Rafael Lozano-Hemmer – Light Artist

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexico City electronic artist that develops interactive installations which fuse architecture and performance art. His studio in Montreal consists of  14 coworkers that include programmers and creators. The works Hemmer produces are focused on public participation since “if nobody shows up, there’s no show,” Hemmer. His large scale installations have been displayed all around the globe including Mexico City, Europe, Japan, Canada, and the United States. One of his most famous interactive exhibitions is his “Pulse Index” piece that is currently displayed at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.

Surface Tension: Eye moves follows individual in front of it.

His works are created using a wide variety of open hardware like Arduino and software that ranges from processing to OpenCV. An interesting fact about his Pseudomatisms exhibition is that he published his source code for programmers to look at. This is the first time that an interactive art show has published code alongside its catalog.

Finally, Hemmer states, “Ultimately, all art that interests me is all about death. Montaigne said that to philosophize is to learn how to die. I think art does the same. Why do we make art? Well, because we are concerned that we have a finite amount of time.”

Pulse Park: Participants heart rate modulate the spotlights to create light show.
Pulse Room: Records the heart beat of each participant and sets the closest light bulb to the heart beat. This means each light bulb has the a unique heartbeat.
Standards and Double Standards: Suspended Belts turn towards individual in the room or if there is s crows they turn randomly.
Eye Contact: 800 videos of people laying down, they wake up individually when it tracks someone in front of it.
Please Empty Your Pockets: Conveyor belt that scans objects placed on it and adds a digital image of the object on the belt. Stores up to 600,000 objects.
Pulse Tank: Detects heart rate of participant and converts it into water waves that are then projected to the wall. This creates a spectacular light show.

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