Karel Bata’s installation at Singapore Night Festival 2017
Karel Bata, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants, had his work on show at Singapore Night Festival 2017, which ran from the 18th – 26th August 2017. Bata’s installation, named The Tree That Blinked, was a series of digitally manipulated portraits projected into an old Banyan tree in which the artist triggers and explores the mystery and myths that form such a large part of our perception of woodlands.
The work moves and shifts as the leaves are blown in the wind, so facial expressions seem to change too as the faces appear to undergo transformations of age and identity. Blended with real movements in the face videos, and subtle morphs from face to face, this provides a compelling illuison of something alive within the tree, of spirits within. You can watch it here.
Every year the Singapore Night Festival features a theme, and previous editions have showcased international acts such as the spellbinding ‘Gardens of Angels’ by Theater Tol (2015), and the dazzling ‘Fuerzabruta’ by Ozono Producciones (2012), where an aerial dancer sprinkles confetti while gyrating to live music. The signature highlight of the festival surely must be the interactive light installations that turn the facades of the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore into ephemeral works of wonder. Night owls will enjoy the many events held late into the night at cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Singapore Art Museum, The Substation and more.