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Night Festival 2012: A Nocturnal Extravaganza worth Staying Up For

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Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

A nocturnal extravaganza of light art, spectacular aerial performances, music and dance is set to wow visitors at the 5th edition of the Night Festival. The events will take place on the public green spaces of the Singapore Management University, National Museum of Singapore (NMS), Singapore Art Museum (SAM), SAM at 8Q, School of the Arts (SOTA) and The Substation. All museums including The Peranakan Museum and The Philatelic Museum will open till 2am as part of the festival and what’s even better – all visitors can enjoy complimentary late night admission– sounds like an adventure!

Held over two weekends on 24-25 August and 31 August – 1 September, Night Festival 2012 showcases 74 acts, out of which 66 are local. The most prominent local artwork would be that of Brian Gothong Tan’s light projection onto the façade of the National Museum of Singapore. He aims to bring Singapore’s historical buildings to life – through his experimental film “WE THE PEOPLE”. Also look out for acrobats from Another highlight Circus Swingapore, the only school here that teaches Circus Arts (I didn’t know we had that!).

The most exciting part for me would be Night Lights, an outdoor showcase of spectacular light installations at Singapore Art Museum , SAM at 8Q and School of the Arts. These artworks were first presented at Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France which hosts the world’s grandest and oldest light art festival in the world. It’s a highly-coveted festival for light artists to exhibit at, so we can expect world-class standards here.

I was there both days, and there was so much to see I understood why the festival went on till 2am. Visitors sat on the grass, transfixed by the light projections on SAM and NMS, or simply merry little figures come alive on the steps of SOTA. A pity about the hot weather, else I would have thought I was on the streets of Lyon watching a beautiful art performance.

For the first time, Armenian Street will be closed on the second festival weekend (31 August – 1 September 2012), from 8pm to 2am due to planned programmes for the public along the street. I’ll certainly be back next weekend to catch this, and Argentinian group Fuerzabruta’s aerial spectacular. And loading up on the coffee to last me thought the night.

Night Festival 2012
Fri & Sat, 24 & 25 Aug and 31 Aug & 1 Sep | 7:30pm – 2am
SAM, SAM at 8Q, School of the Arts (SOTA), and various locations
Free admission
Website: http://www.nhb.gov.sg/brasbasahbugis/nightfestival

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan
24 & 25 Aug and 31 Aug & 1 Sep | 7:30pm – 2am
National Museum of Singapore Façade Projection
Combining film, motion graphics and experimental animation, Brian’s complex yet playful work, with soundscapes by award-winning composer/musician Philip Tan, is a stunning visual feast that will bring audiences of all ages on a colourful and surreal journey.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Under the Banyan Tree: Open Air Cinema (Labu dan Labi, 1962)
Directed by P. Ramlee
National Museum of Singapore, Stamford Green

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Scaling the Dome with Joe Hill‘s 3D painting

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

These lively Bhangara dancers certainly drummed up a storm with the audience

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

A creative mix of LED dragon moves

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

High energy LED lion shuffling to current dance moves. It was fascinating to watch, yet a part of me thought they were a bit too cute, and lost the original majestic nature of the Chinese lions. Would you want a shuffling lion as an auspicious creature and watch over your fortunes? I wonder.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum
Mimoїd II presents a constantly evolving architecture of a building where each transformation is based on the building’s history and structure. The artwork goes beyond history, into the anticipation of paradise and the unknown. The word “mimoid” comes from Stanislas Lem’s book, Solaris. The Mimoids, which are wave formations of hundreds of thousands of pixels, have a particular fondness for all human artifacts and they imitate and ‘give variations on the theme of a given object’.Monument AIR (Mimoїd) was first presented at Fête des Lumières 2010 in Lyon, France 

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Distorted Forest by Stéphane Blanquet
Queen Courtyard, Level 1, SAM
This installation Distorted Forest plays with the use of lights and shadows. Blanquet readapts the Chinese technique of shadow play and creates a forest populated with six larger-than-life-size half-plant, half-insect elements in the Queen Courtyard of the Singapore Art Museum. With a specially designed light system, the shadows of the elements will be projected on the walls to create a stormy and haunted forest.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

These two are my favourite artworks – such simple yet arresting concepts

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Night Watch by WOKmedia
SAM at 8Q
30 giant pairs of quirky animal eyes peer out from the corridors of SAM at 8Q, illuminating the night sky. Modelled after the eyes of birds, fishes and reptiles, the eyeballs seem to be looking back at us even as we regard them, acting as colourful metaphors that cast a questioning gaze about our secure urban environment. WOKmedia is an art and design collective consisting of Julie Mathias and Wolfgang Kaeppner.
Night Watch was first presented at Fête des Lumières 2011 in Lyon, France © WOKmedia

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

This is insanely cute!
Fish Tank at No. 8 by Stéphane Masson
SAM at 8Q
You simply can’t miss this live virtual aquarium with its giant red fishes! Artist Stéphane Masson specialises in using urban environments to create unexpected and poetic video installations. With Fish Tank, he modifies an ordinary space to become a site for contemplative entertainment, producing surprises and smiles.

La Voiture Aquarium was presented at Fête des Lumières 2011 in Lyon, France © Stéphane Masson.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

You can watch the fishes swim all night….really.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Children’s Dreams (at SOTA)
Jérôme Donna and Public Lighting Department to City of Lyon, France

See how children’s drawings of familiar fairytales characters are gradually brought to life with sparkles of lights! The spectacle is complemented by an equally colourful musical score. Children’s Dreams is a work created by Jérôme Donna, lighting designer at Public Lighting Department to City of Lyon, France who has participated in numerous projects for Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France.Children’s Dreams was first presented at Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France © Jérôme Donna and Public Lighting Department to City of Lyon, France. 

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

It was nothing technologically inspiring, just simple LED light strips forming merry figures which reminded me of childhood. And made me smile.

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It was 1.40am by the time I got to SOTA. And I was hot and dog tired. Time for me to take reference from the wolf and hit the bed…I never felt bored for a single minute with so much to see, and it was an awesome way to spend the weekend – almost free! hahaha

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8 thoughts on “Night Festival 2012: A Nocturnal Extravaganza worth Staying Up For

  1. Pingback: Yesterday.sg » Blog Archive » Things to catch at the Night Festival this weekend

  2. Thanks for posting this! Would you like to submit an entry in the heritage blog competition? The competition calls for entries about Heritage Fest, Night Festival or just heritage in general.
    Link: http://www.heritagefest.sg/blog/

    Look forward to your support!
    Singapore HeritageFest

  3. A part of the world that I have lost in my hitherto life and now as a pensioner I am afraid it is out because of financial constraints. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Pingback: Asian Art Happenings

  5. Thanks for sharing this. It brings good memories of the Night Festival.

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