The Merging Exhibit
Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016
The sun set and undulating crowds wandered freely through Toronto. Every nook of the city became a new opportunity for memories, everyone felt part of an unspoken adventure. Pedestrians walked through streets holding hands, laughing, sharing ideas about which exhibit they were most looking forward to.
Artists Take Over Toronto
Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 was an enjoyable collective public experience where art took over the city. This was our first time participating in Nuit Blanche, and we were overwhelmed by the positive response The Merging exhibit received.
Inside the Installation
The installation features an exterior and interior mural, as well as plinths with AR markers which can all be scanned with The Merging mobile app to see augmented reality sculptures in real-time.
Tech Meets Art
Here is a quote from Nicola Verlato’s Nuit Blanche Toronto artist statement:
Creating in the style of Renaissance masters, Nicola Verlato will use 3D scans to create a digital painting. The animation is content for an augmented reality app which triggers experiences when particular images are found in The Merging painting, and in the images on top of the plinths scattered throughout the indoor installation…
Through the use of [The Merging] app, the mural becomes an entity between our physical space and the space of the representations, inhabiting our world but also as a portal to infinite explorations.
This combination of augmented reality tech and fine art leads to a refreshing new form of collective experience. By gamifying galleries and museums, you can interact with art on another level and come away from the experience feeling like you’ve been immersed in something new.
Looking Forward to #nbTO17
Nuit Blanche was a really fun time and it felt great engaging with the local art community in Toronto. This was our first time participating and we encourage everyone to go next year. With so many new exhibits featuring technological innovations like The Merging, the future of installations is intriguing. Artistic experiences are transformed into something new through our everyday gadgets.
Click here to read our next post about the Making Of The Merging where we share insider-views on how this project came together.
Check out these other posts about The Merging:
rutvNEWS – Top 4 Nuit Blanche Exhibits
Anthony Bonato – Math Art: Nuit Blanche intersects Coxeter
SEED Interactive Blog – [Making Of] The Merging