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Ulu Braun projection on the Sears Building (across from Yonge-Dundas Square), Friday (June 14), 9:30 pm. Free.
NXNE liberates Ulu Braun's Atlantic Garden from the confines of a gallery setting, projecting his video-collage in a giant format that allows viewers to appreciate all the details. The Berlin-based artist slowly pans across a fantasy summer holiday landscape into which he inserts characters and snippets of action lifted from TV and movies, melding modern ecological ideals with 19th-century romanticism.
Troubling Masculinities at Videofag (187 Augusta) Thursday to Saturday (June 13-15); reception tonight (Thursday), 7-10 pm; panel discussion Saturday, 2 pm. Free.
This group show with many big names from the local queer art scene plus a few international guests is curated by Ken Moffatt, a prof at Ryerson and author of Troubled Masculinities: Reimagining Urban Men. Work by Will Munro, Fastwürms, Peter Kingstone, Darryl Vocat, Nina Arsenault, Keith Cole (who performs at the reception), Melissa Levin, Lex Vaughan and others subverts dominant gender concepts and celebrates alternative ones.
Brendan de Montigny at the Cameron House (408 Queen West), Saturday (June 15), 2 pm. NXNE wristband or $5.
Brendan de Montigny, who finds inspiration for drawings, paintings and sculpture in hobbyists' models, action figures and machine schematics, sits inside a slotted white box for the installation I Am Learning. Calling himself the Human Printer, the Quebec-based artist churns out drawings on demand that the audience can take home. The work also appeared at last year's Nuit Blanche in Ottawa.
Kristen Vermilyea at Creatures Creating (822 Dundas West), Friday (June 14), 7 pm. NXNE wristband or $5.
American-born writer/actor/filmmaker/artist Kristen Vermilyea, currently based in Zurich, presents her feminist performance/installation The Weight Of Breasts. Recontextualizing this emblem of female beauty, Vermilyea asks participants of all genders to experience what it's like to carry breasts on their chest using sandbag-like prostheses.
Johannes Zits at Bay and King, to Friday (June 14), 11 am-3 pm; and at Ryerson Quad (40 Gould), Saturday (June 15), 11 am-1:30 pm. Free.
Continuing his body-based performance work, Johannes Zits, a Toronto artist who often uses naked bodies in natural settings, takes a more urban approach in Looking For Guides To An Alternative. While cutting fabric strips from the business suit he is wearing and weaving them into a long cloth, he engages viewers in conversation as his business attire (and the persona it signifies) slowly deteriorates.
Dorian Batycka at Neubacher Shor Gallery (5 Brock), Friday (June 14), 7 pm. NXNE wristband or $5.
The Hamilton-based artist/curator/poet/DJ, who's also working with the Chamber of Public Secrets as a curator for the Maldives Pavilion at the current Venice Biennale, promises a mind-altering experience that plays with virtual reality and perception. Participants in his Brain Damage installation take an audiovisual journey involving a cap equipped with brain sensors and electronic instruments that transform brainwaves into sound.