Lormont | “Coming Afloat”, Luzinterruptus in France.

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Coming Afloat? Is the last, captivating work by Luzinterruptus. The light art installation was presented in Lormont, near Bordeaux in France on the occasion of the “Biennale Panoramas” which was held in September 2014.

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Coming Afloat? (text by Luzinterruptus)

Last September we visited France as part of the Biennale Panoramas. The installation was placed on a beautiful lake in Parcs des Iris et de l’Ermitage in Lormont near Bordeaux.
The first idea was to recreate an underwater world where luminous figures came in and out of the water, taking passersby by surprise. A poetic way to pay tribute to old legends about mysterious lake dwellers but also to not so idyllic movie scenes of bodies that sank in tragic circumstances as they struggled to come out of the water.
That was the original idea and it was to be called Baignade interdite. However, the lake’s characteristics, located over a bed of calcareous rocks, gave the water a milky color that didn’t allow us to see what happened underwater in spite of the light enveloping the bodies. So we had to change the display on the go to adapt it to its real context.
Hence we had to improvise which is something quite common in our work method. So, helping ourselves with some of the already purchased material, especially the latex gloves, we thought the idea over and turned it into a new display where the beings of light would be trying to come afloat or would be sinking (depending on one’s life experience)… We also re-named it as “Coming Afloat?”.

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We used 1,400 latex gloves we pumped with air and filled with light and then paired them to bring the bodies trapped in the water to life. We then released them on the lake expecting each being to find its own space. Duck flocks, endemic inhabitants and soft currents help putting everything into place. We weren’t able to use the remaining material, white pants and shirts, which we freely distributed on the opening day among whomever wanted to dress in white that night.
The display stayed on the lake several days and then all the material was collected and recycled.

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Text and images courtesy of Luzinterruptus. http://www.luzinterruptus.com/

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