Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates interactive installations that bridge the chasm between performance art and architecture. His goal is to produce works with which the public can interact. As an electronic artist, Lozano-Hemmer utilizes technologies such as computerized surveillance, robotics, and video.
Past projects include Sway (2016), a computer-controlled kinetic sculpture. The curator manages how often the noose will sway. It defaults to swing once every 40-60 seconds, symbolizing the rate of homicides in the world, but can also be programmed to move according to the frequency of suicides, rate of journalists killed, or drug-war related killings.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sway, 2016, rope, teensy micro-controller, DC motor and driver, wood and steel, 72 x 72 x 210 cm
Another one of Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive installations, Pulse Index (2010) records a viewer’s fingerprint and simultaneously identifies their heart rate. Fingerprints are displayed on a screen, while pulsating to the given heart rate. The work exhibits the data of the last 765 participants. As more people input their information, viewers watch as their own fingerprint disappears.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Pulse Index, 2010, plasma screen or projector, computer, digital microscope, industrial camera, metal enclosure, custom software, 58 inch Plasma monitor
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Transition States will be on view at the Gund Gallery and throughout campus from October 10, 2016 to January 2, 2017.
Amy Shirer ’18