Il y a quelques semaines à Melbourne, les designers de Luzinterruptus ont réalisé l'installation urbaine "Literature versus traffic" dans le cadre du festival "Light in Winter". Au moyen de 10 000 livres usagés provenant de bibliothèques publiques, ils ont peu à peu pris possession de l'espace piéton, colonisant un peu plus la rue au fil des jours.
Sur ce projet, les designers de Luzinterruptus précisent:
"The objective of this piece? The same as the first time that we carried it out, that a river of books overflowing into the physical pedestrian spaces and installed itself in the space allocated to cars, stealing precious space to the dense traffic in the area, in a symbolic gesture in which literature took control of the streets and became the conquerer of the public space, offering the citizens, a space (not as big as we would have liked) in which the traffic withdrew yielding ground to the modest power of the written word.
We managed, after a tough battle against the weather, to change the appearance of the plaza progressively for a month, and that on the night of June 30, a lane of the busy Flinders Street became a space for reading and coexistence, lit by a dim light that paled under the powerful LED displays installed in the plaza.
Our piece served as a backdrop for many things that happened there during these days. Of course, it was the scene for a multitude of photos taken by the curious and visitors, in addition it was accompanied by many other pieces installed during the festival of light, and to commemorate the el summer solstice it was used as the stage for the dance and performance piece Walking Through Words, directed by Tony Yap and Yumi Umiumare in collaboration with various communities from the city.
On the final night, the overflowing river of books, was offered to the visitors who took their time choosing the most interesting to take home from the thousands installed there. In addition 9 artists from the company Yumi, conducted an impromptu and magical performance that ended in a donation of books to the occupants of the cars that were circulating in the vicinity, who, stupefied opened their windows to receive these mysterious presents.
Although it was a complicated installation, with a quite different approach to the modest and ephemeral ones that we usually carry out, the final balance was very positive, above all because of the people we met and that helped us to pull it off.A fantastic experience this grand installation, we learned many interesting things, we hope that we will not forget them…"
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