Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at bitforms

September 3, 2006

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s new sense-and-display artworks will be exhibited at bitforms between September 15 and October 21, 2006. He’ll also be giving an artist talk on September 12 at 7pm (call bitforms for reservations):

Shown for the first time, Close up and Third Person are part of the Shadow Box series that builds up on Lozano-Hemmer’s concepts developed in Under Scan, and in which passers-by activate portraits in their own shadows. Each of the pieces features a high resolution, 30-inch diagonal, interactive display, made of steel and black anodized aluminum and including a built-in computerized tracking system. Close up creates the viewer’s image with hundreds of tiny videos of other people who have recently looked at the work. When a viewer approaches, the system automatically makes a video. Up to 800 recent recordings are simultaneously triggered inside the viewer’s silhouette, suggesting a schizoid experience where people’s image sets off a massive array of surveillance videos. In Third Person, the interactive display draws the viewer’s portrait in real time with hundreds of tiny words, which are all the English and Spanish verbs conjugated in the third person. In addition to these two pieces, the exhibition will include a video of Lozano-Hemmer’s critically acclaimed, large-scale public art installation, Under Scan, along with Under Scan Portraits (Lambda print), and a book of signature of the 800 people who participated in this project. (rhizome)

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