Explore: iLight Marina Bay 2017

Travelled downtown on a Friday night to check out the iLight installations and carnivals at Marina Bay. Here are some works (sorry about the quality) that I found relatable to what we are working on:

  • Northern Light by Aleksandra Stratimirovic (Sweden)
    Location: Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, along Marina Boulevard
Source: iLight Marina Bay

100 LED lights hung across the Marina Bay skyline emulates the natural light phenomenon of aurora borealis. Direction of light flow interacts with the human movements.

  • Very Glowing Exhibition – Very Glowing River by Lee Wei Lieh, Amelia Lee and Jeffrey Lim (Singapore)
Source: iLight Marina Bay

Lit with UV lights, the glowing pebbles illustrates the moving flow of river that is free to roam about and interact for the children.

  • Horizontal Interference by Katarzyna Malejka & Joachim Slugocki (Poland)
    Location: Mist Walk
Source: iLight Marina Bay

Held by the trees, the cords jump in cohesion with the wind, creating a colourful rays of illumination. It is definitely one of my favourite installation.

  • Social Sparkles by Toer Studio (the Netherlands)
    Location: Mist Walk
Source: iLight Marina Bay

Sensor buds are activated by when someone stands or walks under them. The lighted spinning buds are especially amongst children!

Seeing how all these installations became everyone’s favourite shot on Instagram recently, I can see how some of our works on the Nexus wall to be a great step to start creating our own digital wall installations someday (maybe?)!



Prototype #02: Still Composition Study

The first prototype was rather messy as I was totally clueless to what can be created with my limited amateur knowledge in motion graphics. It was frustrating to end up with two different directions – from abstract to neon typography when there are so many things I want to explore!

Due to time limitation, I’m stuck with ideas (that I envisioned) that are kind of impossible to execute. I decided to go back to start afresh by creating key compositions on Photoshop.

Anchored by the theme of mystical illusion of space, I continue to use neon glow (truly in love with it) to accentuate the colours. Here the shapes are layered and aligned to emulate 3-dimensional forms. The challenge was to make relations of these independent compositions with movements and transitions.

Research and References

Some inspirations I’ve found, while on the other hand, finding the right song piece:






Prototype #01

The first prototype is to test the movement of abstract lines and use of words. It was to create 3-dimensional space using simple white strokes of lines against the black background.

A very simple animation was done in week 5 since the theme was still undecided. Composition mainly uses vertical lines and radial rings of circles, in symmetrical harmony.

While looking for more inspirations, I was attracted to neon light signs. Without movement, its flickers and glow have made its presence significant in the darkness. A silhouette of letter is made out of simple lines and curves. It can easily create a certain mood from what we are familiar with – street signs that represented the vibrant city nightlife. Prosperous, lavish or even lonely. I find neon light a powerful tool to tell story.

First prototype was rather scattered with different concepts:

00:00-00.12 | syncing entrance of each stroke of lines according to the music.

Feedback: stops at an awkward position, could have ultilized the remaining space on the right.

00:15-00:21 | flashing of words across the screen. Neon light effect

Feedback: speed of movement too fast to read the words, would look better if font size is big enough to fill up the height of screen.

00:22-00:33 | moiré effect with vertical moving lines

Feedback: calming to watch (very positive :D)

00:36-00:40 | horizontal lines shooting across horizontally

Feedback: abstract, gives a sense of movement (yess)

00:44-00:47 | ‘Media Art Nexus’ neon sign

Feedback: generally positive

+ Sudden flashes of white on the screen are painful to watch (sorry passerby).

Here’s how it looks like on the wall!

Interaction with Environment

The first screening has proved that a simple abstract play of lines can look impressive on the huge nexus wall! Since the walkway has no addition lights on the ceiling at all, nexus wall is the only light source to bring this dark space to life – use of colours on the screen is very important to create mood. I find the reflection on the floor fascinating – direct consequential reflection on the ground could be part of design?

Moving on to second prototype

Ina has suggested to study neon light artist, Dan Flavin, who uses neon lights of different colours to suggest depth and movement.

It is a tough decision between going abstract or using neon-lighted typography. Ina recommended me to use poem or song lyrics (like a jukebox machine) if I were to go for the latter option. However, interpretation of words can be subjective and therefore misleading to individual’s understanding. It can be restricting as to what I can do with the visual reference too.

I’ve decided to play abstract with more possibilities to venture in. The mood to go for is mysterious and obscure, traveling viewers into an alternative reality within the few seconds passing by the walkway. This prototype will hopefully be more or less be the finalized version!!