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Light to Night Festival 2018 | Jan 19, 2018

Light to Night Festival 2018
Light to Night Festival 2018: Colour Sensations

Pictures from Light to Night Festival 2018, currently ongoing at Singapore’s Civic District.


I’ve been looking forward to this since the beginning of the year. Firstly, because I enjoyed last year’s Night Festival. Secondly, because I visited an associated exhibition on New Year’s Eve, right before I went to wait in the rain for fireworks, and want to use the pictures from that evening to do a combined post.

To quote from the event brochure, this year’s Light to Night Festival is a series of programmes across major cultural institutions and open spaces in Singapore’s civic district, all based on the theme of colour. For me, I began my evening at National Gallery Singapore, that is, Zone A of the festival.

Of note, this latest “festival” is far more comfortable to navigate compared to the previous Night Festival too. The major locations and performance venues are much, much closer together.

Zone A: National Gallery Singapore

The Supreme Court Wing, before it’s “painted” by lights of the festival.
Promotion pull-up in basement.
One of the highlights of this zone. Walk, Walk, Walk, Search, Deviate, Reunite by TeamLab. This was described as a labyrinth in which one would encounter a myriad of characters in the quest for enlightenment.
I really liked this digital installation for it featured a traditional Japanese procession, with Yokai and Sakura and all. But it was very hard to get a decent picture!

Century of Light at NGS

This special exhibition of Impressionist art is listed as one of the highlights of Light to Night 2018, but it has actually been ongoing since November 16 last year.

As I mentioned above, I visited on New Year’s Eve and snapped over 1gig of images. Overall, I found Century of Light to be a terse introduction to one of the most important revolutions in Western art, with representative pieces by many big names of the movement. What’s doubly worth seeing is the special showcasing of masterpieces by Southeast Asian artists Raden Saleh and Juan Luna. I confess to being utterly ignorant of these two regional masters. Their unique styles certainly caught my eye.

A classical impressionist depiction of the Seine by Claude Monet.
A Caillebotte. I love wintry depictions. I also love Gustave Caillebotte’s other Parisian pieces, particularly those in which he adopted a more “photorealistic” style.
Okay, this doesn’t look like much. It is also one of the smallest paintings in the exhibition. But this picture once belonged to a woman a king gave up his crown for.
Flight of the Nymphs by Henri-Edmond Cross. (Naughty!)
Century of Light is divided into two sections. This is the “Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay” section.
The other section. Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna.
A rather disturbing but superbly dramatic piece by Indonesian Romantic painter Raden Saleh. According to the exhibition and Wikipedia, Raden Saleh is considered the first modern artist from Indonesia.
Another piece by Raden Saleh. I felt a strong urge to replay Far Cry 3 after seeing this one. (Lol)
The Juan Luna section of Between Worlds.
This immense spread by Juan Luna is titled Herois Anònims. Don’t you agree it is tremendously evocative. (As in, I felt like replaying Age of Empires III after viewing. *blink*)

Other Zones and Performances of Light to Night Festival 2018

Great Gatsby-eyes adorn the Supreme Court Wing of NGS.
The City Hall Wing.

See the word “game” on the Corinthian columns? There was indeed a game going on. One in which players stomp on a platform to fill up gauges displayed on the façade. I was … really keen to have a go. But there were too many squealing kids in the queues!

Art X Social at the Padang, this being Zone B. I didn’t go into this picnic spread as the grass was still wet from afternoon showers and I wasn’t wearing the right shoes.
The Arts House. I.E. Zone C.

By the way I had an interesting half-hour at the Arts House.

The moment I stepped onto the second floor, a lady earnestly invited me to attend A Novel Idea, a dramatized reading performance of 1984.

This was my first attendance of a reading in like, 20 ++ years, and all in all, I have to say it was very enjoyable. (The two readers were really good). The unusual thing about the reading is also that the audience gets to decide which novel to be read. I entered too late to partake in the voting, but I likely would have also voted for 1984, out of the three choices of that, The Great Gatsby, and Frankenstein.

Hues of Horn performance by Singapore Horn Sounds at Victoria Theatre (Zone D).
One of Victoria Theatre’s more colourful “art skins” for the festival.
Homecoming with Iman’s League concert at Esplanade Park. I’m not familiar with these guys, but I’d say they have a great stage presence.
A classic shot of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay to end the evening. Incidentally, the same area will be again adorned with light art installations in two months’ time.




Update Jan 22, 2018: More pictures!

Was in the vicinity again, so took the opportunity to snap more pictures and to visit the zones I skipped the other evening.

House of Mirrors by Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney at Zone E, Empress Lawn.

This payable attraction (SGD 2.00) is like those mirror mazes you see in movies and games, and I confess it creeped me out a little. It was quite deserted when I entered at six, and with the mirrors utterly spotless, I kept walking into cul-de-sacs and myself!

Had I entered after dark, I suspect it would have been even more … atmospheric.

BTW, House of Mirrors also strongly reminded of that episode from Gotham Season 3. You know, the one with teen Batman confronting teen Joker?

The Supreme Court Wing of National Gallery Singapore with another art skin on.

I neglected to mention in the main post that these projections are titled “Art Skins on Monuments” and they are by Brandon Tay X Safuan Johari. The ones for the City Hall Wing of the Gallery, see below, is titled Chromascope and it’s by Spinifex Group.

Chromascope.
Back to Zone D.
The zone I entirely skipped the other night. F, the Asian Civilisations Museum.
These art skins are great, aren’t they?

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Light to Night Festival 2019 – Art Week Edition.

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Light to Night Festival 2018
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Light to Night Festival 2018 pictures. This latest light-up celebrates our colonial landmarks with evening performances and façade “art skin” shows.
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