In 2006 I proposed to the City of Reykjavík that we should turn off all the city lights to see the stars better. This idea was first in my play Natures Opera (Náttúruóperan 1999) and again in Dreamland in 2006. Now the Idea has been picked up by LG in Korea so the 20th of July a big concert: Light Off Stars On will take place in Harpa with Gus Gus, Ásgeir Trausti and Ólafur Arnalds. Here is the trailer for the event:
Here is an interview with myself about turning the lights off the city to see the stars:
Here is some more information about the concert and the concept:
Andri Snaer Magnason
The Icelandic writer, the UKLA* Award winner,
inspired our project
“….seeing the total black and the real colours of the twinkling stars
and all these small tiny, but important things you get when you turn off
the lights and get true blackness.”
He made a proposal to city to turn off all the lights to rediscover
the true night sky and reveal nature’s colours without any light interference.
This reflects the philosophy of the LG OLED TV’s Perfect Black.