Public Studio & Etel Adnan
Zero Hour

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015
360˚ video installation installed outside the defunct planetarium of the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
October 3 2015, sunset – sunrise
With: Anna Friz, Carol Weinbaum, Josh Schonblum, Han Yang, & Lili Huston-Herterich
Above image credit: photos 4 and 7 by Dan Galbraith

Conceived of in response to Joaquin Torres Garcia’s 1943 drawing Inverted America, Public Studio collaborated on this project with Etel Adnan, renowned Lebanese essayist, painter, poet and philosopher. Adnan composed a poem to be paired with Public Studio’s 360-degree domed video projection, which shows simulated weather patterns and climatic disturbances based on those experienced in the southern hemisphere. Imposing it onto a simulation of the actual cityscape immediately surrounding the site of display, i.e., the streets of Toronto (in the North), Public Studio brings the inverted map into a contemporary dialogue on climate change.


5 Things We Want to See at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, David Balzer for Canadian Art, October 1 2015
HTUOS/HTRON, Nuit Blanche 2015, David Jager and Fran Schechter for NOW Magazine, September 30 2015