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Explore the night, in a high-tech light show
From:Shanghai Daily  |  2019-12-02 08:29

An art festival featuring a high-tech lighting show and cultural events was launched at the historical Sinan Mansions over the weekend as part of the effort to boost the city’s nightlife economy.

The SINAN Modern Age Season IV, themed on “Exploring the Modern Future,” invites the public to explore the future boundaries of art at the mansions and to experience the future functions of urban public spaces, according to the organizer.

The event will take a further step to look into the relationships between the modern city of Shanghai, public art and its citizens while exploring lifestyles of future cities, the organizer said.

As a highlight, the interactive Sinan Lighting Art Exhibition will illuminate the historical villas of the mansions in downtown Huangpu District every night through January 12.

Ten teams of light and shadow artists from across the world created 10 new media art installations. They include two sets of world-class artworks making their debut in Asia. Another four installations were customized for the public space at the mansions.

An installation named “BUBBLE MAGICIAN” at the Meditation Square is created by China’s new prominent lighting artists Liu Yang and Yang Lu. Many bubbles will be illuminated when visitors blow air toward the installation.

“Shrooms” from Australian artist Simone Chua and “MOON” by Daniel Iregui from Canada made their Asian debut on the festival.

The installation “MOON” depicts the surface of the moon with smoke and lights. When the audience enter the space of this work, they will hear the sounds collected by astronauts from the moon.

The festival this year also features a restored old Western-style restaurant in Shanghai, where diners can experience the classic dishes such as borscht, fried pork chop, malted milk and cream cake. The dishes combining Western and local flavors were popular among locals about a century ago.

Another attraction, the “Sinan Living Room” displays the history and stories behind the mansions with interactive events such as a photo workshop.

The mansions, the only wholly preserved historical garden villa complex downtown, include over 50 historic villas in various styles. Many were former residences of celebrities such as poet Liu Yazi (1887-1958) and Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang (1894-1961).

Some of these spaces have been converted into hotels, cafes, restaurants and shops.