Body Movies used over
one thousand portraits - which were taken on the streets
of Rotterdam, Madrid, Mexico and Montreal - and screened those through robotically controlled projectors located around the
square. The portraits only appeared inside the
projected shadows of local passers-by.
As soon as someone walked on the square, his or her
shadow was projected and the portraits were revealed within
it. When no one was walking past the Schouwburgplein
the portraits could not be seen, since the light sources
on the floor completely washed them off.
The people on the square were
invited to embody different representational narratives.
Up to 80 people could take part at any given time, controlling
1,200 square metres of projections and creating a collective
experience that nonetheless allowed discreet individual
The shadow interface was in reference
to Samuel van Hoogstraten's engraving The Shadow Dance
which appears in his Inleiding tot de Hogeschool der Schilderkunst.
This engraving, made in Rotterdam in 1675, shows a minute
source of light placed at ground level and the shadows of
actors taking on demonic or angelic characteristics depending
on their size.
Body Movies by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (2001) from V2_ on Vimeo.