2015 was my first White Night. It was a steaming hot night and I was blown away by the heady experience of truly amazing art, massive happy friendly crowds and the marathon effort to try and take in as much as possible before the sun rose again. This year I really wanted to take my family, so had thought that we would just be there for a few hours. A few hours turned out to be seven with the kids heading home around 1.30 am. They had had an absolutely brilliant time. Traipsing the streets, a gaggle of tweens with arms locked together thoroughly enjoying the art and adventure. After sending them home, a friend and I soldiered on… there were still important experiences to be had before the night could wane.
Personally I wanted to see The Dresses.
Here is the artist’s statement taken from the White Night website.
“French artist Tae Gon Kim’s ethereal work, The Dresses shapes hundreds of fibre-optic strands into the form of three beautiful and extravagant gowns suspended in darkness – apparitions, shimmering from the realms of fantasy. Slowly the illuminated optical fibre in each dress changes colour, symbolising its history and transformation over time. Each of the dresses weaves its own story of relationships, love and intimacy – inviting adoration and adornment alongside immersion and transformation.”
Human beings wear clothes, and these clothes are imbued with a sense of the physical body but also the spirit of the person even once the clothes remain and the person has moved on. The light in these dress forms also gave me a sense of being a network of blood and veins. The changing colours being reminiscent of the changes in physical character of an individual over time. These veins were like the skeleton, left behind after the passing of the creature. Speaking to us of the life that once was, now passed.
Well worth missing out on that extra hour of sleep.
Looking forward to White Night 2017. C U There.
Here are some further extracts from the White Night website regarding the festival and the artist. For more information visit the White Night Website.
Tae Gon Kim is an artist from South Korea who lives in Strasbourg, France. A draughtsman and a designer. Tae Gon Kim translates emotions into technical statements”
“White Night (Nuit Blanche) was originally conceived in Paris in 2002. Since its inception Nuit Blanche has inspired an international network of White Night events in more than 20 cities around the world, creating a tailored event that reflects the city’s distinct passions and characteristics.”