Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (CA/MX) develops large scale urban interactive interventions - 'temporary antimonuments for alien agency'.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer [1998 © Jan Sprij]

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican-Canadian electronic artist working in relational architecture, technological theatre and performance art: his large-scale urban spectacles are something between a video-installation, a kinetic sculpture and an participatory piece. Another aspect of his work involves surveillance, presence / absence, perception / deception or issues of portability and preservation; both of which accentuate our constant interaction with technology.

In his theatrical interactive installations in public spaces, he usually deploys new technologies and custom-made physical interfaces. Using robotics, projections, sound, internet and cell-phone links, sensors and other devices, these installations aim to provide "temporary antimonuments for alien agency", seeking to interrupt the increasingly homogenized urban condition by providing critical platforms for participation. 

Lozano-Hemmer's work is part of the MOMA and Tate Collections, he has been received commissions, and shown in over a dozen countries. His writing has been published in art and media publications, and he has been a member of several international juries and led many workshops and conferences. He represented Mexico at the Venice Biennale 2007, and has received an Ars Electronica Golden Nica in 2000, a Wired magazine’s Artist/performer of the year award in 2003, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2005, as well as the award for Best Installation at the Interactive Digital Media Awards in Toronto, a Cyberstar award in Germany, a distinction at the SFMOMA Webby Awards in San Francisco, and an Excellence Prize at the CG Arts Media Art Festival in Tokyo.

With V2_, he participated in Making Art of Databases (2003) and TransUrbanism (2002).


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