“We went to Besançon (France) invited by the Lux festival which asked us to carry out Radioactive Control – an old, dear piece produced in 2011 for the Dockville Festival in Hamburg“.
“Althouth 4 years have already passed since we first conceived it – shocked by Fukushima’s dramatic leak – it looks like nothing has changed at all – quite on the contrary, the use of nuclear energy is on the rise. So our past claims are still current, especially in France, the second largest producer of nuclear power in the world in terms of volume after the United States – or the first, if this is production is compared to the number of inhabitants.
Besides, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while the first cancer cases directly connected with Fukushima’s leak have been diagnosed. In spite of all this, the Japanese government still recommends nuclear energy against climate change and keeps 54 active reactors in its 17 nuclear plants.
For this and many other reasons, we thought it was appropriate to give life again to our menacing army of radiactive creatures and place it in the vicinity of the Lux festival – a festival that is all about light, science and art.
The army counted on 150 soldiers which were handcrafted with the help of many volunteers using poor quality materials assembled by hand which were later recycled after the event.
During the 4 days of the festival, our luminous figures martially marched propelled by the wind. And, though they offered a much more dramatic spectacle at night, they also interacted with all those who visited the event during the day.
The wonderful photos were taken by Pablo Martínez Muñiz“.