Dominion: 16 Trajectories

Winnipeg-based urban designer, architect, and visual artist, Lawrence Bird, will project satellite and moving images harvested from 16 trajectories across the prairie landscape. The images are projection-mapped, with accompanying audio, and explore how we have demarcated and divided the prairies for colonization and profit — yet the prairies (and their image) fight back.

Passersby will see flows of moving imagery – captured from digital mapping platforms at satellite, aerial, and ground-level – along with accompanying audio.

“16 Trajectories” is part of the larger project “Dominion,” supported by the Canada Council and Winnipeg Arts Council, which uses satellite images to explore landscapes marked by the Dominion Land Survey. That’s the 19th-century survey that cut up the prairie: a strict grid disrupted back then (and today) by rivers, floods, surveying errors, and contradictory claims to the land. Like its digital image, the landscape depicted in “16 Trajectories” and “Dominion” is full of anomalies, breaks, gaps … glitches.

Dominion: 16 Trajectories is an Illuminate The Night Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 

Keep Me Awake – A Storytelling Shuttle Service

On buses, commuters overshare to lighten their load. In taxis, strangers let details of their day out of their mouths like fireflies: in bright, short bursts. On airplanes, passengers confide their fears, shining light into the darkness.

On long road trips, the night driver asks a favour: “Tell me a story to keep me awake.” Peg City Car Co-op presents Keep Me Awake – A Storytelling Shuttle Service: a storyteller will travel with the patrons, sharing a ride, and a story, to transport the body and the mind in two directions at once.

Keep Me Awake storytellers/ drivers will drive between Nuit Blanche Winnipeg’s three main zones, Downtown, the Exchange District and St. Boniface.

(Storytellers/ drivers have the right to refuse services to persons/people under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Storytellers/ drivers DO NOT drive to personal or business addresses.)


  • King @ William
  • Provencher @ St Jean Baptiste
  • The Forks
  • Graham @ Edmonton


Keep Me Awake is an Illuminate The Night Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council.

Riot Resist Revolt Redux

When the water is too polluted to drink, and the air is impossible to breathe, how will we go on? We have created stars to replace the stars we can no longer see… but what happens when even they are no longer enough to sustain us?

A companion piece to the play, “Riot Resist Revolt Repeat” by Frances Koncan, Riot Resist Revolt Redux is a deeper exploration of Indigenous and European mythology surrounding the creation of our world, and the relationship between humankind and the planet upon which we live.

A half-hour sensory journey through the diverse landscapes of human existence and hidden corners of human consciousness. Audience members are free to roam the space at their leisure, and follow the characters or stories that interest them.
They are free to participant, free to engage, free to explore, and free to make choices that will inform their experience, and even the experience of the characters within the play.
They, like Iskwe, are free to choice their future. Where will they walk? Whom will they follow? What will they discover?
The performance runs on a looping structure from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Riot Resist Revolt Repeat is an Illuminate The Night Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 

The Wall of FAME

FLASH Photographic Festival brings back The Wall of FAME on the corner of Arthur and Albert streets after dark. Get your portrait taken and the photographers of FLASH will project your face onto the McKim Building for all to see.

Huge! Epic! Slightly surreal. Then you can take a selfie with yourself… (ooh. meta)

The Wall of FAME is an Illuminate The Night Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 

Mapping People

Mapping People is a new-media interactive projection where viewers trigger a triangulated map through their presence in space, generating a real time drawing that continually evolves.
This installation is a participant driven projection that aims to engage imagined and real space through movement, and explores the potential for exchanges and new experiences.
The concept behind this project stems from the ‘Leave No Trace’ principle that is encouraged in outdoor recreation. For more than a decade, Julie Cos grove led canoeing expeditions in some of the most remote wilderness areas of Northern Ontario where she experienced the impact of navigating the landscape in both a
physical and symbolic context. While the concept of ‘leave no trace’ promotes appreciation and respect for the planet by minimizing impacts, it is also not entirely possible.
This project documents an experiential trace where the audience and their collective experience will draw a path and record a journey. An individual mark is made, but many paths cross over, accumulating over time and eventually dissolving. With one person in the path, an individual map is drawn, but when more than one person is in range, the drawing modifies itself to include whoever is present. This incites a digital interaction even if no word or physical contact is exchanged between viewers or participants. Without the audience, the projection remains dormant with only the points of the last visitors, waiting for the space to be activated once again.
The projection and drawing expands and diminishes with the crowds and the varying gestures of excitement or stillness.
 It responds to the chemistry between imagination and technology by revealing a visually mesmerizing drawing that maps our collective trace, but also seeks to engage the imprint of one another in a real sense, even if it is fleeting.
Mapping People is an Illuminate The Night Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 

The Light Within The Tunnel

Regardless of individual life, there are material and immaterial elements to being human that we all share as a common experience: sense, movement, sound, emotion and thought. Talia Shaaked and Madeline Rae invite you to experience The Light Within the Tunnel, installed in the Artspace alleyway.

Experience and traverse through this alternate passageway of the exchange: comprised of two curtain-walls made of string and projected video. After watching and inspecting the video, the audience is invited to pass through and interact with the wall of string. Experience the fluid physicality of the curtain barriers, and bathe in the glow of the projected video.

The Light Within the Tunnel will be between Art Space Building and Red River Books alleyway.

The Light Within the Tunnel is an Illuminate The Night Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 

Nuit Noire: Illuminate Our Voices

This year Black Space Winnipeg features the second instalment of our Afrocentric artist showcase, Nuit Noire: Illuminate Our Voices.

Nuit Noire was founded on the need to diversify a major festival for Winnipeg’s art community. Now entering its second year, Nuit Noire is highlighting community voices through visual and performance art.

Last year, the partnership between Black Space Winnipeg and Artist’s Exchange (studio of Gibril Bangura) showcased amazing talent from Winnipeg’s newcomer, African community and local artists of colour (Mahlet Cuff, Xavier Mitshipayi, Uri Portillo and Dubem Ukaigwe). This year we are pleased to partner with aceartinc.


Taking up space and making adequate space for artists across all disciplines from Winnipeg’s Black community.


Nuit Noire is an Emerging Voice Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 

Red, Green and Blue

Red, Green and Blue is a sculptural installation, by Vancouver-based, South Korean artist, Khan Lee that explores the artifice and wonder of manicured natural environments through a host of delicately constructed transparent cones.   Illuminated by lights in primary colour: Red, Green, and Blue, these plastic cones and their colourful looming shadows magically bend, sway and interrupt each other with the wind. As the sunsets over the Public Gardens, these delicate cone shapes transform from hand-folded plastic forms into seductive and mesmerizing blades of synthetic grass in a magical landscape.



Khan Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He studied architecture at Hong-Ik University, before immigrating to Canada to study fine art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Through sculptural and media practices, his work attempts to exhibit results of experimentation with form and process in order to express inherent relationships between material and immaterial content. He is a founding member of the Vancouver-based artist collective Intermission and is presently a member of the Instant Coffee artist collective. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Lee lives and works in Vancouver, BC.



In my art practice, I look for moments when a subject loses its common material perception and begins to suggest other possibilities. By isolating a specific property from its function, a material can then form the foundation of a conceptual process. A simple twist of inherent values within a material primes the viewer to perceive a whole host of unforeseen interpretations or perspectives. This statement may sound vague, but it encapsulates the foundation of my work as a visual artist.


Red, Green and Blue was first installed at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2016.

Red, Green and Blue is made possible by funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council. 

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floating, reflects the emotional experience occurring in response to feelings of cultural and social displacement. Seventy-two hand-sewn handbags made of mulberry paper are placed in rows on a wall. Projected upon them is a video of an origami paper boat, isolated and floating in a body of water. The handbag, is an everyday object, easily overlooked. It serves as a general metaphor of the identity which people carry. In contrast, the origami paper boat, a culturally familiar object, represents the Heejung Shin’s identity interacting with a new environment. As the paper boat floats, it is gradually absorbing the water, conforming to its surroundings. As a result, the boat is dissolving.

floating is an Illuminate The Night, Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council. 


Homes, is a collaborative interactive video installation the public can immerse themselves into two landscapes; Kristin Snowbird’s birthplace of Pine Creek and Theo Pelmus’ home of Romania. The landscapes created will be made up of two projections that are recreated through the artists’ memory and words.

There will be a rocking horse that incorporates wireless technology, which the public can control the projection’s images and sound. The projection will consist of the landscapes from each home, Ojibwe and Romanian, words in Ojibwe, Salteaux and Romanian language and photos.

Attendees can be an active participant on how he/she/ they want to hear our reconstruction of homes. A home is not only a place where one is born in but also a place in which in adulthood one can feel home after moving away from home.

Through the Homes project, artists PelmuSnow will invite audiences into their homes, our place of birth, to our families and connect emotionally and metaphorically with people they don’t know.

Homes is an Illuminate the Night, Open Calls Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council.