I was invited to the preview of Amsterdam Light Festival last week with a boat ride through the art installations. It was magical! This year’s theme is friendship, something that I have been thinking about lately, which made the artworks resonate even deeper. My favourite is “Open Lounge” (Friendship as “a ballroom of a palace with the starry sky as a ceiling, and everybody an invitee”) by Geraud Periole (FR). Passing underneath it, I felt that familiar buzzing, warm glow of friendship.
I also loved “Today I Love you” (Massimo Uberti & Marco Pollice) because - you guessed it - of its heart-wrenching / uplifting message:
“A magical sentence, which seems to come from a beautiful dream you don’t yet want to wake up from. But also a sentence that evokes questions. What about tomorrow? Next year? Will you still love me then? Is this love eternal, or will it slip away in time and do we have to content ourselves with the moment?
But suddenly the words have become matter. The message – today I love you – has been fixed in time, making it possible for you to enjoy the comforting words over and over again. (…) Like a dream, but one you can get in and out of, even when awake. Today I love you. As I will tomorrow.”
That night, I ended up meeting a new friend on the boat, having spontaneous drinks and going to a gig where I bumped into old friends that I have not seen in a long time. I biked home with a happy heart, thinking of what friendship means - old, new, near, far - and felt grateful for such beautiful moments with them.
Until 17 Jan 2016: