Luxescena consists in an ephemeral intervention in public spaces, which seeks to rediscover the public stage in the city and propose a new way to visualize and interact with it.
According to the bottom-up approach, Luxescena starts from the detailed design of individual parts, which can then be combined to form larger components, eventually creating a network of devices that connect the spaces between them, and yet can be used and displayed separately.
It can be applied in different types of activities in public spaces, such as festivals, fairs and various other ephemeral events of an artistic, cultural and institutional nature, as well as instances of citizen expression, among others. To achieve that, it can adapt its shape and complexity to the specific needs of a concrete program of event (lighting, sound, etc). The aim is to provide visibility to these events and ensure the socialization of them through the environment itself, creating new spatial formats and temporary organizations, as well as creating a strong atmosphere associated with the theme used.
With light as the protagonist, lightweight structures are adapted to the use of the event, building modular and economic artifacts, with an elegant aesthetic that stands out in the public space. Individual pieces consist essentialy in foldable modules of wood and light bars, which can be fixed (via structural tensions) at any site with two or more supporting structures, besides having the option of playing with different shapes.
This study, developed in the Masters in Art, Design and Public Space program in ELISAVA, analyzes the urban grid of Ciutat Vella in the city of Barcelona, searching the existing morphology for natural stages that have never before been seen as such, including restaurants and bars in the search as infrastructures to support the event’s socialization.
Luxescena was selected to be exhibited in the International Architecture Festival EME3 in Barcelona, June 2012.
By Marina Esmeraldo & Noèlia Asensi
From En Públic