Saturday, September 24, 2016

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky | All Night Convenience

One of my favourite Nuit Blanche projects ever takes place tonight in Edmonton as part of their Petit Nuit programming (their Nuit Blanche event is bi-annual, with a smaller event in the off years). Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky's All Night Convenience first appeared as part of Bodies and Buildings by Christina Ritchie for Toronto's NB event in 2012. Other iterations have taken place in Richmond, Virginia and Dallas, Texas. 

The piece functions as a large lantern (the store), filled with smaller lanterns (the products). Viewers can appreciate the installation as the sculpture that it is, without standing in line, or can opt for a more invested, immersive experience. Line up times in Toronto ranged from 20 to 70 minutes at peak times, because viewers were invited in a few at a time and given the time to carefully select the store item that they would like to have turned into a necklace or lantern on a stick. 

They then travelled through the rest of the exhibit, dispersing the light of the larger lantern and advertising the project back upon itself. 

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