See Art In A Whole New Light
Now in its fourth year, Art in the Dark is set to
illuminate from Nov 7, transforming Auckland's Western Park
into a bustling hub under the bright lights.
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See Art In A Whole New Light
ART IN THE DARK 2013
7-9 November 2013
Set to illuminate installations and urban spaces for the Auckland public, Art in the Dark returns for its fourth year from November 7th, transforming Western Park into a bustling hub under the bright lights.
Held over three nights, Art in the Dark challenges artists both in New Zealand and abroad to create projects that not only fit the aesthetics of outdoor urban areas but that most also illuminate the dark using sustainable materials and energy wherever possible.
Over 40 artworks will light up even the darkest nooks and crannies of Ponsonby’s own green valley, as the free event becomes a platform for bright minds to show off their talents and show the incredible glow of ingenuity this event has brought to the city.
Having started in 2010, Art in the Dark has grown into Auckland’s premiere light festival, with 2012 seeing over 40,000 people attending, witnessing over thirty light installations – with projections, performances and large scale immersive experiences from some of the most innovative creators the public will have a chance to see.
This year the programme demonstrates just how far it’s come with an incredible calibre of artists involved: Creature and Flox collaborate to bring an interactive piece, Flight of Fancy, which will allow audiences to bring a ‘static’ installation to life. Wellington’s Darklit Design create Tracing Transcience, a light sculpture that explores how the shift from light of day to night creates an absence of detail for those passing through the environs.
Art in the Dark also brings from Australia Experience Workshop, who present their work Screaming Rapture. A full body experience, a cleansing of the palette and one hell of a public spectacle, as someone shouts a radiant light escapes, flashing rapidly across viewers. Pulsating luminous patterns set off murmurs in the crowd and as they begin to speak quietly, the fluttering grows, eliciting shouts and noise until wave upon wave of light splashes out across the audience.
In keeping with the idea of
sustainability, Art in the Dark will once again run an
environmental education schools programme, headed up by
Sustainable Coastlines and Alex Bartleet. New Light
will be formed by joining together different artworks from
local schools each having been created from litter collected
during a beach cleanup on Rangitoto. The mystery creature
will all be revealed on opening night of the
“This delightful event, which came out of nowhere three years ago, turns art viewing into an adventure sport in the otherwise under-used park.” - Janet Mcalister, NZ Herald, 17 Nov 2012
For more information visit www.artinthedark.co.nz
ART IN THE DARK takes place
7- 9 November, Western Park, Ponsonby Road, Auckland
8pm - midnight