9 bright and beautiful displays at the Singapore Night Festival

Need some new backdrops for your selfies, wefies, and OOTDs? Check out the light installations in Bras Basah and Bugis over the next week 

Catch these bright and beautiful displays at the Singapore Night Festival
Catch these bright and beautiful displays at the Singapore Night Festival
17 Aug 2017

Catch these bright and beautiful displays at the Singapore Night Festival

Another week, another outdoor festival – in between iLight Marina Bay, the Civic District Outdoor Festival, and the Singapore Night Festival (opening tomorrow, and celebrating its tenth anniversary), city light-ups are becoming an integral part of local nightlife. The Singapore Night Festival, which initially started as an initiative to enliven the Bras Basagh-Bugis precinct, began with six festival partners in 2008 and now features 73 partners, 70 programmes, and 65 local and international artistes, spread across five zones.

Sound like a lot? You can start by checking out the Night Lights installations, which open tomorrow. Unlike in previous years, this year’s outdoor performances will begin only during the second week of the festival (24 August to be exact), meaning you’ll have more time to check out the lights and the other festival offerings before the crowds come in.

Here are the light displays you’ll want to see -- the earlier you visit, the less likely you are to get photobombed.

The Singapore Night Festival runs from 18 – 26 August 2017, 7:30 pm – 12 am
See the full lineup of attractions and events at the Singapore Night Festival here

Convolutions
Convolutions
17 Aug 2017

Convolutions

Artist: EZ3kiel (France)
Location: National Museum of Singapore façade

As if the National Museum didn’t look majestic enough already, Convolutions’ combination of projection, lights, lasers, and music is so thrilling, you’ll want to watch it twice. Just remember to pause a while from Snapchat and Instagram to enjoy the spectacle in all its 3-D glory. 

Nostos: Records of the Self
Nostos: Records of the Self
17 Aug 2017

Nostos: Records of the Self

Artist: Aesop (Singapore)
Location: National Museum of Singapore, Gallery10

Amidst all the lights and sounds, Aesop offers an aromatic experience in its Nostos installation, which is filled with scents designed to trigger nostalgia – or perhaps, thanks to the dim lighting and puffs of bergamot, trigger an urge to visit the spa.

10am – 12am 

The Tree That Blinked
The Tree That Blinked
17 Aug 2017

The Tree That Blinked

Artist: Karel Bata (United Kingdom)
Location: Banyan Tree outside the National Museum of Singapore

Believe it or not, no leaves were trimmed or painted to accommodate this ghostly display. A bit of clever projection-mapping, along with the effects of a summer breeze, lend to the illusion of sentience.  

Tessellations of Time
Tessellations of Time
17 Aug 2017

Tessellations of Time

Artist: LightWerkz x 3M (Singapore)
Location: National Museum of Singapore, Main Ground

These colourful pods, illuminated by fluctuating lights, are perfect for staging ~artsy~ poses. 

Les Hommes Debout (The Standing Men)
Les Hommes Debout (The Standing Men)
17 Aug 2017

Les Hommes Debout (The Standing Men)

Artist: AADN (France)
Location: Singapore Art Museum

These glowing, lifelike figurines not only light up, but they can “talk” using voice recordings of Bras Basah-Bugis inhabitants. They’re also interactive and will change colour or emit noises when you get near them.

7:30 pm – 12 am

The Flower of Life and the Infinite Self
The Flower of Life and the Infinite Self
17 Aug 2017

The Flower of Life and the Infinite Self

Artist: Stralight Alchemy (Singapore)
Location: Stamford Green

Need some time to meditate over life, identity, and the human psyche? Step within this geodesic dome, and you’ll be greeted by blinking lights and convex mirrors – hence the “infinite self”. Or, if you’re not feeling particularly pensive, you can always use it as a backdrop for infinite selfies. 

Dream City Window
Dream City Window
17 Aug 2017

Dream City Window

Artist: Untitled Project (Singapore)
Location: SMU School of Information Systems

Walk, dance, or jump up and down in front of Dream City Window, and you’ll be delighted to see the visuals respond in kind. Not a bad way to pass the time while you’re waiting to cross the street. 

The Blinking Organisms – You SPLEEN Me Round
The Blinking Organisms – You SPLEEN Me Round
17 Aug 2017

The Blinking Organisms – You SPLEEN Me Round

Artist: Joo Choon Lin (Singapore)
Location: SMU School of Accountancy

We never imagined we’d see a piece of art inspired by the human spleen, but there you have it: artistic absurdity at its finest. Try not to bump into the performers with inflatable wings as they skate between the sculptures. 

Photo: Courtesy of Joo Choon Lin 

Phosphene
Phosphene
17 Aug 2017

Phosphene

Artist: Praxis+ (Singapore)
Location: National Design Centre, Design Gallery

As one of the Night Festivals more hidden attractions, this twinkling, colour-changing tunnel feels oddly intimate, even romantic. 

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