Blackout Fest held its first installment this year in Toronto from August 10th to the 19th. We took our trusty LC-A+, suitably loaded with black and white Lady Grey to check out this interactive festival – Read on to check out what all the hype was about!
Festival founders Eugenia Loukian and Mishka Balilty had an idea to create something that would bring the artist and the observer together, creating a one-of-kind interactive experience. Hence, Blackout Fest came to life. The theme for the festival was “The Ultimate Question”, prompting artists to describe their ultimate question in creating their pieces of art. Many of the artists were of local Toronto artists and even some international ones.
We were greeted at the entrance by a fantastic spray-painting demonstration by Chris Perez and Christina Mazzulla. We proceeded to enter The Ice Factory (there’s literally an ice factory next door!), walked up the stairs and through curtains into an ambient room full of installations and masterpieces to explore. From animations to paintings to photography, there was plenty to lay our eyes on and also participate in.
One of the neatest installations we saw was one by Kyle Brohman and David Nolan. It consisted of a HUGE circular display of photographs, blown up to create a bit of a cave, as I like to call it. When standing in the middle and speaking, your voice would echo – like you were in a cave! Pretty cool stuff.