Monday, January 30, 2012

Lichtfestival Gent 2012

On Saturday evening the missus and I visited the Licht Festival Gent, a sparkling annual celebration of electric light. In addition to turning up all the street lights and floodlighting the city's grand old churches, towers and guild halls, the festival features numerous art installations related to light.

The only problem was that we weren't alone. According to De Morgen, we were joined by 199,998 other people. The crowds were so massive that we couldn't help bumping into people left and right. At one point I was almost knocked off my feet, barely avoiding crushing an infant in a stroller. That would've made for some interesting headlines in the morning.

Apart from the risk of infant-crushing, it was quite enjoyable. I didn't get any good pictures of the spectacle, but there were plenty of people on the streets with DSLRs, tripods, and a heap of time. If you want to see some great pictures from this year's festival, check out jan.vens' Flickr album.

I am going to add something of my own, though. At the end of our walk, we passed through an installation by the Italian company Luminarie De Cagna. It was a dazzling piece of architecture: Thousands of multicolored LED bulbs adorned a 50-meter-long portal, transforming Belfortstraat into something like a cross between a gaming arcade, a Persian palace, and E.T.'s apartment. Enjoy the clip.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Jukebox Friday: Elbow - Lippy Kids (live at Rock Werchter 2011)



Elbow are a rock band from Ramsbottom near Manchester, England. Their most recent album is Build A Rocket Boys!, released in March 2011. The album title is taken from the lyrics to "Lippy Kids", in this instance performed live at the Rock Werchter festival here in Belgium in the summer of 2011.


Lyrics:

Lippy kids on the corner again
Lippy kids on the corner begin
Settling like crows
Though I never perfected the simian stroll
The cigarette senate was everything then

Do they know those days are golden?
Build a rocket boys
Build a rocket boys!

One long June
I came down from the trees
and kerbstone cool
You were a freshly painted angel
Walking on walls
Stealing booze and hour-long hungry kisses
And nobody knew me at home anymore

Build a rocket boys!
Build a rocket boys
Build a rocket boys!

Lippy kids on the corner again
Lippy kids on the corner begin
Settling like crows
And I never effected that simian stroll
No

Do they know those days are golden?
Build a rocket boys
Build a rocket boys!

One long June
I came down from the trees
And kerbstone cool
You were a freshly painted angel
Walking on walls
Stealing booze and hour-long hungry kisses
And nobody knows me at home anymore

Build a rocket boys!
Build a rocket boys
Build a rocket boys!