1. "Tape Recorders" - MCA Sydney (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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    "Tape Recorders," 2011 Subsculpture 14 motorised measuring tapes, kinect tracking systems, computers, cameras, thermal printer, custom-made hardware and software dimensions variable Rows of motorised measuring tapes record the amount of time that visitors stay in the installation. As a computerised tracking system detects the presence of a person, the closest measuring tape starts to project upwards. When the tape reaches around 3m high it crashes and recoils back. Each hour, the system prints the total number of minutes spent by the sum of all visitors. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about Lozano-Hemmer's work, please visit: http://bit.ly/pSbJgx http://bit.ly/HeemCA

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    • "Voice Array" at MCA Sydney (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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      "Voice Array," 2011 Subsculpture 13 intercom, 576 white LED lights, holosonic speaker, custom-made hardware and software display dimensions variable "Voice Array" is a construction for vocal improvisation that uses blinking LEDs and a customized intercom system of audio playback and recording. Capturing hundreds of voices and translating each one into a series of light flashes, the piece stores a unique pattern as a loop in the first light of the array, until the next participant speaks into the intercom. Each new recording is pushed along its long horizontal band of LEDs, as sounds of the voices gradually accumulate. When the first voice reaches the other side of the piece, the participant’s phrase is once again released as sound, punctuated by the staggering pulsation of all the lights in tandem. The ever-changing voices stored by the piece play back through a directional speaker, during moments of less activity. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about Lozano-Hemmer's work, please visit: http://bit.ly/pSbJgx http://bit.ly/HeemCA

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      • Tunnel

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        Once again, the Rückenfigur (back figure) with light, memory and a public art installation in NYC. In this work the Rückenfigur literally is walking backward and forward; toward the light and darkness and /or away from it. I created a mash up from the sound I recorded on site with some electronic sounds. I filmed this inside the Park Avenue Tunnel in New York City during the fantastic “Voice Tunnel” a light and sound installation by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. My video piece is not a documentation of the installation but a render of my experience of it, the moment, place and people and of course the sound an important element of Rafael's piece. For a more straightforward documentation of the event please google "Voice Tunnel" along with the artist's name you will get many many wonderful options as it was a well covered happening. Below is an explanation of the installation as published by the Department of Transportation, one of the commissioning agents. About "Voice Tunnel" "Voice Tunnel" an interactive light and sound installation by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, transforms the New york City 1,400 foot long Park Avenue Tunnel with 300 theatrical spotlights that produce glimmering arches of light along the tunnel’s walls and ceiling. Participants influence the intensity of each light by speaking into an intercom at the tunnel’s center that records their voice and loops it. Louder speech increases the lights’ brightness proportionally, creating a Morse-like code of flashes throughout the tunnel. The individual voices can be heard as pedestrians walk through the tunnel, on 150 loudspeakers, one beside each light arch and synchronized with it. At any given time, the tunnel is illuminated by the voices of the past 75 participants. As new participants speak into the intercom, older recordings get pushed away by one position down the array of light fixtures until they leave the tunnel, so that the content of the piece is constantly changing.

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        • "Last Breath" (2012) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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          "Last Breath", 2012 motor, bellows, plexiglass, digital display, custom circuitry, respiration tubing, brown paper bags respirator: 23.62 x 10.83 x 9.06" / 60 x 27.5 x 23 cm tube up to 32.8' / 10 m long Edition of 6, 3 AP Installation view at The Eleventh Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba, 2012. "Last Breath" is a robotic installation that stores and circulates the breath of a person forever, between a bellows and a brown paper bag. The apparatus is automatically activated 10,000 times per day, the typical respiratory frequency for an adult at rest. With each breath the piece generates quiet sounds from the bellows, the motor and the crackling of the paper bag. The piece also sighs 158 times a day. For the exhibition in New York, the piece is a biometric portrait of Cuban singer Omara Portuondo. A short video of her recording her breath into the device is shown on a small screen mounted to the wall. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about Lozano-Hemmer's work, please visit: bit.ly/pSbJgx bit.ly/HeemCA

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          • "Nave Solar" at Laboratorio Arte Alameda (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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            "Nave Solar", 2011 projectors, computers, surveillance cameras, PA system, steel-aluminium-plasterboard sphere, custom-made software running Navier-Stokes, Perlin noise, fractal flames and reaction-diffusion equations dimensions variable (sphere 19.7 ft / 6 m in diameter) "Nave Solar" is an interactive installation designed for the former convent of San Diego, site of the catholic inquisition in Mexico City, now Laboratorio Arte Alameda. A six meter in diameter sphere hangs from the dome of the interior of the church, half the size of the nave itself. Projected onto the sphere is a real time simulation of the activity that occurs on the solar corona, the upper atmosphere of the sun. The images projected on the sphere are generated by mathematical equations that engender turbulence, flares, ejections and sunspots, mixed with more recent imagery obtained by NASA's solar observatories. A camera detects the movement of the public, feeding the equations so that the behaviour of the sphere changes depending on the activity in the exhibition hall. The Sun has 11 different seasons each of which also has its own parametric sound environment. From this "fake sun" a rope hangs to the floor level of the nave. This rope allows visitors to swing over the entire nave and their pendular motion influences the solar equations above: if no one participates the Sun is quiet and calm, as there is movement the projections get more turbulent and the Sun begings to rotate along its vertical axis. The shadow of participants is projected onto the apse of the church and a second tracking system automatically generates smoke which is mapped onto the architecture in such a way that it accumulates on the ceiling of the apse. The installation is inspired by the Christian Botafumeiro, the Foucault pendulum demonstrating the rotation of the earth, or the form of torture and execution of the Inquisition that Edgar Allan Poe described in his 1842 story "The Pit and the Pendulum". Nave Solar is designed to evoke the myth of Icarus, the TV games of Luis Manuel Pelayo, and the synchronization of pendulum clocks that Huygens discovered in 1665. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about Lozano-Hemmer's work, please visit: bit.ly/pSbJgx bit.ly/HeemCA

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            • "Pulse Tank" (2008) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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              "Pulse Tank," 2008 ripple tank, heart rate sensors, solenoids, computer, spotlight, custom software and hardware 61 x 94.5 x 35.5" / 155 x 240 x 90 cm edition of 6 Installation view at NOMA Museum, Prospect.1, New Orleans Bienniale, New Orleans, LA. "Pulse Tank" records the heartbeats of viewers. Their pulses reverberate through the water as ripples, radiating outwards from the source and illuminated on the surrounding walls. The vital signs of up to 5 people can be simultaneously detected, creating turbulent patterns in the water. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about Lozano-Hemmer's work, please visit: bit.ly/pSbJgx bit.ly/HeemCA

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              • "Surface Tension" at La Gaîté Lyrique (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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                "Surface Tension," 1992 computer, plasma screen or rear-projection screen, sensor, custom software dimensions variable edition of 5, 1 AP Installation view at La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France, 2011. "Surface Tension" is an interactive installation where an image of a giant human eye follows the observer with orwellian precision.This work was inspired by a reading of Georges Bataille's text The Solar Anusduring the first Gulf War: first wide-spread deployment of camera-guided "intelligent bombs". Present-day computerised surveillance techniques employed by the Department of Homeland Security in the United States through the Patriot Act, provide a new and distressing backdrop for this piece. The installation was originally developed in 1992 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as a stage module for a theatre work by the Transition State Theory troupe. Since then, Surface Tension has been presented as an art installation, typically on a plasma screen. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about Lozano-Hemmer's work, please visit: bit.ly/pSbJgx bit.ly/HeemCA

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                • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer 'Underscan'

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                  'Underscan' downloaded from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's website www.lozano-hemmer.com/videos/underscan_lincoln.mov

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                  • "Solar Equation" (2010) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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                    "Solar Equation," 2010 Aerostat, 5 HD projectors, 7 computers, custom software 14m / 48' balloon "Solar Equation" is a large-scale public art installation that consists of a faithful simulation of the Sun, 100 million times smaller than the real thing. Commissioned by the Light in Winter Festival in Melbourne, the piece features the world's largest spherical balloon, custom-manufactured for the project, which is tethered over Federation Square and animated using five projectors. The solar animation on the balloon is generated by live mathematical equations that simulate the turbulence, flares and sunspots that can be seen on the surface of the Sun. This produces a constantly changing display that never repeats itself, giving viewers a glimpse of the majestic phenomena that are observable at the solar surface and that only relatively recent advances in astronomy have discovered. The project uses the latest SOHO and SDO solar observatory imaging available from NASA, overlaid with live animations derived from Navier-Stokes, reaction diffusion, perlin, particle systems and fractal flame equations. Using an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, people may disturb the animations in real-time and select different fluid dynamic visualizations. You can download the free app from here: http://itunes.apple.com/app/solar-equation/id375165357?mt=8 While pertinent environmental questions of global warming, drought, or UV radiation might arise from the contemplation of this piece, "Solar Equation" intends to likewise evoke romantic environments of ephemerality, mystery and paradox, such as those from Blake or Goethe. Every culture has a unique set of solar mythologies and this project seeks to be a platform for both the expression of traditional symbolism and the emergence of new stories. Just like the installation depends on the world's brightest projectors to exist, conceptually the piece is open for the public to make their own symbolic projection and interpretation. Some might experience the work as a traditional son-et-lumiere spectacle, other as a didactic visualization of natural forces, while others as a call to action to harness the sustainability of solar power. Coincidentally, the sun's generates its own energy by nuclear fusion of hydrogen nuclei into helium, the inert gas that is used to fly the maquette. Download a pdf file with detailed information on the project including historical precedents, technical and practical details: http://www.lozano-hemmer.com/texts/downloadable/SolarEquation2LQNB.pdf Dimensions: Aerostat has 14 meters diameter Technique: Spherical captive balloon, helium, tethers and winches, 5 HD projectors, 7 computers with custom-made software, wifi network, iOS app. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about Lozano-Hemmer's work, please visit: bit.ly/pSbJgx bit.ly/HeemCA

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                    • "Pulse Index" at MCA Sydney (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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                      "Pulse Index," 2010 plasma screen or projector, computer, digital microscope, industrial camera, metal enclosure, custom software screen: 54.6 x 33.8 x 1.4" / 138.7 x 85.9 x 3.6 cm also available as a projection in any size Installation view at MCA Sydney, Australia. "Pulse Index" is an interactive installation that records participants’ fingerprints at the same time as it detects their heart rates. The piece displays data for the last 509 participants in a stepped display that creates a horizon line of skin. To participate, people introduce their finger into a custom-made sensor equipped with a 220x digital microscope and a heart rate sensor; their fingerprint immediately appears on the largest cell of the display, pulsating to their heart beat. As more people try the piece one’s own recording travels upwards until it disappears altogether — a kind of memento mori using fingerprints, the most commonly used biometric image for identification. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about Lozano-Hemmer's work, please visit: http://bit.ly/pSbJgx http://bit.ly/HeemCA

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