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Even the Sphinx has Eyes /ˌinvəˈtāSH(ə)n/ - Illuminate the Night


Digital & new media Film & video Interdisciplinary Performance
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Manitoba Museum

Lily Street at James Avenue

Winnipeg, MB

Directions: This event will take place outdoors. Film projections can be viewed from the sidewalks along Lily Street.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


This project has new dates and locations! It can be experienced on Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9 at Théâtre Cercle Molière (340, boulevard Provencher) from dusk until late. The project will also be set up on Saturday, October 10 at the Manitoba Museum (east side, Lily St at James Ave) from 7:30 - 9:30 pm.

“There are various eyes. Even the Sphinx has eyes: and as a result there are various truths, and as a result there is no truth.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

Using high-powered projectors, a camera and little bit of magic, the Manitoba Museum will be transformed into a Sphinx… using your eyes!

We can change our body language or be selective in our choice of words but we cannot stop our eyes from reflecting how we truly feel…

Through the windows of the soul, we see sadness when our eyelids rise;

Open eyes and a penetrating gaze means we’re paying attention;

Our eyebrows arch when we get angry; and when aroused, our pupils dilate…

With strict COVID-19 safety measures in place, passers-by and special guest artists are invited to join us in creating a live art installation by capturing and projecting the eyes of all willing participants. We invite you to place yourself in front of the camera and ponder the question - What is your truth? Using the back of the Manitoba Museum building as a blank canvas, we will project your truth for all to see.

After a successful summer run of INVITATION – a Socially Distant Performance Installation, a live projection event in collaboration with various Manitoban artists, we are thrilled to take what we have learned and apply it to our new endeavour,

Even the Sphinx has Eyes


an interactive art installation

The project will utilize outdoor space, with capacity limits and physical distancing measures in place. (Hand sanitizer will be available on site.)



Illuminate the Night - Hugh Conacher & Angela Chalmers

Each year, an Open Call is held for artists to propose pieces that will enhance the audience experience of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg through the Illuminate the Night program. Projects are selected by a jury of artists and art professionals and are featured in Winnipeg’s downtown core.

This is a call inviting artists working in all artistic mediums to submit projects- performance artists, installation artists, textile artists, graphic designers, media artists, architects and general creative thinkers – with a performance, exhibition or installation that will enthrall, excite and possibly introduce Winnipeggers to something they have never seen or experienced before.

Hugh Conacher is a lighting and multi-media designer, and a photographer, whose practice is based in live performance. He has collaborated with choreographers, directors, visual artists, and dance and theatre companies throughout Canada and around the world, in venues large and small. He approaches each project as an individual work of art.

Angela Chalmers is a performer, writer/playwright, arts educator/facilitator, documentary filmmaker and relaxed performance consultant.


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