Fourth large-scale REVEAL projection set to wow audiences



As part of their thrilling REVEAL adventure story and game, Cambridge’s experimental arts company, Collusion, prepares for its fourth large-scale art projection in King’s Lynn this Sunday, 16th December.

REVEAL, dubbed an ‘active reality’ adventure story for the festive season, has been unfolding across King’s Lynn and west Norfolk. Each Sunday from 25 November to 23 December, a light projection and live theatre performance tell more of the story of a young Syrian, Maya, whose quest is to find her lost love Joe, a Norfolk lad. Every day a new clue is revealed. The clues are augmented reality markers dotted around the borough, which can be viewed using a smartphone and the REVEAL website. Anyone, anywhere can be involved and follow the story online.

Interest in the game has been building and in the first two weeks more than 1,000 people are following the story and hunting for clues. Many of these people are engaging from King's Lynn and beyond including Cambridge, London, Norwich, Ely and Peterborough. This week, Collusion announced that they will give £250 to the first person to email in the sentence revealed by the clues.

The fourth large-scale projection is by Cambridge-based Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj. Issam comes from a background of fine art, architecture and theatre design. He was born in Syria and trained at the Institute of Fine Arts in Damascus, the Repin Institute of Fine Arts & Architecture in Leningrad (St Petersburg) and at Wimbledon School of Art (London). Since 1990, he has lived and worked in Cambridge, eventually becoming an Artist in Residence at Christ’s College and a Bye-Fellow (2007-2011), where he is now the Lector in Art.

In 2009, as part of Cambridge University’s celebration of its 800th anniversary, Issam was invited to design the sets for the play Let Newton Be! and for a contemporary dance piece Light Matters, which was presented in the University Senate House. His Cambridge Palimpsest, a puzzle box linking time and archaeology, was also published by Cambridge University Press as part of the celebrations and was presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their first official visit to Cambridge.

His work often relates to the Syrian Crisis and reflects on the destruction of cultural heritage. Issam’s work has been extensively exhibited and collected around the world, in this country and the US, including the British Museum; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Penn Museum, Philadelphia; Goethe-Institut London, and many more.

This Sunday’s REVEAL projection, which promises to be spectacular, relates to migration and knowledge, and integrates words from a poem by Syrian writer Liwaa Yazji.

Image Credit: Collusion