrooms: No
- Physical Access: Fully barrier-free and wheelchair accessible
- Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors
This sculptural video-installation immerses audiences into a landscape. This terrain maps the parallels between public architectures and “user-friendly” digital interfaces.
The architecture of malls, plazas, airports and lobbies serve the same “placeless” function as social-media interfaces. These spaces provide a supposedly “neutral” experience that foregrounds content and give users a sense of agency, while concealing the extraction of free labour and 24/7 surveillance. Many physical and virtual spaces reinforce the illusion that everyone there has the same access and the same rights, while in reality, they exacerbate inequality and apathy. These are some of the troubling dynamics that the artist will try to visualize in this installation.
Nuit Blanche Toronto and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce Crutch CAC as the recipient of the 2019 Independent Project Career Launcher. Co-founded by OCADU graduate Veronika Ivanova, Crutch CAC will present An Infinite Loop in the Virtual Plaza - an architectural installation and durational video work by Sophia Oppel for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019, in which audiences are immersed into a landscape that blurs the boundaries between the digital and the embodied.
Crutch CAC organizes seven exhibition projects annually in conjunction with 14 smaller public programmes (panels, performances, film and video screenings, literary events, and live music events.)
Nuit Blanche Toronto is an annual Toronto’s free all-night contemporary art event that invites adventurous residents and visitors to take to the streets from sunset to sunrise. Experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of Canadian and international artists. One night only, all night long.