5 things to catch at the Light To Night Festival
A marquee event of the Singapore Art Week, the Light To Night Festival is well-known for bringing the Civic District to life with mesmerising multimedia projections on the façade of iconic buildings. This year’s festival, however, offers the public not just on-site activities but also online arts experiences.
The public can look forward to art installations and activities at the National Gallery Singapore and festival partners such as the Asian Civilisations Museum and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. The festival’s online art offerings include performances and livestreamed talks.
The festival is spearheaded by the National Gallery Singapore, and its theme this year is “_____-in-Progress”. The blank in the title is an invitation to participants to reflect on their personal journeys over the past year and fill in the space with new possibilities and hopes for the future.
Below are five not-to-be-missed highlights at the festival, which is on from 22 to 31 Jan.
Art Skins On Monuments
The projection of artworks on the facade of iconic buildings around the Civic District, including the National Gallery Singapore and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, is a popular feature of the festival. This year, for the first time, visitors will also be able to enjoy immersive light projections indoors at the Gallery’s Rotunda Library (above). The light projection, I’m All Hands All Eyes, is a reflection on how our hands and eyes have become ever more important tools of communication as our smiles are often masked during the Covid-19 pandemic. The work is by the principal of Zarch Collaboratives Randy Chan, architect Fiona Tan, designer Finbarr Fallon, dance artist Faye Lim, and engineer Stanley Yong.
Augmented Reality – National Collection Comes Alive
See paintings in the National Collection come to live on your mobile device as you view them in the National Gallery Singapore or outside the museum using augmented reality technology. You can interact with the AR animations via the festival’s Instagram account @lighttonightsg, and the festival’s microsite. Special Instagram filters, inspired by works in the National Collection, have also been created by Singaporean tech artist Eugene Soh, and they are available on the festival’s Instagram account.
Stop by the National Gallery Singapore’s Padang Atrium and look up. Suspended in the atrium space is the installation Arrive, Arrive, by Singapore artist Tan Guo-Liang. Comprised of coloured wing-like structures, the large-scale work invites viewers to consider what defines a painting, how it should be viewed, and where it can be viewed.
Ways Of Seeing
Peer through a giant telescope-like installation on the Asian Civilisations Museum Green and you might just find a new perspective on life around you. The work is by Singapore-based architecture studio Zarch Collaboratives. The installation will be supported by an online performance piece, a workshop and a webinar.
Experience the festival wherever you are with this video series which spotlights local performing artists such as dance duo Scrachmarcs, hip hop artist Yung Raja and filmmaker Victric Thng. The video series profiles works by the artists that are inspired by paintings in the National Collection. The artists also share their thoughts on what the festival theme means to them in the videos.
Plan your visit to the Light To Night Festival here.
Video: Claudio Chock
Photos: Claudio Chock, National Gallery Singapore