ART INTERVENTION: Nestor Lizalde: ‘Electric Coven’
Nestor Lizalde intervenes in the Azkuna Zentroa – Alhondiga Bilbao terrace with the project Electric Coven during the summer months.
This light intervention is a piece of electronic art which plans to intervene the Azkuna Zentroa terrace architecture, comprising 44 arches, via the placement of a computer-controlled lighting system. A light matrix created for Bilbao weather conditions makes use of the features of this peculiar space, i.e. the modular arrangement of its brick arches.
Each of these arches is joined to the next via a metal plate or column enabling the anchorage of 152 light filaments. Via an electronic switch system, and just like the frames of a film reel, different algorithmic behaviours sequentially displace the light body via the architecture, shaping hidden shapes in the shadows.
«The sun deposed gives way to lights under the protection of darkness. The light matrix endows the structure described by 44 primitive arches arranged like a ritual place, with movement. Electric fires compete against each other to describe their own representations like myths in a cavern. Shadows and dazzling flashes dance sculpting shapes on night’s canvas». Nestor Lizalde.
Nestor Lizalde. This artist’s work explores possibilities arisen in the world of art via the so-called new media. With a vast academic education: Graduate in Fine Arts; Official Master in Visual Arts & Multimedia; Higher Studies in Design & Electronics, this strong technical profile artist generates dialogue between technological inspiration and artistic tradition, exploring the languages arising in this meeting. Nestor Lizalde is carrying out practical research based on the creation of new supports and audiovisual forms via programming, electronic design, digital manufacture and optical image systems, to build an imaginarium through these processes which is halfway between science fiction and surrealism, a submergible universe as disturbing as it is hypnotic.