After Light

The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
Carl Jung

Hindu temples, flaming money and the faces of humanity make up some of the content for this multi screen projection filmed on location in Singapore and New Zealand. The work is a continuation of our process combining location based narrative, remix aesthetic, and shipping containers. From creation myths to flashing neon tubes, the role of light can be conceived as a symbol of progress or an ancient way of communicating with the spirit world, After Light explores how it continues to inspire and influence people.

The headline installation at the Singaporean Marina Bay iLight festival in 2012 the final work was presented across 27 containers and 14 screens. The structure also included four art installation spaces by local and New Zealand artists Interrupt.

CHAPTER 1: DIVINE LIGHT

Incorporating Hindu, Muslim and Taoist prayer ceremonies, this chapter looks at the way in which light is used as a connection to the spiritual plane. We journey from the candles and feverish chanting of the famous Kali Temple in Singapore’s Little India to the more subdued muslim prayer of 3000 men in the Sultan Mosque. The final scene takes the viewer inside a private Taoist good luck ceremony incorporating eight monks and the burning of Chinese money. The accompanying soundtrack is made up of over three hundred people chanting inside the small temple around the time of Chinese New Year.

CHAPTER 2: INDUSTRIAL LIGHT

A look at the way in which the man made light of the city pervades the night time air. Set to a fast paced glitchy soundtrack, the work is a universal look at how the neon lights of the city infiltrate us all. This section opens with rapid time-lapse of Singapore city at night and bounces around many different screens. Skyscrapers, LED mall signage and  other light textures of the city form the textural palette.

CHAPTER 3: HUMAN LIGHT

Based on the universal Yogic concept that light as spirit is common to all humanity Human Light celebrates the spark of the divine in us all. A powerfully simple but visually striking concept, set to a contemplative soundtrack.

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Credits

Director – Robert Appierdo
Concept – Jess Feast
Producer – Mark Westerby
Cinematographer – Marty WIlliams
Audio – Andy Hummel
Editor – Hamish Waterhouse
AV Tech – Interrupt / Stu Foster & Johann Nortje
Production – Manager Mary Laine
Graphic Design – Matt Gleeson

Cut at Orchard Studios, Wellington, New Zealand
Dedicated to Gino Appierdo