Menschen – Philippe Morvan (FR)

Menschen was originally presented in Leipzig in 2019 to mark the 30th anniversary of the peaceful revolution of 1989. It pays tribute to the protesters of the day. It consists of 960 torches installed in a hanging crown. Each one represents an individual.  Collected in some thirty European countries, they also symbolise the cultural diversity of Europe. Menschen is a memorial installation that evokes the memory of an object that was once present in every home to guide, reassure, gather and, sometimes, monitor or control. By day, this work is a real cabinet of curiosities. By night, it becomes an immersive experience, with graphic, light and sound effects.

A collection of autonomous lamps (incl. batteries) for Ukraine will be organised around this work during the festival. After Leipzig (2019) and Lyon (2022), this project will be presented in our capital during the Bright Festival. Following the on-site collection, these torches will be handed over to Ukraine as a joint action of several European Light Festival cities. This project symbolises international cooperation, actively involves the local people and sends out a strong signal for freedom and human rights. Everyone is welcome to bring functional electric torches (incl. batterie!) to the Info Point of the Royal itinerary during the Bright Festival from 16 to 19 February (19:00>23:00)!

Philippe Morvan graduated from the Van Der Kelen School of Art in Brussels in 1987 and began his career creating sets for the theatre and cinema. He has collaborated with many international set designers and uses his experience to create installations based on light and sound for public spaces.

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> Address to bring electric torches : Bright Festival Info Point, Place Albertine, 1000 Brussels ( from 16 to 19 February, 19:00>23:00)

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