Following the success of the inaugural Spier Light Art Festival, the historic Stellenbosch wine farm will present a second edition from 6 December 2019 to 19 January 2020.
The first edition of the festival took place over Dec 2018 / Jan 2019, lighting Spier up with an array of artworks incorporating light and sound. More than 10 000 people viewed the 18 artworks, ranging from interactive installations to pieces that invited the visitor to pause and reflect.
Light art installations are intractable and mercurial by nature. Transcending the confines of their materiality, light artworks are also defined by what they illuminate or hide” reflect the festival’s curators, Jay Pather, and Vaughn Sadie. “These experiences – of walking and pausing, catching a glimpse or settling down to absorb – invited introspection, adventure, and playfulness. Scattered across the Spier estate, each work offered an opportunity to experience the complex, multi-hued, multi-faceted texture of our environment and ourselves.”
The Sunday Times Neighbourhood supplement wrote about the previous Spier Light Art Festival: “Far from your average colorful and flashing Christmas light show, the Spier Light Art Fest is an emotional and even physical affair, but always amazes… you won’t be disappointed.”
Call for expression of interest
Designers, architects, light and sound artists – as well as students and institutions – are invited to submit expressions of interest for projects that are engaging to all age groups. Applicants are encouraged to keep the youth in mind; this does not mean that serious issues cannot be presented, but merely that content is exhibited in a way that is engaging to young minds. The focus will be on proposals incorporating a sense of discovery and interactive play for children and adults alike.
Expressions of interest can respond to either of the two broad themes:
- The whimsical/ethereal: works can reflect a light-hearted engagement with one of the multiple sites with a possible focus on interaction and audience experience.
- The conceptual: works can reflect and integrate more topical conceptual interests that frame our current socio-political landscape. Works could also reflect on our shifting relationship to technology and its disruptive influence.