Teamwork at the DHC

Nuit Blanche event has guests produce full length script

by Kalika Hastings

Last Saturday, as part of the Nuit Blanche events, the DHC Foundation for Contemporary Art hosted an all night collective activity to create a full-length script, with each scene drawn by participants throughout the night.
The interactive workshop ran between 6:00p.m. and 2:00a.m. and was free of charge. An entire wall dedicated to the collective individual stories was derived from a corpse method where each person is limited to the end of what the previous person contributed.
“The interesting thing is that you don’t see how people started the story so you just add on to what you do see,” Maude Pilon, Gallery Educator said.
The event was inspired by SCENE, an art education project that encourages students to respond to artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s video installation, currently featured at the DHC. The exhibition is comprised of multi-screen narratives which address the fragile inner life of the protagonists and explores the thin line between fantasy and reality.
The participants at the event varied in age depending on the time of day, younger children were present earlier that afternoon and adults and teens later on that night. The scene cards, laid out on the center table with colouring pencils and markers were available to anyone interested in contributing.
“It’s fun to do an activity that my younger children would do,” Denise Wiggan, mother of two said.
The activity room, located in the basement of the gallery allowed passer-by’s to peek in through the street level windows and get a glimpse of participants enjoying hot chocolate and cookies while drawing.
“I was wondering what everyone was doing down there, so we decided to come see for ourselves,” Michael Beaudry said.
The scene fragments will be scanned and eventually make up a final story which will be assembled in a book format available on the DHC website.

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