More than just an exercise in visual acrobatics, I think art that utilises lights as its medium invites viewers to expect the unexpected and purports a dimension of beauty that’s both transcendental and hypnotic.
Instead of passively viewing a painting or sculpture and contemplating what it does to us inside (I think that’s what it is meant by art appreciation), lightarts heighten the awareness of our surroundsings and renewed an appreciation of what’s on the outside. We start to see how a scenery converse with the changing volcabulary of light. And how sometimes the weakest glow, illuminates things that we’ve never noticed.
So here is a small collection of installations from this year’s i Light that I came across from visiting the festival five times so far. Although inadequately, I’ve classified these works into how they artified an indoor space and outdoor place. I hope this post will turn on in you a different perspective of the art pieces and ways to photograph them.
With the Official Blogger pass, I had the privilege of visiting the exhibits before they were completed and direct access to the artists so I’m incorporating some of these behind-the-scenes moments in the hope that they will add to your feel about the works…
Crystallised by Andrew Daly and Katherine Fife (Australia)
Comprising of 5,000 acrylic icicles, the overhanging canopy of lights looked like a miniature interpretation of auroras in the polar hemispheres. Understated and unflambouyant, the creators of Crystallised attempted to invoke the awe of looking up at a night sky of ever fluctuating lights with the topograhical represntation of glowing stalactites.
Parmenides 1 by Dev Harlan (USA)
i Light Marina Bay saw a maverick of techniques in harnessing the artistic of light. One of my favourites was the hypnotic and mesmerising installation by Dev Harlan. I’m in the experiential media industry that concerns itself with creating an all encompassing digital-cum-tactile experience for visitors, so I can appreciate the technical difficulties what Parmenides 1 needed to overcome in order to reach the visual effect it achieved.
Sweet Home by Aleksandra Stratimirovic (Sweden)
Diabetics, be forewarned. Looking at photos in this section may cause an insulin surge. Sweet Home by Aleksandra is eyecandy on a large scale. Driven by a desire to turn unsightly places into beauty queens, the Swedish artist had given many places the touch of her saccharine makeover.
Key Frames by Groupe LAPS (France)
Reinterpreting the pastime of animating stick figures with flipbook sketches, Key Frames used the dark of night as its canvas to create a tactile playground for over 50 stick people made of LED light tubes. Accompanied by a light-hearted soundtrack, the figures take on life and action to excite the senses!
Immersion by Martin Bevz and Kathryn Clifton (Australia)
When I first saw Immersion, it looked like a tele-portal that will be activated by the command, “Beam me up, Scotty!” Resembling a vertical fountain frozen in motion, the installation changes colours in response to motion. Walk around it and the 8m-wide semi-circle of light will throw out a variation of hues and colours.
MEGAPOV by Teddy Lo (Hong Kong)
With MEGAPOV, there’s more than meets the eye. What looks like a stick of pulsing LED lights actually hid a variety of images when viewed by moving one’s head from side-to-side. I saw quite a number of people shaking their headings violently to see the images. I was in stitches seeing how comical they looked.
I joined it too. But soon found out there’s a better way to appreciate the work. Through the lens of the camera. Here’s how…
Well, that’s all on the collection of works in this inside-outside take on the installations. This is just a skim of the works and the best is to go down to the bay and check them out yourselves. I’ll post about more works soon. Lights out for now