It’s one of the most buzzed about art events in the city. The Power Ball is the annual fundraiser that attracts the socialites and art lovers from across the city. Canada’s leading contemporary art gallery The Power Plant presents this year’s theme Power Ball: Old/New World on Thursday, June 5th, 2014.
This year’s theme pays tribute to the revolutionary time when digital technology developed from an analogue world, transforming everything from music, art, fashion and food. The event will celebrate the best of the old and new world with outstanding work by local and international artists.
On my radar is the performance by award-winning English British artist Naomi Kashiwagi. During her multi-disciplinary performance entitled Gramophinca, lounge guests will experience live gramophone glitching as Kashiwagi plays 78rpm records re-appropirated on a wind-up gramophone, demonstrating the potential to transform sounds for one era to another.
I’m also excited to see what the New York-based artist duo CONFETTISYSTEM will create for this event. Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho’s previous creations include creating sets for the fashion and music industry including Opening Ceremony, United Bamboo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Beach House. Their work has also been exhibited in art galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Holland.
Jon Rafman, an award-winning Montreal artist will premiere new work at the event that blurs the distinction between virtual and physical realities; an installation of B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your own Beamer) that will host a number of artists and their projectors; Christine Davis will exhibit work that addresses the contemporary in relation to critical junctures with modernity; and Oli Sorenson, a multi-media and performance artist will promote the practice of sampling and sharing.
The Power Ball is the largest annual fundraising event for The Power Plant. It supports the year round exhibitions and public programming of the gallery year round. Since its inception in 1999, the Power Ball has grown to attracted a sold out crowd of 1,5000 guests to the playful and spectacular events.
For more information about the Power Plant and tickets for the Power Ball visit www.thepowerplant.org
The Power Ball is on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West.
Tickets for the Lounge access (7 pm to 9 pm) $300 includes access to exclusive art performances, specialty cocktails and culinary treats, with a preview of the spaces and access to the Power Ball party to follow. Also includes a partial tax receipt for $180.
Tickets for the Power Ball Party (beginning at 9 pm) $165 includes access to the party and a partial tax receipt for $90.