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October 14, 2021 - October 16, 2021

Invisible Threads are the Strongest Ties

Hosted by Eyelevel

Eyelevel is pleased to announce our project for this year’s iteration of Nocturne: Art at Night 2021: Invisible Threads are the Strongest Ties by Melany Nugent-Noble!

The project is one that meditates on anonymity, distance, connection, and community. Consisting of a series of 30 beacons that each change colour and become brighter when they are closer together and dimmer when they are further apart, Nugent-Noble’s project will be available to Halifax residents during an evening activation as part of the festival on October 16, 2021. Reserve a beacon in advance here

Join us on October 14th at 5PM at the Central Public Library's BMO room for an artist talk!

Anonymity and distance can often characterize the ways in which we move through physical spaces, daily routines, and behaviours. However, by elevating an element of chance connection with others during such tasks, there is potential to amplify the connection or curiosity of others with whom we share space, interact, and form a community. 

Invisible Threads are the Strongest Ties aimed to enhance the intersection of strangers as a means to disrupt the patterns in which we exist and amplify the moments that may otherwise be lost in the repetition and routine; to create curiosity about community and those that we share our communal spaces and routines with, and to acknowledge chance (situated-ness and temporality of interaction) and the creation of varied experience in its retelling.

Participants will have the opportunity to keep a beacon with them as part of their evening as they explore the Nocturne Festival. As the beacons move around, they communicate with each other and respond to the proximity and movement of other beacons by becoming brighter when they are closer, and dimmer when they are further apart. The beacons also change colour based on the number of beacons that are nearby. There are no other indicators of the proximity of other beacons. Participants only know of others’ locations or identities if they are seeing them in person. As such, participants only engage with others through the different colours and intensity of light from their beacon.


ASL interpretation provided for the artist talk on October 14th at 5PM at the Central Public Library BMO Room.



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Eyelevel is an arts worker/artist-run organization mandated to present and support the development of socially-relevant and thought-provoking artistic practices locally, regionally and nationally. Eyelevel supports artists through residencies, mentorship, publishing and presentation outside of a traditional gallery context that is accompanied by care-oriented and trauma-informed artistic, professional and personal support. Eyelevel aims to raise public awareness and capacity of our local arts community; particularly artists and arts workers who have been historically underserved and misrepresented in the contemporary art dialogue. Eyelevel strives to be a connector between artists, communities and the broader public, to constantly question the balance of power and work against systemic oppression and discrimination by centring anti-violence and pro-survivor practices. Eyelevel works in treaty to build a more inclusive and caring world through art, and to advance positive change within the arts through its operations, policies and programming.