More light! – installation by Stowarzyszenie Emaus and Marcin Janiszewski’s Maniek Furniture Consignment Store, produced by Workshops of Culture | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 – patio
The combination of the soul of old furniture and an infinite number of lamps creates a mysterious ambiance, enticing people to stop and bask in its intimate radiance. The unconventional character of the installation is emphasized by its location among old tenement houses, where a captivating interplay of shadows and reflections forms a unique mosaic. The installation was created in cooperation with Marcin Janiszewski’s Furniture Consignment Store Maniek in Osmolice and the Emaus Association in Lublin.
Reportedly, as he neared the end of his life, Johann Wolfgang Goethe exclaimed, “More light!” This statement has sparked diverse interpretations. Some propose that he merely desired the windows in his room to be opened, while others view it as a symbolic gesture from the revered poet and philosopher, conveying his profound yearning for enlightenment and progress. It served as a rejection of darkness, stagnation, ignorance, and closed-mindedness.
Goethe’s final words: “More light.” Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that’s been our unifying cry: “More light.” Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlight. Neon. Incandescent. Lights that banish the darkness from our caves, to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier’s field. Little tiny flashlight for those books we read under the covers when we’re supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home- Lead Thou me on! Arise, shine, for thy light has come. Light is knowledge. Light is life. Light is light. Chris Stevens, Northern Exposure
When: 3/4 June 2023, 21.30-2.00
Where: Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 – patio