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Monday, October 27, 2014

NOT-CTURNED

Posted on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 2:21 AM

As my companion said as we traipsed home, "I've been Halifaxed one too many times now". What the fuck happened to this year's Nocturne? We, with a sea of others herded from Bishop's landing to Pier 21 in search of art. What did we all find? A lame ass Pong thing which didn't work, nothing, more nothing, then some real art in a gallery we can go to anytime, then a sad, sad huge rocking horse with ooooooh a synched clop clop sound and some fucking rope lights, then a place to omg Draw With Markers On Paper. Oh and let's not forget the "interactive" pottery where we had the great privilege of filling out a ballot to win a piece of last year's participants' pieces; tiny pottery blobs created by 6 year olds, the likes of which I toss out on a weekly basis. Thank you. And here's a big beef: If a (albeit artistically sound) performance piece is full of massive aggression and extreme profanity, put up a fucking warning for parents before they pile into the theatre with their toddlers to be subjected to a performer yelling "Balls, Dicks, Fuckers" and "I Hate You!" repeatedly at your infant who then wails, terrified. This year's Nocturne was woefully organized and a classic example of Shit Plus One. If all the art around you is shit, all you need to do to stand out is do One better, and that's just not good enough. Next year, let more and real artists do their thing, otherwise call it Open Gallery night. It used to be the best night of the year. —I Miss the Real Noturne

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