This event pairs two seminal figures working at the vanguard of art, technology, and media to explore equations of monumentality, public space, and the challenges of contemporary social life.
Through his projections, vehicles, and other media that constitute creative acts of political insurgency, Krzysztof Wodiczko has been developing his modes of Interrogative Design since the 1970’s, bringing issues of war, political repression, and stories of human migration, conflict, and trauma to light in remarkable ways. Taking up a similar socio-political mantle in the next generation, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s immersive, interactive public installations deploy light, sound, and images in uncanny ways to create an opening for spontaneous and unpredictable human encounters.
Drawing on their recent collaboration on the Zoom Pavilion — and their shared affinities and convictions about the need to enable a more democratic public sphere by giving an active voice and image to those who often go unrepresented in society — Wodiczko and Lozano-Hemmer will make a joint presentation of their projects, interrogating each other about motives, methods, and the contemporary politics that animate their respective practices.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (b. 1967, Mexico City) develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. He creates platforms for public participation using technologies such as robotic lights, digital fountains, computerized surveillance, media walls and telematic networks. He was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition at Palazzo Van Axel in 2007. He has also shown at Biennials in Cuenca, Havana, Istanbul, Kochi, Liverpool, Melbourne NGV, Moscow, New Orleans, New York ICP, Seoul, Seville, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. His public art has been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), the Student Massacre Memorial in Tlatelolco (2008), the Vancouver Olympics (2010) and the pre-opening exhibition of the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi (2015). Collections holding his work include MoMA, Guggenheim and Museo del Barrio in New York, TATE and Science Museum in London, Jumex and MUAC in Mexico City, DAROS in Zurich, MONA in Hobart, ZKM in Karlsruhe, NGV in Melbourne, SAM in Singapore, and many others. In 2018 Lozano-Hemmer was the subject of 7 solo exhibitions worldwide, including a major show at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, a public art installation transforming a 2,000 year old Roman Theatre in Basel and a mid-career retrospective co-produced by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and SFMOMA. Read More
Want to learn more about Rafael?
A Conversation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Canadian Art