The installations by Spanish guerilla arts collective Luzinterruptus are known for their ability to disrupt movement and shed light on pertinent issues. From their Free the Nipple exhibit to their Christmas tree made of glowing plastic bags, light is their raw material of choice. This time, responding to an invitation by the historic Spanish venue Azkuna Zentroa, the group paid tribute to the art of creation and the march of time in an installation to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Gutun Zuria (Bilbao Internacional Literature Festival).
The piece was called “Denboran Zehar”. According to the collective, they looked for a way to make the traces left by time visible over a material associated with creation. To this end, the group called on people to personalise 5000 recycled paper notebooks which they then left outdoors at the Azkuna Zentroa terrace for 25 days, with the intention of letting time and the weather complete the piece.
“Time and Bilbao’s harsh climate took care of shaping the notebooks until turning them into rather three-dimensional imperfect, deteriorated pieces. These interventions surely suffered severe mutations and both, the colours and the materials, eventually blended, blurring the messages so, to our surprise, everything ended up acquiring a strange homogeneity within the purest eclecticism.”
In their signature style, the group illuminated the notebooks one by one and built a large, imperfect circle with them in the building’s atrium, “invading all the space and changing the transit flow of users in order to make them more revolving.”
On the last day, visitors were able to take an illuminated book home.