In 2022 Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) will be the European Capital of Culture, a unique exchange opportunity with Valencia, which on the same dates will be the World Design Capital.
The city of Esch-sur-Alzette has been consolidating for years an urban art festival (Kufa’s Urban Art), in which artists of the stature of Dulk and Okuda or renowned groups as Boa Mistura have already participated.
Last year an intervention by the Valencian artists Jose Francisco Carsí and Miguel Arraiz was scheduled, but due to the pandemic it had to be delayed until this month of June.
Carsí and Arraiz’s proposal consists of a large megaphone that invites participation. Located on one of the main streets of the city, it has become the symbol of the festival this year, and there are many actions carried out by the festival that have this megaphone or a reinterpretation of it as an icon.
Under the title Esch-peakers’ Corner, a large-format megaphone resting on a bench collects, on the one hand, from a QR code, the citizen messages that the inhabitants of Esch upload to the platform, and on the other hand, it allows any citizen to put themselves stand on said platform and launch their messages or reflections to generate debate.
Participation and collaboration is one of the foundations of this festival, and not only does the piece have a collaborative message, but the megaphone itself will be intervened by another artist to complete the dialogue. In this case, the Belgian painter Moshi Moshi will make an intervention on the white part of the megaphone, inspired by the message it wants to convey.
For the realization, execution and management of the art piece in Luxembourg, we have counted on the experience and professionalism of the company VALUA, a startup that offers creative solutions for artistic projects and urban art interventions with the know-how of Fallas artists and technical capacity from the Carsí Artes Plàsticas workshop