On the 20th of October was Bright Nights at Sentosa’s Pop-up Nights: one of the few uplifting sights to witness of the year. Project XIV alerted its armory and presented a some of the best burgeoning talents Singapore could offer: Sam Lo (SKL0), Soph O, The Super System, alongside yarn artist, Adeline Loo (It Takes Balls).
Too bad if you missed the awe-inspiring spectacle showcasing light installations by the artists, it would’ve literally lit up your ‘Gram, moreso, if you like to go against the grain (2017 made being seen at a Yayoi Kusama exhibition so passé), but please read on and find out more about the concepts behind the installations, as well as some snaps:
(pictured above: SKL0- On the Impermanence of Discovery)
SKL0 (Sam Lo) : On the Impermanence of Discovery
“When all light finally
forsakes a room,
do we take the time
to interrogate the dark
and to what end?”
— Cyril Wong, “Practical Aim”
This installation by Sam Lo takes inspiration from local writer Cyril Wong’s “Practical Aim” as the jetty is transformed into an infinity bridge with each individual frame representing a new layer of thought. As repetition sets in we wonder what it’s all for- we can choose to sink in the layers or continue with each frame through to discovery as we question existence and the world around us.
(pictured above: Soph O- Lost Colonies)
Soph O : Lost Colonies
Lost Colonies is a site-specific installation that combines the ephemeral environments inspired by nature, knitted by machines, and assembled by humans.
The plants around the structure were carefully selected to pick up on the UV lights, while the seating area allows audiences to look up at the artwork that flickers with strong winds.
Resembling a honeycomb, the installation unravels into a fabric-like structure that drifts away through the urbanscapes, taking on a new life of its own. With its travels, the web collects adventures and memories that draw parallels to the self. The artwork draws inspiration from bokeh lights, the blurriness we see when our vision is unfocused. It invites viewers to listen with their eyes, and hear the colours as they immerse into the hexagonal shapes found in both nature and man-made foundations.
(Pictured above: Adeline Loo)
The Super System : Gadja Madha’s Dream
Nusantara is a conceptual kingdom created by the Majapahit Empire, consisting of countries spanning from Malaysia to Indonesia. Gadja Madha’s Dream is an installation by The Super System which features patterns influenced by the archipelago’s culture. The artwork makes use of bamboo, one of the main materials used to build furniture and homes, and the colours reflect the vibrant pluralistic society of nusantara.