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EVA SCHIPPERS

Role:
INTERVENTIONIST
Phenomenon:
Strategy:
fight

fight

location:
Praha 1
medium:
photo

date:
22.06.15
time:
21:04
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blanco_wit

During our last summer [2014] we spent time at the beach. Each night the light of the nearby lighthouse flashed past our house in a monotonous cycle. It turned my attention to its historical function in relation to current times, the reactive and interactive era we live in today. The movement of the light seemed mechanical and non-responsive to me. If a ship ran aground, the light would keep moving around in the same way, ignoring the emergency at hand.

 

Thus the idea was born to build Object of Emergency #38 The Lighthouse. An object or extension of the body that one could wear and that literally embodied this (object of) emergency; conceived as a responsive object possessing ¬†empathy, individual traits and consciousness. There are currently four lighthouses at large that focus their lights according to the movements and intentions of the performers, that navigate the public spaces of Prague like a group of friends, roaming the subways, shops and city squares…

 

The Lighthouses are part of the TRIBES project, a large-scale program taking place during the 10- day Prague Quadriennal with 80 different international groups or ‘tribes’ moving through the streets of Prague.