i Light Marina Bay 2016Curation
2016 / Marina Bay, Singapore / Urban Redevelopment Authority
i Light Marina Bay is Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival. Helmed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and held around Singapore’s renowned Marina Bay, Zarch Collaboratives assumed creative directorship for the 2016 edition, curating a list of artwork from local artists and artists across the globe to showcase in the heart of Singapore.
The theme for 2016 was ‘In Praise of Shadows’, inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki’s seminal essay of the same title. The theme challenges the obsession that ‘brighter is better’, and seeks to reframe perceptions of light and sustainability. Reflecting an appreciation of the nuances, layers, shades of light, and the shadows which lend light its canvas, the theme invites artists and visitors to re-imagine and reconsider sustainability issues in a new light, and to contemplate upon larger issues of light, beauty and the city in relation to the bigger community.