Am I Too Bright?

Posted by Loc on September 5th, 2011. Filters:

Following the nuclear explosion, contamination, and ongoing problems for Japan because of the Fukushima nuclear plant, artworks concerning this incident were bound to appear sooner or later. For the MS Docville Festival in Germany this August, spanish collective luzinterruptus created an eerie installation piece for the festival with 100 glowing human figures in radioactive suits. Titled “Radioactive Control” the figures look down at either their glowing bodies or the ground they walk on. The piece is said to express the humorous paranoia that surrounds the incident in which everyone suddenly become wary of everything from Japan.

A common joke surrounding nuclear contamination for human beings specifically is that you will glow in the dark. That of course isn’t true since I haven’t seen anyone become their own flashlight in the dark yet. Also scientifically speaking, while radioactive decay does give up photons (light) they belong to a spectrum invisible to the human eyes. For me, I find the piece really creepy instead of funny as the original article suggested. The figures appear to be puzzled at their sudden glowing body parts despite the protective gear they wear. In addition with the installation being outside, the glowing aspect suggests the figures are transferring the radioactivity to nature.

This piece has several layers for viewers to digest. From the human figures, their pose, to their clothes, and the environment, everything allow the viewers to have their own interpretation. With it being about the Fukushima incident specifically, the title “Radioactive Control” possibly suggest the downfall to trying to control nuclear energy and the scary consequence.

Original article from designboom. Artworks from luzinterruptus.

  • Jonas

    I find this very creepy as well, not funny at all. But at the same time it’s beautiful. Creating all those figures must’ve taken a long time…

    • Loc Lam | ロックラム

      Exactly. That dichotomy of something so creepy and beautiful drew me to the piece. It took 6 days to set up everything. It would’ve been a crazy experience walking among these figures. Scary! 

    • Jonas

      Yeah I think what creeps me out the most is that they’re looking down, it makes me uncomfortable. But also that they’re all standing in rows and their slightly unproportionate bodies.

      6 days huh, no wonder.

  • キミ君

    It really is creepy and beautiful but I find it a lot more creepy than beautiful!

    • Loc Lam | ロックラム

      Haha, fair enough! The beauty to the piece takes a while to seep in after you’re all weirded out but it’s there :)

  • Rene

    I think its really creepy. I’ll probably mistaken those figures as something else. But I also think that its very creative to come out with this idea.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure how this is supposed to be humorous, I have to agree with everyone here that it is very creepy. For some reason the forest spirits from Princess Mononoke come to mind.
    When I look at this I get a feeling of sadness and confusion.