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At iLight Singapore, An Instagram-Worthy Abstraction Of The Big Bang

By Guan Tan

 
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Transporta, a light installation showing at this year's instalment of the iLight Singapore, takes its viewers through a 10-minute (or more if you'd like to linger) journey of the Big Bang.

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Viewers arrive at a deserted avenue peppered with several doors and are left to find the entrance on their own.

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Past the entrance is a pitch dark room lined with a heavy curtain of smokescreen — an abstracted interpretation of what pre-universe looked like.

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Darkness is quickly chased by the Big Bang — a display of intense flashing red and white lights.

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The lights in the display respond to viewers' movements.

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A display of the quarks that came about immediately after the Big Bang.  

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The aggregation of quarks abstracted into a display of interactive lights.  

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Transporta opens from 28 January through 24 February 2019 at The Incubator, Esplanade Park. 

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Long before the universe came to be, in a time where there were no humans, what did space look like? How would humans feel if they were to walk in on the Big Bang collision? What would they see, and what would they hear? These were, perhaps, the questions that the team behind "Transporta" had when they started developing their light installation for this year's instalment of the iLight Singapore festival. 

Clearly, if humans weren't created back then, they weren't meant to be there. 

Titled "Transporta", the light installation located at The Incubator, Esplanade Park, transports its viewers through a 10-minute stroll through the Big Bang and the quark epoch (a mysterious orchestra of subatomic particles that were responsible for matter) that ensued. It's "edutainment," one of its team members said. 

Viewers are first left stranded, in search of clues leading them to the right 'teleportation' door which will 'transport' them back in time to the Big Bang. They are then left to wander into a room of pitch darkness and heavy smokescreen — an abstraction of what pre-universe supposedly looks like. It's quickly chased by the Big Bang — violent red lights flashing and strobing to imitate the violent start to the universe. The intense conditions of the Big Bang gave birth to quarks, which then came together to form protons and neutrons, eventually giving rise to atoms some 380,000 years later — all abstracted into interactive light installations. "We're almost scientists now," a team member cheekily adds. 

The installation reportedly cost "hundreds of thousands" to pull off. Yet, every ticket is priced at a nifty S$4 over the course of the iLight Singapore festival — a small price to pay for dozens of eye-catching Instagram posts and stories. It's recommended for ages 7 and up — and it's clear why. The darkness, flashing lights, and strobe lights might prove to be distressing for someone with claustrophobia, autism, epilepsy, or anxiety. 

"Transporta" opens from 28 January through 24 February 2019 at The Incubator, Esplanade Park.