CaixaForum, Barcelona 

From 05/11/2002 to 30/03/2003

Curated by Nimfa Bisbe

Event Invitation

Press Release

Every evening at sundown, Chema Alvargonzalez’ light installation will come to life, inviting the public to interact with the work – or rather, to turn the lights on and off – until dawn, at www.puntosdeluz.net (not available anymore) This can be done from the CaixaForum Mediatheque or anywhere else in the world. The website offers the visiting public a wide range of proposals at any time of day, such as a chance to discover the architecture of this erstwhile factory of moderniste style through a virtual tour plotted by artist Chema Alvargonzalez, or create a poetic constellation over the building. Puntosdeluz.net thus interrelates the physical space of CaixaForum and the virtual realm of Internet, confronting the specificity of architecture and getting visitors to interact. The project has been coordinated by the Contemporary Art Collection and Mediatheque departments of “la Caixa” Foundation.

Chema Alvargonzalez’s light installation marks the beginning of the Open Spaces cycle, a new proposal coordinated by the Contemporary Art Collection Department of the “la Caixa” Foundation. It is coming into being with the mission to turn CaixaForum into a space for artistic creation. Open Spaces will be participated in by artists with strong backgrounds in public installations and projects, such as Chema Alvargonzalez or Soledad Sevilla, who will present her work in the CaixaForum Secret Garden at the beginning of the year.

The cycle is devoted to the production and presentation of projects by artists in the spaces outside the CaixaForum exhibition galleries. The suggestive architecture of the old textile mill, featuring its facades, inner passageways and towers, as well as the new entrance into the cultural centre designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki will be the framework of this programme, which is meant to spark a new complicity between artists and public, in addition to becoming a lively, dynamic exchange platform.