Starlight Alchemy was invited by television producers to collaborate with famed photographer, Benjamin von Wong for the finale episode of the season. We create a stunning series of fiery photos for the season’s finalists.
For more information about Benjamin von Wong, please visit his website: http://www.vonwong.com
The Arabic weavers’ of the 13 century used the “Macrame” traditional form of textile-making fabric using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Starlight Alchemy combines fibre optic technology and the ancient art of macrame to make an installation piece for Night Lights. Previously having used the same technique to make a performance tool, They have expanded the performance tool into an installation under the arches of the Museum.
Alchemy a simple tale of two elemental beings – Apollo, from the world of Ethereal Light and Nuri, from the world of Eternal Flame, who discover each other. These Light and Flame worlds serve as the inspiration for Alchemy, a fire and LED light installation, set aglow at the front lawn of the Singapore Art Museum. Alchemy is a work that signals the harmonious resolution of differences between entities that seem distinct on the outside, but can only exist in the presence of each other.
His current experiments include running the Alternative Store, a lifestyle shop, along side Going OM, a chill-out café & bar, and Starlight Alchemy. You may sometimes catch him gleefully observing people bewildered at fast-moving colourful lights or gasping at the sight of huge fire balls! He plays poi and breaths fire.
Her passion for dance was fused together with blinky lights and sizzling fire after watching fire dancing in 2002, leading to the present day quirky, entertaining, sensuous performer. She plays with palm torches, fire belt, fans, staff and any other toys that go VOOM! Other skills include hosting events and inhaling caffeine.
He challenges and motivates the group, while sacrificing his house and his shop as Starlight Alchemy’s HQ. During the week, Johari is one of Singapore’s most illustrious perfumer who runs Sifr Aromatics.
A grease monkey that spends his days repairing military vehicles. Khaliq transforms when night begins, and brightens up the night with his skilful poi moves. He is also our go-to handy man, who enjoys assembling and building artworks for Starlight Alchemy.
On the path to becoming a full-fledged costume designer, Lizzie loves experimenting with fabrics and pattern making while spending countless hours hiding in her sewing room, drinking copious amounts of coffee. Lizzie performs with levitation wand, hula hoop, poi, fans and swords. When Lizzie is not performing, she holds a weekly hula-hoop workshops, Hoop Flow Sessions.
She began training intensively in L-shaped acrobatics (acroyoga) in 2012, and now performs and teaches regularly. She also plays poi and hoop. Sophia lives for literature, glitter and rainbows, and is on a mission to hug all the alpacas she can find.
Tobias has been heavily involved in flow arts since 2004. After exploring various paths like Poi, Staff and Contact Juggling, he now specialises in partner acrobatics with Sophia. He is fascinated with mixing various creative strands to assemble unique displays of motion, strength and grace through acrobatic yoga. When he’s not running a whole house filled with random hippies, he organises weekly acrobatic yoga sessions for the local community, Acroyoga Singapore.
Directed/Edited: Karen Ng
DOP: Senthil Nathan / t-eight
To find out more about Senthil Nathan’s work at t-eight, please visit his website www.t-eight.com..
Deep within :Helix, our dreams lie dormant.
Inspired by the genetic instructions that govern all biological life, :Helix invites active participation, through music and motion capture. Participants rediscover themselves by making :Helix an extension of their inner selves.
Blending both Art and Science, :Helix consists of 35 polycarbonate tubes fitted with a sequence of programmable LED lights. These lights dance are triggered by participants through motion capture and form complex patterns of vibrant colour along the entire length of :Helix. :Helix is arranged along a flexible core, enabling it to twist and turn, creating an almost organic movement that plays along with the brilliant display on its body. :Helix is a mirror into our genetic memories, which reminds us that we each have an ability to dream further than what we were made to do.
Original concept by Max Pagel. Built by Starlight Alchemy. Programming by Max Pagel.
What do you get when you put Starlight Alchemy together with famous photographer Benjamin von Wong? Fire and passion. That’s what. ENJOY!