A Tour of Luminato With Director Jorn Weisbrodt
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A Tour of Luminato With Director Jorn Weisbrodt

We went over the rainbow to check out what this summer's premiere arts extravaganza had to offer.

From a contemporary colour guard to an industrial rave in an abandoned power plant, this year’s Luminato festival has breadth. But on Friday, artistic director (and Rufus Wainwright partner) Jorn Weisbrodt took a handful of reporters on a crawl of some of the fest’s more accessible offerings as a low-key kickoff to a jam-packed festival.

Starting at Trinity Bellwoods Park, we were introduced to Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer’s video and sound installation “Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been; I am also called No-more, Too-late, Farewell.” Formed from a computer-generated algorithmic montage sequence, 22,000 photographs from Life magazine are perpetually shuffled like a deck of cards on a 24-7 loop, creating a near-infinite viewing experience.

Next up was David Pecaut Square, or ground zero for the festival, where Brazilian artist Regina Silveira’s “Glossary” installation has swathed the space in colourful squares of light. At night it’s even more impressive, as lasers project multilingual words for “light” across the surrounding office towers.

To cap off the evening, we watched rehearsals for Friday night’s launch party, at which brave participants could sing live backed by a professional orchestra. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Weisbrodt quickly hopped up on stage for a rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” proving that there are no bigger Judy Garland fans than Canada’s artistic power couple.

Photos by Kate Fane.