ICC Light and Music Show presents Kaleidoscope in the Sky
showing great works by international light art master and CityU Open Sky Campus artists
The ICC Light and Music Show presented by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) will feature a light installation by world-renowned artist Tatsuo Miyajima on the facades of International Commerce Centre (ICC) this spring in its third collaboration with Art Basel. The spectacular, entitled Time Waterfall, will be the latest in ICC’s programme of putting impressive light art on public display, showing spectators the meaning of life in an exceptional artistic experience through a sky-high kaleidoscope.
Art Basel presents Time Waterfall by Tatsuo Miyajima
ICC and Art Basel have again collaborated by commissioning internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima to create a large light installation called Time Waterfall. The artwork will be presented from 21 to 26 March and from 1 to 30 April on the facades of ICC.
Time Waterfall is about the eternal luminance of human life culminating in the idea of ‘living in the present’. The piece has the digits one to nine in varying sizes cascading down the ICC facades at different speeds, creating various layers to represent the trajectories of individual lives. The continuous counting is a symbol of life, while the extinction of light a metaphor for dissipation. Zero is deliberately omitted to allude to the Buddhist concept of Sunya, which means the void or non-existence.
Tatsuo Miyajima is known for his light installations that use LEDs of numerals flashing in cycles. His works have been displayed at venues including the Lisson Gallery in Milan Italy, SCAI The Bathhouse in Tokyo Japan and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing China.
Eight works from CityU School of Creative Media Open Sky Campus on show
The ICC Light and Music Show is also working with the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) on the Open Sky Campus project that began a year and a half ago. Students in the school’s Interactive and Urban Media master programme were invited to submit light and music animations from one to five minutes for display and eight were recently selected by ICC and school representatives. They are being shown on specified days on the facades of ICC; four at a time in two sessions.
Viewers can enjoy the animations from both sides of Victoria Harbour and hear the music in sync with the performance by downloading the ICC Light and Music Show smartphone app. The app also provides synopses of the animations along with an introduction to the artists.
Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency Retail Marketing and Customer Relations General Manager Cris Fung said: “This is the third instalment of the Open Sky Campus initiated by ICC and the CityU School of Creative Media. The twelve works selected for the last two instalments were well received, which helped motivate more students to unleash their creativity. ICC will continue being a platform for public art with various projects so more artists can present their work on the facades of Hong Kong’s tallest building.”
About the ICC Light and Music Show
The ICC Light and Music Show on Hong Kong’s tallest building combines music and animated stories using an advanced computer programme that controls the LEDs on the building facades to create images and produce extravaganzas of music and animation. The best places for viewing the Show are the P3 and P4 public terraces of IFC Mall in Central, which have advanced audio equipment broadcasting the music in sync with the show. Viewers can also download the ICC Light and Music Show smartphone app to listen while watching from the shores of Victoria Harbour. (Note: Time Waterfall, a light installation exploring the meaning of life, has no synchronized soundtrack)
About Art Basel
Art Basel’s fourth show in Hong Kong will showcase 239 premier galleries, drawn from 35 countries and territories, presenting works of the highest quality, ranging from those of the Modern period of the early 20th century to works by the most contemporary artists of today. Art Basel will be a showcase for art from the region of Asia and Asia-Pacific, where half of its galleries have exhibition spaces. The Hong Kong show will once again present Film sector, curated by Li Zhenhua. The Short Film Program consists of a total of 67 short films exploring six diverse themes, which will be screened at the agnès b. Cinema at Hong Kong Arts Centre; the program will also include for the first time five feature-length films, which will be screened at Theatre 2 within the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Alexie Glass-Kantor returns to curate the Encounters sector presenting 16 large-scale sculptural installations. Art Basel’s Hong Kong show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will be open to the public from Thursday, March 24, to Saturday, March 26, 2016.