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LUZINTERRUPTUS. A necessary light

Author: Luisa Bernal

Section: LAB

Date: 03.2012

As if the night did not already have enough charms, the collective LuzInterruptus have found an original way to suggest new reflections and forms of beauty by placing lamps that illuminate and give limelight to different issues and locations of our urban surroundings.

Does your work follow any aims?
We try to place the problems we detect in the city and that seem to go unnoticed by the authorities and citizens under the spotlight of attention.
But not everything we do has an element of subversion, on certain occasions we merely want to beautify or rescue from anonymity, places that seem special to us or objects we give an extraordinary artistic value to, even though they may have been left to chance on the street by anonymous people with no kind of artistic intention at all.

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Is there any installation in particular that has been most meaningful to you?
One of the pieces that has delighted us the most was Radioactive Control, that we carried out this summer at the Dockville Festival in Hamburg. With it, we tried to point out, in a humorous tone, the paranoia we’ve suffered since the radioactive leak in Japan demonstrated the scarce reliability of nuclear power plants’ security systems. We enjoyed setting it up and co-habiting with the people from the festival, and it was reasonably cheap, very striking, and gave us quite a name.

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Shedding light onto another urban fact, arose Drinking water running through the streets. In Madrid in less than 30 years, over 50% of working public fountains have disappeared. With this installation we aimed to reclaim the need for these fountains over monumental fountains.

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With Politicians Under Surveillance they managed to generate a social debate about certain politicians under suspicion that citizens did not trust, and furthermore about the pressure the markets placed on them. They also put the electoral campaign in the rubbish.
Abandoned buildings, recycling, the lack of rain, the traffic…

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What project do you dream of creating?
One that manages to reduce, albeit for a few hours, the level and the cost of lighting in the city of Madrid and that in doing so helps us show the authorities and citizens that you can still see with less street lighting and can even achieve a greater state of well being.

Have you ever done an installation in a closed space?
Making pieces for closed spaces does not thrill us in the slightest. Neither do those spaces that even though they may be open do not give access to anyone who may wish to enter. The closest place to a closed space that we have intervened in was the patio inside the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2010, but access was open and free. For this occasion we imagined the installation Beings packaged in light, where we captured 100 human shadow and preserved them for a night, wrapped in plastic and light.

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We don’t have to wait for the clock to strike midnight and cross our fingers in the hope of going out for a walk and coming across one of their inspirational installations; on their website an illuminated itinerary awaits us, letting us enjoy and ponder on the cities we live in.


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