Coming Soon: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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.

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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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.

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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.

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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

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