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SpY: AI and “Data” For Light Show at LUZMADRID

SpY: AI and “Data” For Light Show at LUZMADRID

Every time you hear “artificial intelligence” you think of Becky Thompson from you 9th –grade Earth Science class. Admit it.

But this is an entirely different interpretation of artificial intelligence from SpY.

SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)

Madrid public artist appears to be on a winning streak this fall, thanks perhaps to so many detailed plans he laid during lockdown with COVID. This night light show called “DATA”, which he did for the International Festival of Light called LUZMADRID this fall maximizes a slim slice of the urban nighttime view, and he intends it to be an immersive audio-visual experience.

We’re excited to hear about Spain’s first light festival – and we have a little friendly advice: Don’t let the advertisers take it over the curatorial decisions because before you know it they’ll be project toothpaste tubes up this alley. No one will listen to us, but we feel better saying it.

SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)

DATA, says SpY, “offers a reflection on the rapid and widespread inclusion of algorithms in numerous aspects of our lives. In this audio-visual work, digital abstraction is used to explore and interpret how predictive tools operated through algorithms and artificial intelligence are highly beneficial in terms of aspects such as communication, research, and medicine, but can also lead us to lose some of our freedoms if they are not used ethically.”

Which was precisely what you would have guessed, right?

SpY tells us that he wanted to explore new tools like holographic fabrics to alter the graphics, saying that they somehow appeared “weightless”. He created a 15-meter high screen made from this fabric and installed it in one of the smaller streets, embuing the experience with something magic, and possibly otherworldly for the audience on the street.

SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
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SpY: “Earth / Tierra” at Plaza de Colón in Madrid

SpY: “Earth / Tierra” at Plaza de Colón in Madrid

SpY describes his new public art project “Earth,” as “a luminous red sphere caged inside a structure.” You may wonder what this structure made from building-site scaffolding represents, especially when he says “the sphere is caged within it”. Gaseous fumes? Global Oligarchs? Free-trade agreements? K-Pop fans? We asked him:

BSA: Is the earth the color red because it is on fire, in pain, in a state of emergency, or perhaps in love?

SpY: The red earth in a cage has different meanings. 

Having the earth in red is an obvious statement about our behavior as human beings in relation to our home where everything is connected as if were a living creature.

The cage represents the way we are caging ourselves in with fewer possibilities of survival because of human activity.

All of this it’s not about a virus or an economic war, what we want to highlight is the plight of the next generations. Will they have the educational tools, and will they be conscientious enough to grasp the importance of taking small, individual steps to feel a shared responsibility to improve the conditions of the planet?

SpY. “Earth / Tierra”. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)

This sphere in a cube is radiating outward in Plaza de Colón in Madrid is of a grand scale, and rather overpowers the people who walk through, day and night.

At 25 meters high, this glowing red orb is meant to draw our attention to the matters of our home planet, not the other red one you may be familiar with.

SpY. “Earth / Tierra”. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)

According to his press release, “SpY asks us to reflect on the way in which our home makes up a whole of which we form part, and in which everything is connected as if it were a living creature.”

Curated by Anna Dimitrova of Nobuloart.

SpY. “Earth / Tierra”. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Earth / Tierra”. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Earth / Tierra”. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Earth / Tierra”. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
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SpY Lights Up Madrid with Green Lasers

SpY Lights Up Madrid with Green Lasers

Spanish street artist SpY has been stretching the limits, blurring the lines, if you will, between street art, installation art, and creating “situations” in cities for the last decade. In this new shot across the sky in Madrid, he is decidedly not blurry, but laser-focused.

SpY. “Lighthouse”. Faro de Monocloa. Madrid, Spain. (photo Ruben P. Bescos)

As dusk fell last week citizens saw his newest beams of light bursting from the iconic “Mirador de Moncloa”, causing some on social media to evoke Star Wars comparisons. Perhaps it was the green beams that recollect the early personal computers of all green text on black backgrounds, but to see them streaming steadily, connecting north and south across 10 kilometers, it redefined space and residents’ perceptions of it perhaps.

“The resulting light show is fascinating in its simplicity,” says the artist, “the 8 beams of green light crossing the dark sky, creating a poetic and surprising new visual landscape.”

SpY. “Lighthouse”. Faro de Monocloa. Madrid, Spain. (photo Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Lighthouse”. Faro de Monocloa. Madrid, Spain. (photo Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Lighthouse”. Faro de Monocloa. Madrid, Spain. (photo Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Lighthouse”. Faro de Monocloa. Madrid, Spain. (photo Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Lighthouse”. Faro de Monocloa. Madrid, Spain. (photo Ruben P. Bescos)

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