A Successful Scotiabank Nuit Blanche!

Independent Illustration


“A Collective Nightmare” – Under the direction and creative of JoAnn Purcell, Seneca’s first independent project in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (from sunset to sunrise on Oct 5-6) was an overwhelming success!  We recreated 40 frames from the short film by director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí, “Un Chien Andalou” (sequence 1:03-1:42), (1929) to create a collective visual nightmare.  Embedded in the art history canon, this iconic sequence introduces a dream/nightmare surrealist silent film.  A series of student volunteers used markers and painted the basic structure of the image by redrawing the frame as it was projected. The public viewers were then invited to participate by using colour markers to draw and write their own reactions to the sequence,  the film and nightmares in general. We now need to take the frames created and post them into a time line to recreate the revised film! (Stay tuned!)

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Project Details

Public viewers are invited to participate in the remaking of a segment from the short film by director Luis Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali, “Un Chien Andalou”(1929). Students from Seneca College’s art programs will provide the basic structure by redrawing the frame in B+W as it is projected onto large format paper. The public will be invited to participate using colour markers to draw and write their own reactions to the sequence and nightmares in general, perhaps to cathartic effect! These redrawn composites will be photographed and each put into a sequential timeline. As the night progresses, the growing timeline will be viewed on a large TV. As the remade film segment is played back, the collective nightmares blur together over the re-drawn sequence! A second TV will show the original film (17 min) in its entirety, looped.



On the night of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013, in the ballroom of the Gladstone Hotel, the audience will be invited to participate in the remaking of a very disturbing segment of cinematic history and in keeping with the spirit of the Surrealists, become part of A Collective Nightmare! This unique project by JoAnn Purcell  will be created using the talent of students and faculty from Seneca College and support from the film and effects production house ACME Digital Pictures.