A huge thanks to Andy Brydon and all production team and people from @curatedplace for his help and support during @spectraaberdeen festival. Despite the weather difficulties, SPECTRA once again illuminated Aberdeen and transformed the roads and buildings into an outdoor gallery. Keep up the good work and see you soon!
Some thoughts on this years festival:
obviously they’re struggling with the loss of UTG, as that’s hugely reduced the suitable (I.e. secureable) space available to organisers. As a result the festival seems to have relied more heavily on projections and ‘less accessible’ art, and on the use of the kirkyard that saw huge queues all three days it ran. (To the extent that access closed an hour early on Friday)
I’m surprised that other open spaces weren’t used, for example the Castlegate, Green or St Nicks roof garden. The large securable space of the Marischal College courtyard could have been better used than on just one projection, given the lack of a large single space such as UTG.
Interactive elements are always greatly in demand among families during Spectra but only the virtual fireworks piece fulfilled that this year. Most works were out of reach behind fencing.
Closing off the roads helped a lot, perhaps if they could have been kept closed something could have been installed for the duration of the festival on Upperkirkgate or Schoolhill? Seems doable for the Christmas village.
Overall despite the problems with weather it seems to have been well received. Hope it does even better next year.
Last night of the vibrant and fun #SpectraABDN Festival of light 1830hrs to 2130hrs tonight in #Aberdeen city centre. City core has been buzzing with folks in for the event, even when the weather was harsh. Weather looks like it will be dry and not too windy with us, so why not pop in for a look around. Loads to see from Outside @abdnartmuseums to St. Nicholas Kirk, the Marischal Square development and Marischal College. #art#nightout#funforallthefamily
Just taking a stormy morning moment to reflect on what's been a wholly stimulating and meaningful weekend here in Aberdeen with the Catalyst Conference at Spectra festival.
Events like this, put together as thoughtfully as this was, are Critical Acts.
A lot of advice shared around a variety of themes; from shoving things, people and organisations together; to creating dialogue and exchange internationally... How do we sustain cultural production in places and how do we reevaluate and restructure the frameworks that we are working in towards shared goals.
A lot to take away and to continue embedding into our own practices and communities.
Why we do what we do. Thank you to everyone who supports We Too! It enables us to organise relaxed sessions like these and so much more! ❤️👐😊 Parent quote: "Thanks so much #SpectraABDN and Phionna from We Too for opening up an amazing sensory experience for our Lincoln today. He absolutely loved it and we would really hope to experience it again next year." Gillian Tinsley. (Shared with permission)
Wow! That's what we thought when we first saw these domes :)
Amanda Yates and Hannah Ayre (with a big group of amazing volunteers!) created a series of domes in which each triangle was filled with string geometry. UV paint was used to colour the sticks and string-work on each dome to create a striking installation for Spectra – Aberdeen’s Festival of Light (@spectraaberdeen / #SpectraABDN ). Thanks for creating something great and sharing it with us. Looks otherworldly inside the domes! #domedone#geodesic#stringart#uvlight#lighting
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These recent storms have really done their best against Aberdeen, even the Kraken has ended up on a roof. The @spectraaberdeen light festival is here this weekend. Nip down to enjoy the events. .