Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Please Empty Your Pockets – Subsculpture 12 (2010) consists of a conveyer belt that scans and records objects placed on it. Viewers are encouraged to put small items such as keys, jewelry, and cell phones on the conveyer belt. After the object passes through the scanner, the conveyer belt shows an image of the item, along with other objects that have recently been scanned. Lozano-Hemmer’s work stores up to 600,000 items. Please Empty Your Pockets parallels airport security protocol, and reminds participants that technology makes information permanent.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Please Empty Your Pockets – Subsculpture 12, 2010, conveyor belt, mac mini computer, HD projectors, HD camera
Amy Shirer ’18
Sydney Moss is a Junior from Westport Connecticut. For a change of pace from our usual student artist spotlight, Sydney Moss is neither an art major, nor an art minor. Sydney majors in English here at Kenyon College, yet art is an extremely important part of her life here on campus.
Medium of Choice
Sydney’s favorite medium to work through is pen and ink. She has however just recently gotten into painting, as she is enrolled in the Kenyon course “fundamentals of oil painting.” Sydney has enjoyed expanding her artistic horizons and honing her skills through a new medium.
Art Classes for Non-Majors
Sydney has had an affinity for art for a long time, having kept a notebook of her work all throughout high school. Unfortunately, having decided to pursue English in college, she found herself not having enough time to continue with art in her leisure time. Sydney spoke emphatically about her content with being a non-art major in art classes, having said that her perspective on a semester is largely influenced by whether or not she has a class like drawing or painting to use as an artistic outlet. Sydney expressed that she learns a lot from her art classes here at Kenyon, going as far to say that the art department is perhaps her favorite on campus. Learning about new sources of inspiration, and having her passion for art fostered by excellent professors, Sydney is happy to be a student artist on campus.
Sphere Packing (2014) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer features five 3D-printed orbs suspended from the ceiling. Earbuds are inserted in the spheres, which softly play a single composer’s music. Each orb represents one composer, and the size of each sphere correlates to how prolific the composer was. Composers displayed include Hildegard Von Bingen, Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, and John Cage. When viewers pass by Sphere Packing, it is nearly impossible to differentiate the various composers. However, participants are encouraged to put their heads close to each separate orb where they can start to hear individual compositions. Lozano-Hemmer’s piece subverts the experience of using headphones; usually, headphones only allow the individual wearing them to hear music, but here, multiple people can listen at the same time.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sphere Packing, 2014, 3D-printed sphere using different materials depending on the composer, massive multi-channel sound system, custom-made electronics, stainless steel, IR remote control
Amy Shirer ’18