Voyage Night Festival 2011 (Part II)

Last week is my revisit to Voyage Night Festival 2011, and the end of the 2 weeks long night festival. Went back to check out some of the galleries I’ve missed out. Some of the indoor exhibitions are no longer there anymore. More importantly, we have a different group of outdoor performances ready for the night.

The highlight of the night would be Lyrical Perspective light projection on SAM facade by 1024 architecture. Through just light, shadows, precision and music, SAM facade comes alive for the night.

IMG_4679Lyrical Perspecive

You probably get the story of light transformations if you stay through from the beginning to the end. After the short installation performance, audiences are also invited to interact and make changes to the light if you speak into a mic. Love the human interaction. I’m sure those who participate enjoyed!

IMG_4697Audience speaks into a microphone to manipulate the light display

IMG_4698Projection of audience’s voice in the form of light

Voyage Night Festival 2011

This is my first time visiting museums at night. This year is different because the event festival will last for two weeks, from 26th August to 3rd September 2011. Different performances will be scheduled on 2 weekends. Do download a copy of the programme guide from National Museum of Singapore if you do not wish to miss out any good shows.

Exhibitions at SAM are much light hearted and colourful. You will first be greeted by several Volvo cars at the front lawn of SAM, flashing rhythmic lights through the frosted windows. It’s a pity sound design has not been considered. It would be a great medium to use with light.

Curiosities are glowing jellyfish light installations floating around 2 sides of SAM courtyard. These jellyfishes are relatively big and fascinating against the dark sky. Definitely a great spot to take a photo with.

IMG_1345Curiosities, Courtyard at SAM

I would recommend SAM for kids as there are galleries and activities suitable for them to participate in.

Walking over, to National Museum of Singapore, you will first see 12 large bright helium balloons when you enter the Rotunda. Artist tries to address her dilemma in search for her identity in foreign land. Did you read that? Probably take a closer look at the facial expressions of the gloomy brown figurines juxtaposing against carefree balloons.

IMG_1382A Dozen of Those, Rotunda at NMS

If you are a photography lover, you must visit Abbas, 45 Years in Photography exhibition located at National Museum of Singapore’s basement Gallery 2. These black and white photography are curated with concerning themes such as wars, countries, day-to-day life and religion. Every picture you see makes you ponder what kind of life these people are living in, what are their stories, what exactly happen back then. This exhibition shall be ongoing till 18th September 2011 (Sunday).

I ended my visit of the night with Corazon de Angeles in Paradise performance, in front of National Museum, and also the highlight of the night. Roads are blocked for audience to stream into the temporary open space. This Belgian theatre company brings the emotion to the peak with their singing, acting, video screening, dance, theatrical props and lights, all performed LIVE. A full 45 minutes experience which transport you to their cinematic world.

IMG_1478Corazon de Angeles in Paradise, Entrance of NMS

IMG_1499Corazon de Angeles in Paradise, Acrobatics

IMG_1479Corazon de Angeles in Paradise, Singer

Note: Within the month of August 2011, admissions to most museums are free. But late night free admission is only applicable to National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q on 26 August (Fri), 27 August (Sat), 2 September (Fri), 3 September 2011 (Sat), from 6pm to 2am. The Peranakan Museum and The Substation will only open till 2am on 26 August (Fri) and 27 August 2011 (Sat).

Strange Circus

Through my classmate’s recommendation, a few of us gathered at National Museum to watch a Japanese horror film, Strange Circus. This is part of the Japanese Film Festival 2009 which lasted for a week. This year, the organiser handpicked several horror, mystery and supernatural Janapnese movies for this festival. Altogether 12 movies are screened throughout the week and the one i caught is the last movie of this festival.

Some of you may have heard of Sion Sono’s Suicide Circle. Strange Circus is also directed by the same director. The plot goes like this: School principal Ozawa Gozo rapes his daughter, Mitsuko, after she sees her parents having sex. Her mother Sayuri witnesses the rape. Gozo now rapes both of them as he pleases, while his family is undermined by incest, suicide, and murder… such is the erotic novel wheel-bound novelist Taeko sets on to write. She is assisted by Yuji, a young man who is actually on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, of Taeko’s past, and of the locked room in her apartment. But the reality and truth beneath the Grand Guignol nightmares Taeko creates might be too much to bear.

The movie is not gore nor mind torturing. But there is a lot of poetic representations in narrating the inner thoughts and reality. It is confusing I admit. Even when the truth is revealed at the end, I don’t quite know which to believe in. As usual, sex scenes are a must in Japanese films, so does this film. The only thing that continue to stay in my mind is the circus music. Very poetic, very nice.

Japanese Film Festival 2009 - Strange Circus - TicketThanks Shu Hui for Making a Trip to Purchase Them

Japanese Film Festival 2009 - Strange Circus - PosterPoster

I think we can visit National Museum every now and then. They really have something unique in plan all year. The next one i want to go is a Glass Percussion.