Contiguity

INTERVENTION IN PUBLIC SPACE, 2015

Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Kopernika Street

A street light serves to ensure safety, it lights up the road and guarantees that nearby, there is civilisation and shelter. The gesture of covering up the street light with a piece of black fabric brings a game of uncertainty and chance into the space. It takes away its basic function, making a glimmering phantom out of an element of urban infrastructure. It emphasises the peripherality, constituting a funeral sign of the end of town buildings. This action symbolically makes it possible for natural darkness to enter the city. (The interference took place in the outskirts of Nowe Miasto Lubawskie).
Peripheries are darker spots on the map, understood as the opposite of excessively illuminated city centres. This opposition can betray a certain atavistic and civilisational fear of darkness.