06 August 2010

the night festival

there are times when i just want to take a break and treat my senses to some art. you know, walk around the museum, look at paintings. i don't really do deep thinking and try to understand what a painting is all about, or try to determine if it's abstract, modern or whatever category it falls under (because i wouldn't really know). i just like looking at pretty pictures and stare at them for a while.

in singapore, the focus is mostly on works by asian artists. no picassos or van gogh's here. when museums mount exhibits of pieces they borrow from the louvre, greece or egypt, you usually have to pay for entry. that's why one of the events i look forward to is the night festival. once a year, all museums in singapore (yes, even the philatelic museum - that's a museum for postage stamps) are open until two am, and people can go in and look at various exhibits for free. there are lots of activities, so it's more interactive.

this year was no different. there was the "slowest sms billboard".

this is how you get messages up there.

and i got to watch graffiti artists at work.

one of their finished pieces.

strange and beautiful paintings, like rabbits and nudes...

clowns and fruits..

there were some outdoor performances too. unfortunately, i didn't understand what they were about.

but i'm sorry, but what's a muay thai match doing in an art fest?

the highlight of the night fest is usually the large installation at the front lawn of the national museum. two years ago, there were floating dancers. that was awesome.

this year, it was kinda boring. for the first five minutes, the discs were just moving around with different light patterns. then there was music played supposedly synchronized to the movement of each disc. we left after about ten minutes. hindi ko gets!

but it was a good experience altogether. i hope next year they make the programs and exhibits more interesting. may i suggest borrowing some pieces from the louvre again?

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