Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Since 2002
Works in Madrid Spain

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BIO
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada.

Electronic artist, develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation, by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival and animatronics, his light and shadow works are “antimonuments for alien agency”.

His work has been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the UN World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003), the opening of the YCAM Center in Japan (2003), the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), the memorial for the Tlatelolco Student Massacre in Mexico City (2008), the 50th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2009) and the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (2010).

His kinetic sculptures, responsive environments, video installations and photographs have been shown in museums in four dozen countries. In 2007 he was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition at Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel. He has also shown at Art Biennials in Sydney, Liverpool, Shanghai, Istanbul, Seville, Seoul, Havana and New Orleans. His work is in private and public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Jumex collection in Mexico, the Museum of 21st Century Art in Kanazawa, the Daros Foundation in Zürich and TATE in London.

He has received two BAFTA British Academy Awards for Interactive Art in London, a Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, a distinction at the SFMOMA Webby Awards in San Francisco, "Artist of the year" Rave Award in Wired Magazine, a Rockefeller fellowship, the Trophée des Lumières in Lyon and an International Bauhaus Award in Dessau.

He has given many workshops and conferences, among them at Goldsmiths college, the Bartlett school, Princeton, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Cooper Union, MIT MediaLab, Guggenheim Museum, LA MOCA, Netherlands Architecture Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago. His writing has been published in Kunstforum (Germany), Leonardo (USA), Performance Research (UK), Telepolis (Germany), Movimiento Actual (Mexico), Archis (Netherlands), Aztlán (USA) and other art and media publications.
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OPPORTUNITY

cfp Life 7.0 awards


Deadline:
Wed Nov 03, 2004 00:00

LIFE 7.0 International Competition - Call for Participation

Announcing the sixth edition of the competition on "art and artificial life" sponsored by the Telefonica Foundation in Madrid. We are looking for outstanding electronic art projects employing techniques such as digital genetics, autonomous robotics, recursive chaotic algorithms, knowbots,
computer viruses, wetware, embodied artificial intelligence, avatars, evolving behaviours and virtual ecosystems.

An international jury -- Chris Csikszentmihalyi (US), Daniel Garcia Andujar (Spain), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico/Canada), Jose-Carlos Mariategui (Peru), Fiona Raby (UK) and Nell Tenhaaf (Canada)-- will grant four cash awards totaling 20,000 Euros.

The competition's website at http://www.vidalife.org has the guidelines, application form, and information on the previous award-winners, including texts, videos, images and links.

Deadline: Wednesday, November 3, 2004.

For further information, please visit http://www.vidalife.org
For questions concerning eligibility of entries: Nell Tenhaaf, Artistic Director


DISCUSSION

Amodal Suspension @ YCAM


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YAMAGUCHI CENTER FOR ARTS AND MEDIA (YCAM) WILL OPEN WITH "AMODAL
SUSPENSION", A NEW INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION BY RAFAEL LOZANO-HEMMER

From the 1st to the 24th of November 2003, short text messages sent by
people over the Internet or by cell phone will be converted into patterns of
flashing lights in the sky, turning the Japanese city of Yamaguchi into a
giant communication switchboard. The piece will be located in the public
space around the new YCAM Center and will be accessible through address
http://www.amodal.net

PROJECT OVERVIEW

"Amodal Suspension" will be a large-scale interactive installation where
people may send short text messages to each other using a cell phone or web
browser connected to address www.amodal.net. However, rather than being sent
directly, the messages will be encoded as unique sequences of flashes and
sent to the sky with a network of robotically-controlled lights. The
signaling will be similar to Morse code or the flashing of fireflies, --the
lights will modulate their intensity to represent different Japanese and
Western characters. Each message, once encoded, will be "suspended" in the
sky of Yamaguchi, bouncing around the center of the city, relayed from one
searchlight to another. Each light sequence will continue to circulate until
somebody "catches" the message and reads it. To catch a text, participants
must again use the cell phone or computer programs provided at
www.amodal.net. To highlight the irony of globalization, the piece will use
an automatic translation engine between Japanese and English, --this will
produce inaccurate but charming results.

"Amodal Suspension" will create an interactive mesh of light over the city,
a floating cloud of data that can be written on and read. The piece will
provide a connective platform in which local residents and remote
participants from different regions and countries can establish ad hoc
relationships. While visualizing the traffic of information on an urban
scale, the piece is also intended as a deviation from the assumed
transparency of electronic communication.

"AMODAL SUSPENSION - RELATIONAL ARCHITECTURE 8"
PERIOD: November 1-24, 2003 every night from dusk to dawn
VENUE: YCAM and the central park of Yamaguchi-city
ACCESS: Computers, mobile phones and local access kiosks connected to the
web address www.amodal.net. Special

DISCUSSION

cfp: Life 6.0 awards


LIFE 6.0 International Competition - Call for Participation

Announcing the fifth edition of the competition on "art and artificial
life" sponsored by the Telefonica Foundation in Madrid. We are looking for
outstanding electronic art projects employing techniques such as digital
genetics, autonomous robotics, recursive chaotic algorithms, knowbots,
computer viruses, embodied artificial intelligence, avatars, evolving
behaviours and virtual ecosystems.

An international jury --Daniel Canogar, Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Machiko
Kusahara, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jane Prophet and Nell Tenhaaf-- will grant
four cash awards totaling 20,000 Euros.

The competition's website at http://www.vidalife.org has the guidelines,
application form, and information on the previous award-winners, including
texts, videos, images and links.

Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2003.

For further information, please visit http://www.vidalife.org
For questions concerning eligibility of entries: Nell Tenhaaf, Artistic
Director <tenhaaf@yorku.ca>

DISCUSSION

Life 5.0, Jury Statement


The jury for the Life 5.0 competition in Madrid

OPPORTUNITY

CFP: new deadline, Life 5.0 competition


Deadline:
Fri Nov 08, 2002 00:00

x x x Deadline Extended x x x
"Life 5.0" Art and A-life competition
Searching for robots, viruses, avatars, algorithms, virtual environments
Sponsored by the Telefonica Foundation, Madrid, Spain
Twenty thousand Euros will be awarded
New deadline: November 8, 2002
Information and application form http://www.vidalife.org