Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (2005-03-11)

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Practice: New Media
Date of Lecture: 2005-03-11


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a new media artist whose work explores the intersections of technologies, urban space, and active audience participation. In his most famous piece, Vectorial Elevation, eighteen tele-robotic searchlights were placed on the rooftops of buildings surrounding Zocalo Plaza, the public square of Mexico City. By using a web-accessible interface that provided control of the searchlights, members of the general public were able to design immense outdoor light sculptures. Initially commissioned as part of Mexico’s celebration of the arrival of the new millennium, subsequent versions of the project have been presented in Dublin and Lyon. Other works by Lozano-Hemmer include 1000 Platitudes, a project involving the projection of 70 meter high images onto public buildings and Frequency and Volume a piece which visualizes the public airwaves and allows participants to scan the radio spectrum of the city with their bodies.

Vectorial Elevation, Relational Architecture 4 (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain)  Photo by David Quintas

Lozano-Hemmer is currently the recipient of a Canada Council-National Research Council fellowship which will allow him to employ new industrial materials in his interactive installations. Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City and grew up in Montreal where he completed a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry at Concordia University. His work has been shown in two dozen countries and has been included in important exhibitions at Art Basel Unlimited, the Liverpool Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial, and the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media. Lozano-Hemmer has been honoured with awards from the IDMA (Best Installation), I.D. Magazine (Design Review Gold Award) and Wired Magazine (Artist/performer of the year).

Additional Links: http://www.lozano-hemmer.com/

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