Spier presents its first Light Art Festival from now until 31 January 2019. Each night, this historic wine farm in Stellenbosch will light up with an array of artworks incorporating light and sound.
“Some of the works are whimsical and flitting, ironic; some may be glimpsed at from a distance and in passing, some will require more time and interaction,” curator Jay Pather explains. “These experiences – of walking and pausing, catching a glimpse or settling down to absorb – invite us to be introspective, adventurous and playful in turn.”
A key work on display is In die sterre geskryf (“Written in the stars”) by Berco Wilsenach, produced in 2009 as part of a body of work called Project for the Blind Astronomer – an artistic investigation into different decoding systems with which our visible night sky can be mapped and explained to a visually impaired audience. The panels are lit from within, creating an effect of thousands of dots floating in midair. This creates an experience of endless space and an infinitive number of dots reflecting within each of the panels. This is the first time In die sterre geskryf will be exhibited outside, drawing upon the real stars above for an even more immersive artistic experience.
Arrive early, and enjoy a light dinner before the lights go on:
• Pre-book a ready-made picnic hamper, ready for collection between 17.00 – 19.00 from the Spier Farm Kitchen,
• You can also create your own picnic from a selection of cold cuts, cheeses, salads, breads, pâté and dips from the Spier Farm Kitchen,
• Settle in for a farm-to-table feast at Eight Restaurant,
• Alternatively, Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery will be serving up ‘low and slow-smoked’ meats.
Lights switch on at 20:30
About the curator Jay Pather
Jay Pather is Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town where he directs the Institute for Creative Arts. He curates Infecting the City and the ICA Live Art Festival in Cape Town, Afrovibes in the Netherlands, Body, Image, Movement in Madrid and is Adjunct Curator for Performance at the Zeitz MOCAA.
The Spier Light Art Festival is one of Spier’s Growing for Good initiatives, which empower communities to create positive social and environmental change.
For more information or to make a booking, visit www.spier.co.za