28th September 2005




The world’s brightest projector will be used to light up the grounds of the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus as part of a major artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.


For the installation, entitled ‘Under Scan’, the projector will be mounted atop a tall tower, casting shadows of passers-by on the ground. These will be detected by a computer tracking system which will activate video portraits of local people which will ‘come to life’ in the shadows of passing pedestrians.


The piece will be the largest installation of its kind worldwide, spanning over 2,500 square metres.


The £1 million project, funded by the East Midlands Development Agency, will open at the university on 25th November but after ten days it will move around Leicester, Nottingham and Derby before going off on the international art exhibition circuit.

During October, Rafael is embarking a week-long Under Scan public lecture tour which gets underway at the University of Lincoln on Monday 3rd October.


It offers a unique opportunity to hear more about Rafael’s work and take part in open discussions about his many previous major public space installations, his rationale for Under Scan and his aspirations for the impact of the piece.


Rafael has won two BAFTA awards for interactive art, in 2002 and again in 2005.


His work includes high-profile commissions like celebrations for the expansion of the European Union in Dublin; for the United Nations World Summit on Cities in Lyon; to celebrate the millennium in the centre of Mexico City; and to mark the opening of the prestigious Yamaguchi Centre for Art and Media in Japan.


The lecture, entitled ‘Anti-monuments: public takeover of the city’, will be held in the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture Building on Monday 3rd October from 6.30pm till 8.30pm.


To book places on the public lecture tour contact project managers ArtReach on 0116 261 6882.


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk