i Light Singapore will return for its eighth edition from 3 to 26 June 2022 after a two-year hiatus with with 20 captivating light art installations!
*Updated (18 May): added information on installations
Venue: Marina Bay
Dates: 3 - 26 June 2022, 7.30 pm - 11 pm daily (12 am on Fri & Sat)
Admission: Free, with charges for certain programmes.
Organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and presented by DBS, i Light Singapore 2022 welcomes visitors to immerse in the creative artworks of professional and student artists that spark fresh perspectives on the environment and the world around us, while continuing to raise awareness on sustainability and inspire environmentally-friendly habits.
Spark of Light
Starting this year, each edition of the Festival will be anchored on a colour from
the visible light spectrum, which comprises different wavelengths to symbolise various ways of seeing and understanding the world.
Themed Spark of Light, this year's festival will see 20 artworks from artists from 14 countries inspired by the colour violet – a colour which has the shortest wavelength and most powerful electromagnetic energy in the visible light spectrum, and signifies the awakening of senses akin to the spark of an idea in one’s mind.
Artworks on display are created by local and international artists who reimagine the potential of repurposing everyday objects and waste into delightful light installations. The artworks are aim to encourage conversations about our lifestyles and consumption behaviour to build a more sustainable future.
Alone Together, is a thought-provoking work by Singaporean artist Ping Lim and her American collaborator, Ian Grossberg, that features an interactive projection that captures the experience of living in isolation during the pandemic. Inspired by the scenes of housing estates in Singapore, the artwork captures vignettes of private moments that tell a story of people’s lives when they were confined to their homes. Families may also interact with the artwork in real-time with their mobile phones.
Fallen by South Korean artist group Nerdist x ARTINA is a projection mapping artwork on a recycled transparent dome and bubble wrap that imagines the story of an alien jellyfish from space that crash-landed on Earth after consuming trash jettisoned into orbit by humans who ran out of disposal space. The artist hopes to remind visitors on the effect of excessive waste due to consumerism, and how it impacts beyond just us.
MOTHEREARTH Climate Change Data Sculpture by Turkish new media studio Ouchhh. Presented in partnership with Marina Bay Sands, a video projection on the façade of ArtScience Museum will transform publicly available environmental data, such as those obtained from local weather recordings, into a stunning visual treat comprising moving lights, colours and sounds. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, the artwork turns data into an enjoyable sensory experience, while drawing attention to climate change issues.
Underworld by Aleksandra Stratimirovic from Sweden and Leonel Kaplan from Argentina depicts an imaginary undersea settlement with giant lanterns made of discarded fishing nets. Against the backdrop of a soundscape featuring haunting echoes of the sea, the artwork calls attention to the fragility of our marine ecosystem.
Besides spotlighting environmental issues, the artworks will transform familiar public spaces at Marina Bay and Esplanade Park into dazzling landscapes. Visitors can look forward to Firefly Field by Studio Toer from the Netherlands, featuring a mesmerising display of 500 flying and blinking lights that will illuminate The Promontory at Marina Bay. These lights mimic humble fireflies, known for their ever-changing bioluminescence and movement at night.
Taking its spot in front of the Red Dot Design Museum, Light Canvas by local artist group Trial & Error invites visitors to experience an exchange of energy by temporarily “painting” their own artworks on a digital canvas using flashlights from their mobile phones.
i Light Singapore 2022 will also feature Waste Not Want Not, presented by the
Festival’s presenting sponsor DBS. This eye-catching installation by local art
collective, Tell Your Children, will feature four larger-than-life inflatable sculptures of fruits and vegetables commonly found in our homes, but with a stylised twist. Depicting “ugly” food – which is in no way lacking in nutrition or taste, yet often ends up discarded as waste in the bins – this artwork challenges these stereotypes and prompts the question: “What makes food beautiful?”
A Multisensory Light Art Experience
i Light Singapore 2022 will also feature a series of other complementary programmes that promise a fun-filled and enriching experience for all.
Over at the Lower Boardwalk at Marina Bay, visitors will be invited to embark on a specially constructed floating pontoon for a multi-sensory journey. At Lightwave: Isle of Light, empowered by OPPO, visitors will traverse five unique zones with immersive features – from enchanting holographic projections, illuminated motion-capture graphics and shadows, to light beams that remind one of a mystical forest – and be treated to a unique light art showcase that heralds new possibilities.
This is a ticketed experience, weekday ticket is at SGD8, and each weekend ticket at SGD10 with discounts for bundled packages. The tickets are available exclusively on Klook.
At GastroBeats, a 14,200sqm Festival Village (this is a ticketed event) to be set up at Bayfront Event Space, visitors can eat to their heart’s content at Local Streets, which will spotlight Singapore’s dynamic hawker and street food culture. Families and friends can also explore Art Zone, and the kids and young at heart can get their hearts pumping at Jumptopia’s gigantic food-themed inflatable playground.
For visitors looking to deepen their festival experience, they can learn more about lighting design and activating spaces by participating in Light Forum, comprising a series of tours, talks and workshops conducted by industry experts.
Over at The Lawn at Marina Bay, drone enthusiasts can try their hands at operating luminous drones at Drone Nation, presented by the Marina Bay Alliance. Skilled drone flyers can race against other professionals at the exhilarating Racing Arena complete with a neon light obstacle course, while first-timers can learn the basics from expert trainers at the Experience Arena.
Venue and Time
i Light Singapore 2022 will be held from 3 to 26 June 2022, 7.30pm to 11.00pm daily with extended hours to 12.00am on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free, while charges apply for certain programmes.
Visit https://www.ilightsingapore.gov.sg for more information.
*Photo Credits: i Light Singapore