Goa will host India’s first art-and- science convergence in the form of a festival that will witness a confluence of scientists and artists from around the world on a single platform. The festival ‘The Story of Light’ will see a diverse mix of artists who will explore numerous facets of light through workshops, installations and performances.”We believe ‘The Story of Light’ will be a truly unique festival as it showcases light across disciplines. Bringing together scientists and artists in an interesting, collaborative manner, it is one of its kind on the IYL (International Year of Light) calendar,” Chairman, IYL 2015 Steering Committee, John Dudley said. The festival is organised in partnership with Corporation of the City of Panjim and has been conceptualised under the aegis of International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, 2015 (IYL 2015).IYL 2015 is a project of United Nations that aims to raise awareness about the breakthroughs in light science, its applications and its importance to humankind. “The Story of Light is the first art and science convergence in the form of a festival in India,” said Dudley.He said artists and scientists from around the world will converge in Goa and put up installations in public spaces keeping in mind the local context.”The festival promises to be a unique social and interactive platform for scientific learning and appreciation of arts… an event where scientists, artists, educators collaborate for the benefit of public, seamlessly integrating into the vision for Panjim city,” Commissioner, Corporation of the City of Panaji, Sanjit Rodrigues said.The festival will transform the two-kilometre stretch along the stunning river Mandovi and its nearby historic locations and gardens into a creative, entertaining and educational space, he said. Visual plays, dance performances, installations with light and colour, photography workshops, and live projections, will be held during the festival.Alumni of Harvard and New York University, Jaden Hastings, and, Melanie King, from UK will put up an installation which will harness sun’s energy and material connection to the broader universe as the inspiration to create the world’s largest cyanotype in the waters of Miramar beach. A cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.Mumbai-based artist Arjun Rathi will explore the intersections of geometrical forms associated with each chakra of the human body to create installations of light, while Alejandro Borsani from Argentina will give visual proof of the existence of the sub atomic world through his installation.Goa’s very own noted artist Subodh Kerkar will be a part of the festival and will present his installation ‘Many Colours, One World’, Rodrigues said. A call for proposal to the festival’s curators, artists, scientists and educators opened on the website in July 2014 for light-inspired projects, he added.The curators have selected 45 projects out of the 130 proposals received from various parts of India and world including Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, UK, and US.
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