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THE STORY OF LIGHT FESTIVAL
An intersection of science, culture, and art

Concept Note
February 2014
CONCEPT
Concepts in astrophysics and quantum mechanics are magical. They are as
magical as the human experience of spiritu...
LIGHT & VISION

I SPY WITH MY MAGIC EYE
We see because visible light reflects or shoots
out from surfaces to hit the recep...
LIGHT & NATURE

LIGHTNING LOVE
Do you know why lightning chooses to strike
particular spots on Earth? How does it know whe...
LIGHT, LIFE, & CULTURE

SURYA NAMASKAR
Every wondered why yoga recommends we salute the sun in the
morning? What is it abo...
LIGHT & TECHNOLOGY

DE(CODE)
Our friendly transistor radio got its name from radio
waves – light waves of the lowest frequ...
LIGHT & ENERGY

ELUSIVE ENERGY (E is equal to MCwhat?)

Energy is easily defined in relation to other things such as actio...
LIGHT & THE UNIVERSE

INFINITY
Astronomers study the universe by studying light. This light travels billions and
billions ...
MISSION
The Story of Light was born in a house in Goa, India, by a group of physicists
and artists who realized that they ...
WHY STORIES
When it comes to science, some of us approach it through math and
equations and it makes perfect sense. But so...
WHY LIGHT
Light touches everything. It is the one all-pervasive ‗thing‘ in our observable
universe that all living beings ...
AND WHY A FESTIVAL
There are many creative ways to tell a story.
We talked for days and experimented with some of these wa...
OUR APPROACH
We approach light through art and design.
Physicists and scientists who understand the theoretical concepts w...
CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
Through the different installations and events, here are some of the scientific
concepts that we woul...
WHERE AND WHEN
The festival will run for two weeks in
December 2014-January 2015. The main
venue will be Nashville, a mesm...
MAKING IT HAPPEN
A core team will work with various collaborators through 2014 to shape the
festival. Initial dialogues be...
STORY OF LIGHT CORE…SO FAR
Jaya Ramchandani
chief festival coordinator

Nash Paul
exhibition design chief / festival coord...
BUDGET
At this stage, we would appreciate advice on how to think about budgeting
and raising funds. The monies will be spe...
ROADMAP
Closer to beginning
Brainstorming on design and
crafting the story

Closer to middle

Dialogues with collaborators...
INVITING COLLABORATORS
We are inviting collaborators to be a part of all of this.

Collaboration as core members, artists,...
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  1. 1. THE STORY OF LIGHT FESTIVAL An intersection of science, culture, and art Concept Note February 2014
  2. 2. CONCEPT Concepts in astrophysics and quantum mechanics are magical. They are as magical as the human experience of spirituality. They are also as hard to explain and take years of study to understand. Or so they say. We believe that everyone can and should taste these ideas, through a medium or form that they can relate to: exhibits, graphic novels, pop-up talks, theater and dance, online animations, through a theme they can relate to. Examples of early ideas follow…
  3. 3. LIGHT & VISION I SPY WITH MY MAGIC EYE We see because visible light reflects or shoots out from surfaces to hit the receptors in our eye. These signals are interpreted by our brain to form a vision. But the same light is not visible to all creatures, so all creatures do not see the same way. Bees and butterflies see in UV Dogs mostly see greys Bulls see only black and white We are designing an installation for visitors to experience the world through the eyes of different animals and insects – and understand why and how.
  4. 4. LIGHT & NATURE LIGHTNING LOVE Do you know why lightning chooses to strike particular spots on Earth? How does it know where to go? Lightning is a bunch of free electrons zooming about. We know that electrons are negative. And they are most attracted to extra positive spots. Lightning rods are missing some electrons and thus used to attract lightning. Humans are also missing some electrons too  We would like to portray this story through a dance drama. We are looking for an interested director to develop the plot.
  5. 5. LIGHT, LIFE, & CULTURE SURYA NAMASKAR Every wondered why yoga recommends we salute the sun in the morning? What is it about sunlight that stimulates mental and physical well being? Learn the reasons behind the surya namaskar or sun salutation and its effects through a practical workshop. BARDO The Tibetan Book of the Dead speaks of Bardo, the intermediate place between life and death, and clear light experienced at the time of death. Reports from near-death experiences speak of similar light. Lay in a coffin fitted out with lights and sounds to experience a bardo-like state. We focus on the therapeutic effects of light and sound.
  6. 6. LIGHT & TECHNOLOGY DE(CODE) Our friendly transistor radio got its name from radio waves – light waves of the lowest frequency range in the wide spectrum of light. Sound is produced by our radios by decoding these radio waves and turning them into the songs and chatter we so love. Receiver, transmitter, light signal – learn the ingredients of coding any message (the entire basis of the telecommunication industry) through an interactive installation.
  7. 7. LIGHT & ENERGY ELUSIVE ENERGY (E is equal to MCwhat?) Energy is easily defined in relation to other things such as action, movement, material. But even the best scientists struggle to describe the nature of pure energy. Learn about the complex and simple relation between light, energy, and matter through a curated selection of movies and talks running through the festival
  8. 8. LIGHT & THE UNIVERSE INFINITY Astronomers study the universe by studying light. This light travels billions and billions of years to reach our telescopes and eyes. This light would continue to travel infinitely if it did not interact with any matter. We invite artists to demonstrate the concept of infinity through any art medium. These exhibits will be strategically located around public spaces in Goa.
  9. 9. MISSION The Story of Light was born in a house in Goa, India, by a group of physicists and artists who realized that they could work together to give everybody a taste of the magic of our universe that sometimes gets lost in equations. We hope to present a different view of nature and life: of waves and particles, of everywhere and nowhere, of matter and energy, of interactions and forces, through ways in which they can be easily grasped—art exhibits, movie screenings, graphic novels, theatre, etc.
  10. 10. WHY STORIES When it comes to science, some of us approach it through math and equations and it makes perfect sense. But some of us don't relate to equations. We relate through emotions and feelings. So we end up rejecting science and not seeing its relevance to our lives. But science explores life and we can understand this through stories. If someone tells us the story of an equation, the poetry of math, the emotional relevance of a hypothesis... then we see. Tanushri Shukla writer-editor, digital strategy
  11. 11. WHY LIGHT Light touches everything. It is the one all-pervasive ‗thing‘ in our observable universe that all living beings interact with. Electricity works with light. Photography captures light. Plants make food with light. Wireless signals travel through light. The connections and relations are infinite. The Story of Light explores six aspects of light: Vision Nature what we see, how we see and perceive, how animals see, illusions, colour rainbows, shadows, lightning, sunsets, bioluminescence, fireflies Technology Energy radiowaves, microwaves, quantum computing, teleportation light and matter, sun‘s energy, nuclear energy, plasma energy, human energy Life & Culture sunlight and life, light and healing, ancient light stories Universe first light, light and dark, invisible light, stars
  12. 12. AND WHY A FESTIVAL There are many creative ways to tell a story. We talked for days and experimented with some of these ways. The conclusion was clear. We need to start with a bang — a multifaceted approach — a festival with an interactive exhibition, talks, screenings, and workshops. Through the festival, we wish to reach all age groups with something for everybody.
  13. 13. OUR APPROACH We approach light through art and design. Physicists and scientists who understand the theoretical concepts will work with artists who have the imagination to comprehend these abstract concepts and bring them into the public space through metaphors. Can we give people a direct experience of infinity or show them a wave collapse through an artist‘s interpretation? We also plan to maintain a delicate balance of science and art, so that the science is not overwhelming for the general public but also not necessarily ―dumbed down‖ or made entirely abstract.
  14. 14. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK Through the different installations and events, here are some of the scientific concepts that we would like to highlight. Light travels infinitely until it interacts with matter How it interacts with matter is magical We slowly shift our mental image of a particle as something solid to energy held together by complex interactions Particle, wave, what‘s the exact nature of light and, for that matter, the electrons and protons that make us The Unknown: What is energy really? What is dark?
  15. 15. WHERE AND WHEN The festival will run for two weeks in December 2014-January 2015. The main venue will be Nashville, a mesmerizing property in Socorro, Goa. We target 500-1000 visitors including locals and tourists (both foreign and Indian), old and young, exposed and underexposed. Smaller installations / events will run at different locations in Goa.
  16. 16. MAKING IT HAPPEN A core team will work with various collaborators through 2014 to shape the festival. Initial dialogues between the science folk and the art folk are of paramount importance for exchange of ideas. Our collaborators would include Artists, designers, installation & performance artists Scientists: physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology Philosophers, Yogis, Monks Project managers, coordinators, event managers Publicisers, networkers, funders Volunteers and implementation enthusiasts
  17. 17. STORY OF LIGHT CORE…SO FAR Jaya Ramchandani chief festival coordinator Nash Paul exhibition design chief / festival coordinator …quit her job as a full-time science editor four years ago to go explore the universe. Her time at Leiden University (studying astronomy for two years) in the Netherlands changed the way she saw light. And changed the way she saw life. She‘s been working with astronomy outreach since and is compelled to share with people what she has learnt. Discussions with friends led to birth of ‗The Story of Light‘ project. ...grew up with an outdated education system and now wants to try to turn it around. Through interactions and installations, he wishes to educate audiences, to shock and awe, to make them smile and whistle, to spark their minds, to see the world from a different angle. http://www.linkedin.com/in/jayar www.antiflutter.com
  18. 18. BUDGET At this stage, we would appreciate advice on how to think about budgeting and raising funds. The monies will be spent on: Material Costs/Equipment/ Supplies Rent of spaces Coordination and travel costs Legal procedures, government permissions Artist and volunteer accommodation and travel Publicity
  19. 19. ROADMAP Closer to beginning Brainstorming on design and crafting the story Closer to middle Dialogues with collaborators Artist-scientist incubation points Raising some funds Piloting some ideas in public spaces Arrangements for volunteers Improving the story Intensive design work Spreading the word Promotion Raising more funds Putting it all together Closer to end
  20. 20. INVITING COLLABORATORS We are inviting collaborators to be a part of all of this. Collaboration as core members, artists, designers, installation & performance artists, scientists (physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology), coordinators, event managers, philosophers, yogis, monks, volunteers, implementation enthusiasts, publicisers, networkers, funders There is much to be done. To start a dialogue, propose an idea, or simply talk, please write to Jaya (scratchpost@gmail.com) or Nash (nash@antiflutter.com).
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