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