Luzinterruptus – New installations
Three new installation projects have been carried out by Luzinterruptus collective at the end of 2015, each highlighting a major global issue, from the use of nuclear energy and its impact on human health and the environment, to the need of water and how it is currently being privatized, and finally, the problem of waste in the context of the “eighth continent” and the pollution of the ocean as main consequence.
The temporary works made of recycled materials are impressive not only through their message, but also through the involvement of local communities, who helped the artists complete the installations, as well as the bold approach – life sized figures predict an unsettling future for mankind, there is a powerful contrast between the garbage and its threat and the clear water, while the replica of rain drops inside condoms, impossible to wet anyone, shows the clever use of materials to raise awareness regarding these aspects.
Under Nuclear Threat
Following their 2011 Radioactive Control installation in Hamburg, Luzinterruptus were invited by the Lux festival to recreate the piece in Besançon, France. The use of nuclear energy is on the rise since their first artistic intervention and remains an important contemporary issue.
“2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while the first cancer cases directly connected with Fukushima’s leak have been diagnosed. In spite of all this, the Japanese government still recommends nuclear energy against climate change and keeps 54 active reactors in its 17 nuclear plants.”
The installation consisted of 150 radioactive figures, handcrafted with the help of volunteers using poor quality materials assembled by hand which were later recycled after the event.
Similar to their 2013 project, the installation for Totally Thames festival in London highlights “the vital need of water and how abhorrent it is to privatize it and trade it for the profit of just a few”. 3,000 condoms were filled with blue water to resemble rain drops: “We created a cubic space with these – framed by lighted, hanging drops – where one could dive in and caress the elements while listening to the gentle sound of the water as it moved.”
The floating installation made of 5,000 recycled plastic bottles was created in Portugal with the aim to replicate the so-called “eighth continent”, basically plastic and garbage taking over great areas of the Pacific.
“Governments remain passive before this situation (…) allowing this huge mass of about 4 million tons of more or less crushed plastic to shape about 22,200 kilometers (about 13,794 miles) of irregular surface which goes 30 meters (about 98 feet) deep under the water, and is destroying most of the marine wildlife in the area and transforming the ecosystem.”
Images and video courtesy of Luzinterruptus.