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i Light Festival
7th â€“ 30th of March 2014, 7:30pm â€“ 11pm, Marina Bay Waterfront, Free Admission
i Light Marina Bay is Asiaâ€™s only sustainable light art festival that showcases innovative content, the intelligent use of lighting as well as an international line-up of creative talents. Themed Light+heART, the festival this year featured 28 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations from around the world. The Marina Bay waterfront was transformed into a magical space of light and colour for the public to celebrate both public spaces and creativity.
A full array of events, programmes and fun activities wereÂ lined up from 7 to 30 March 2014 to create a dazzling, diverse and more enriching experience for the community. From free guided tours and entertaining performances, outdoor dining to educational talks and workshops, this festival strove to build on the achievements of the previous festivals to bring an even more enjoyable experience.
The sociologist and transdisciplinary researcher, and Board Member of Cultura21,Â Dr. Sacha Kagan, gave the keynote opening speech at the i Light Symposium 2014.
21 Mar â€“ 6 Jul 2014, Singapore Art Museum
The first exhibition presented by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) after the Singapore Biennale,Â UNEARTHEDÂ investigated our relationship with Earth and the natural world, and charted SAMâ€™s new direction in encompassing and presenting projects and practices where art intersects with other disciplines and modalities.
Drawing on works from SAMâ€™s permanent collection as well as private collections, the exhibition at SAM offered an insight on how artists in Singapore view and respond to the natural world, coming from and living in such an urban and built-up environment. As such, one strand running through the exhibition was the idea of nature as something that can be studied, controlled, and constructed â€“ an idea that often extends into a metaphor for the nation and national identity. In contrast to the notion of a carefully cultivated â€˜Garden Cityâ€™, other artists regard nature as unknown, uncanny, and untamed, drawing on memories of natureâ€™s recent incursions into the urban cityscape. Natural sites as repositories of social memory and history also featured in these artistic excavations, as artists seeked to call attention to forgotten or overlooked terrain in Singapore.
This conversation was extended with a complementary exhibition at 8Q which presented artworks that have ensued from residencies undertaken by artists from Singapore and the region at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, a research centre dedicated to the study of earth sciences and natural phenomena. By turns poetic, reflective, experimental, and urgent, these works charged us to reconsider our assumptions and attitudes towards the natural environment and phenomena beyond human control, and how life is bound up with the land.
Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)
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