Luzinterruptus, is an anonymous artistic group, who carries out urban interventions in public spaces. They use light as a raw material and the dark as their canvas. The three members of the team come from different disciplines: art, lighting and photography and have wanted to apply their creativity in a common action, to leave lights throughout the city so that other people put them out.
The artists began to act on the streets of Madrid at the end of 2008 and had the simple idea of focusing people’s attention by shining light on problems that the artists found in the city and that seem to go unnoticed by the authorities and citizens.
But everything that the artists do, does not have a subversive aim. Sometimes the artists simply want to embellish, or to highlight anonymous places or corners that seem special or objects to which they consider of extraordinary artistic value, although they have been left on the streets for unknown seasons, with artistic intention, by anonymous people. The artists carried out all this with the material that they know firsthand and inspired them the most: light. Besides providing a great visual impact, light allows them to make interventions in a smaller degree and greater in others. The artists avoid deteriorating urban furniture and carefully leave room on the scene for other artists to work on or to the users of that common space, which is scarce in large cities.
Regarding the day ‘Caged Memories’ installation was put up Luzinterruptus commented:
“With our installation, Caged Mementos, shining in all its splendor, after being reinstalled and perfectly secured, we are inspired to show you the images of what happened that particular Sunday on which we held our collection of objects in the Plaza de Ministriles in Madrid.
The photos say it all, there was a great influx of people, hot chocolate, street music, people dancing and more than 300 mementos brought by the residents, some of the most sentimental and personal… others likeable… others improvised… in summary a day we will not forget.
Now, all those mementos are hanging in golden cages and at night they are illuminated with a cheery golden light, converting this grey square in the center of Madrid into a cheery public place, where you can stay awhile looking at the illuminated sky protected from the cold.
They remained there until the 9th of January.”
Artist: Luzinterruptus, Madrid, Spain, www.luzinterruptus.com
Location: Madrid, Spain
Photoes: Gustavo Sanabria