Madrid International Festival of Light

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Past editions/2021/Abstract

Collectif Coin

From 8pm to midnight

Puente del Rey Esplanade

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Thanks to Einstein’s revelation in the 20th century, we know that the flow of time does not exist. Physics has repeatedly confirmed that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. It was from this idea that Abstract was born. An installation where movement, sound and light interweave in a repeating loop inspired by the concept of relativity.

In this piece by Collectif Coin, a Grenoble-based art-lab dedicated to multidisciplinary digital shows and installations, time is perceived as a vertical dimension in which pixels travel. A 90-pixel matrix in which each one moves independently on its own vertical axis from ground level to a height of 5 metres. This movement is used to freeze time while onlookers keep their feet firmly on the ground.


Puente del Rey: constructed in 1816 upon the order of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, after who this bridge is named. It was built with the purpose of connecting the then recently constructed Royal Palace with the parks and gardens of Casa de Campo, which opened for public use in 1931. With this in mind, the bridge was expanded. Now 25 metres in width, it is a space used and enjoyed by all citizens of the capital.

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