Another colaboration with my dear friends of Luzinterruptus ( www.luzinterruptus.com )
A couple of weeks ago, Madrid prepared to celebrate the Fiesta Nacional Española, which as every year, and despite the economic recession, is celebrated with great pomp and deployment of media, on the 12th of October.
On that day, it seemed there were no problems, nor crisis, as the city shone adorned with large flags and flowers, while the living forces and good citizens, dressed themselves in their best finery to witness the many military parades, trying to remind us where the power is.
In order that this outstanding celebration could take place in perfect harmony and could be presented on state television without any censorship of any kind, they previously had to clean up and hide some little things that are happening in the city, other types of public demonstrations, also multitudinous, although less martial, which fill the streets daily and not exactly to celebrate…
We, like good citizens that we are, wanted to contribute to the beautification of that day by cleaning the streets that we normally pass through, with the intention that there would be nothing left to debase such remarkable celebrations.
The night before the celebration, we went out into the street with 20 buckets, which we filled with water and detergent and threw onto a central street in our neighborhood, creating a small river with waves, that dragged along anything in its path, until it fell into the sewers.
What we symbolically left in the street, at the mercy of the current, was a fleet of small paper boats that we built with the electoral programof the party that currently governs us.
The installation was called Fleet of unfilfilled election promises and to carry it out we used 214 illuminated boats, manufactured of printed pages, with the entire political program entitled “What Spain needs” in which you can find hundreds of beautiful promises, which it seems to us, there has never been any intention to fulfill.
Our small naval fleet, ended up becoming a simple metaphor, of wet and unreadable paper, that, once the installation was complete we picked up and deposited into paper recycling containers.
Many thanks to our friends Cris, Alex and Aurora who helped us with the preparations and the installation and to Lola Martínez and Gustavo Sanabria who documented the whole process. We appreciate these two personal views at the same time.
If only programs with which elections are won had to be fulfilled…
Time of installation: 4 hours.
Exhibition time: 3 hours.