An international forum on illuminated art featuring specialists of innovative sound-and-light installations, industry representatives, and established curators such as Wu Han-chung (吳漢中), design director of the Romantic Route 3 Arts Festival (浪漫台三線藝術季) on Hakka culture, took place on Feb. 15 at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung.
Hosted by Lin Chi-ming (林志明), the museum's director, the forum saw Jean-François Zurawick, general coordinator for the Festival of Lights in Lyon, Birgit Zander, mastermind behind the Berlin Festival of Lights, and Italian artist Daniel Monteverde, who oversaw Japan's Kobe Luminarie, share their journeys and perspectives on light creation.
Delving into the combinations of tradition and innovation, Zurawick noted that the Festival of Lights in Lyon is similar to the Lantern Festival in Taiwan, as they both have roots in traditional customs. Zander added that she sees light as a powerful medium and that the 3D art projections she used in the German festival help the buildings of Berlin tell local history.
The creators and curators who met in Taichung agreed that the art of light can take a city's night scene to a more poetic level, and that the public development and display of aesthetics should be an indispensable part of cultural strategy.
In addition to the forum, the Taiwan International Light Festival displaying a delicate fusion of light and technology through interactive audiovisual installations is running at the museum through March 1. A collaboration with Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Taiwan Fine Arts Foundation (財團法人臺灣美術基金會), the inaugural festival aims to dispel viewers' old ideas about traditional lighting fixtures.