January 12, 2015

The Story of Light Festival

By Anusha Narayanan

“Life as we know it, began with Light” says the opening line on The Story of Light Festival website.

The Story of Light Festival, which will be held in Panjim, Goa from 14 – 18 Jan 2015, is one of a series of events happening across the globe, in response to the UN declaration of 2015 as the International Year of Light. The Story of Light Festival brings together scientists, artists, philosophers and designers from around the world, who will together attempt to unravel the mysterious ways of light, through installations, workshops and performances right on the street.

“So, what is this fluid, visible, untouchable energy called Light and how do we celebrate it?, we wondered. Perhaps, the video explains it better…

The festival announced a call for artists and scientists to engage with and respond to the theme a few months ago, which received close to 200 entries from across the globe. Of these, the organisers and the curators shortlisted around 45 entries which will be a part of the festival. Some of these were “artist residencies in dialogue with scientists” which started a month prior to the festival itself. The event will also see the participation of student groups from the Exhibition Design and New Media department of NID and the Centre for Media and Experimental Arts from Srishti.



One of the most interesting features of the festival is the Story Promenade by the waterfront which will display a curated timeline of scientific developments based on light (theories and inventions), juxtaposing it with “cultural and mythical connotations of light, with the superheroes and Gods of light being spoken of and visually illustrated.” The festival runs along the promenade, which spans a stretch of 2km parallel to the river in the heart of the Panjim, up till Church Square, running through the public squares and gardens that fall on this route.

The talks will see scientists and educators, discussing and debating deeply with philosophers and artists, churning new interpretations, perspectives and dialogues in the story of light, “utilizing the diverse sensibilities of the people present from various backgrounds.” Exploring the play of light and celebrating the theme, installations by designers and artists will also be built at places.

The Story of Light Festival is a not-for-profit initiative and is free for all to attend. To know more, visit their website and Facebook page

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