Politicians are under suspicion, not only by the citizens that we see as being astonished by their manouevers to curb a crisis for which they do not stop trying to put the blame on us.
But in reality, those that truly keep them under strict surveillance, are the markets, loaded with unlimited power which allows them to overthrow legitimate governments, imposing in their place a race of technocrats of suspect past, in the service of the crisis.
Thinking about these things, the spanish collective of artists and designers luzinterruptus took to the streets of Madrid, on the 19th of November, a day of reflection before the general elections, in order to present a simulation of the surveillance of politicians, with the aim of generating debate or simply a thought among the people who strolled through the streets on their way back home.
For the installation Politicians under video surveillance, luzinterruptus carried 75 fake security cameras with them, of the type which detect movement and possess an intermittent red light and they trained them on the advertising used by the parties in their electoral campaigns, observing from close up the faces that were touched up for the photos, of the politicians elect.
"It was an interesting night and as always, people asked us… Did we hope to have made them reflect for a moment about this alarming situation of the harassment of democracy", they explain.
Many thanks to Alex and Cris for their helping, especially with the logistics.
Time of installation: 4 hour
Exhibition time: 10 hours
Luzinterruptus is an anonymous artistic group, who carries out urban interventions in public spaces. We use light as a raw material and the dark as our canvas. The three members of the team come from different disciplines: art, lighting and photography and have wanted to apply our creativity in a common action, to leave lights throughout the city so that other people put them out. They began to act on the streets of Madrid at the end of 2008 with had the simple idea of focusing people´s attention by using light on problems that we found in the city and that seem to go unnoticed to the authorities and citizens. But everything that they do does not have a subversive aim. Sometimes they simply want to embellish, or to highlight anonymous places or corners that seem special or objects to which we think extraordinary artistic value, although they have been left on the streets for unknown seasons, with artistic intention, by anonymous people. They carried out all this with the material that we know firsthand and inspires us most light. Besides providing a great visual impact, light allows us to make interventions in a smaller degree and greater in others. They avoid deteriorating urban furniture and leave room on the scene for other artists to work on or to the users of that common space, which is scarce in great cities. Their interventions are extraordinarily short lived, they take less than one hour to disappear since our small luminous devices, make Madriliam wild cats desire strongly to gel their hands on them, quite to the contrary, they find interesting that somebody could interpret, that what they have left on the street, is a small present which they to find on their way.