SPARC International Lighting Event 2011, Guest Blogger
ONG Swee Hong, Singapore, Whenlightswork | ONG&ONG (Lighting Consultancy)
photo taken as the group was on the way to Flying Fish for our dinner (taken by swee hong)
The first day of the sydney trip brought us to the Dynalite factory where we were shown the stringent process of which Dynalite products are being assembled, presented and the methods of how these products can be address to the various scenes or controls will like in spaces. Particularly, I am intrigued by the way design is sometimes inspired by development in other technology, and especially in the era when mobile devices can be a sort-of computing device as well, thus the development of the latest app designed for users to have control over the room or building's various devices by the mere tap of the designated buttons on the app. Nice! Appreciate the overall ideas behind Dynalite's control system, where we are trying to reduce clutter in control devices. But this brings to mind new ideas on how interface can possibly be more appealing to the ordinary home owners, as more have the perception that control systems are expensive and beyond the reach of the everyday man. Yet, I think in the future to come, control systems will be made more accessible - in the area of application, use and design for all! Kudos to the Philips team for organizing the trip as I think these are rare chances when designers are given a closer look at what goes on behind the scene! Thought of sharing the video (which we were shown) with everyone as I think this is a simple, illustrative video that demonstrated the seamless, integrative solution Dynalite has in combination with Philips Lighting system.
retrieved from Youtube - Dynalite video
The Circular Bay walk was enjoyable, where we are pampered by the backdrop of the beautiful Sydney Opera House (dressed in light) with the installations that dotted the Circular Bay. In comparison to I Light Marina Bay, I think the distance and spacing between the installation is better in Sparc Sydney. Some might like the closeness of the installations for I Light Marina Bay, but I do prefer the feeling of chancing upon each light installations, awe and move to the next. Also, I do love the fact that the artists are given a tool for them to play with - in this instance the lighting fixtures sponsored by Philips Lighting, and seeing how everyday materials can be transformed into something different through the use of light. Furthermore, the exchange between Singapore and Sydney is strengthened through the installations of some Singapore artists' works which formed part of the installations along the Circular Bay. Amazing!
facades forming a beautiful backdrop to the installations and the circular bay (taken by swee hong)
Will be back sharing my afterthought of the events, and looking forward to next day's events!
Swee Hong, whenlightswork + ONG&ONG(lighting), Singapore