Artillerist at Pixel Immersive Gallery (156 Augusta) to October 4. 416-840-1010 ext 138.
Looking for an early fix for a Nuit Blanche craving? The Artillerist at Pixel Immersive Gallery kicked off a month long run of an interactive installation that will see it's grand finale as contemporary art lovers crawl through Toronto on October 4th.
Seeking to repurpose the gun as a tool for creating art, Artillerist uses Nintendo Wii controllers embedded in decorate plastic guns as the primary point of interaction for visitors. Around the gallery are two sets of four framed art canvases on which users can paint by pointing the guns at them. Pulling the trigger spews forth random samples of illustrations ranging in theme from cutesy animals to satirical war propaganda.
Thirteen illustrators, many of them local, contributed their work to the project and users can choose from each of those artists for their source material. The virtual canvaes were an ever changing display of composition throughout the evening as people painted on top of each others work or the more ambitious in the crowd would clear all four screens and create a series of work across them. Taking things a step further, visitors can also upload their creations to Flickr or print an 11x17 on a hi res printer in the gallery.
Tip to the wise, get over to Pixel Immersive Gallery before Nuit Blanche if you don't want to wait to get your hands on prints of your creations. With a growing number of independant projects in the Kensington area this is sure to be busy spot all night long.