Body Movies

Relational Architecture 6
Body Movies transforms public space with interactive projections measuring between 400 and 1,800 square metres. Thousands of photographic portraits, previously taken on the streets of the host city, are shown using robotically controlled projectors. However the portraits only appear inside the projected shadows of the passers-by, whose silhouettes can measure between two and twenty-five metres depending on how close or far away they are from the powerful light sources positioned on the ground. A video surveillance tracking system triggers new portraits when all the existing ones have been revealed, inviting the public to occupy new narratives of representation.


Samuel van Hoogstraten's engraving "The Shadow Dance" (Rotterdam, 1675) is the main source of inspiration for this work. Body Movies attempts to misuse technologies of the spectacular so they can evoke a sense of intimacy and complicity instead of provoking distance, euphoria, catharsis, obedience or awe.
Name in spanish: Body Movies
Year of Creation: 2001
Technique: Four 7kW Xenon projectors with robotic rollers, 1,200 Duraclear transparencies, computerised tracking system, plasma screen and mirrors
Dimensions: Variable dimensions
Keywords: database, interactive, outdoor, projection, shadows, sound, tracker.
Photo library (click to expand)
2006 - Museum of Art, HK Arts Development Council, Hong Kong, China
2003 - Duisburg Akzente, Duisburg, Germany
2002 - Sapphire '02, Atlantico Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal
2002 - Liverpool Biennial, Williamson Square, Liverpool, United Kingdom
2001 - Cultural Capital of Europe Festival, V2 Grounding, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Exhibitions

Credits

  • Conroy Badger - programming
  • Julia García, Ana Parga, Donato Lemmo, Elizabeth Anka, Jennifer Laughlin, as well as local photographers for each city - photography
  • Natalie Bouchard, David Lemieux, Olfa Driss, Stephan Schulz - production support

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