RAFAEL LOZANO-HEMMER: LATIDOS, AN AUDIOVISUAL EXPERIENCE

June 14, 2020 | Leilany Rangel

When it comes to artists, their trajectory is a whole experience to get to know their evolution, while contemplating their work, we can see how art has changed over the years to adapt to the new waves. The importance of the viewer interacting with the work is essential to make the experience relatively entertaining and eye-catching for anyone who is an art lover or simply someone who wants to have a culturally enriching experience. 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, has a long trajectory in the artistic world where he has had exhibitions around the world in countries like Japan, United States, Mexico, Canada, where he has presented his work in public and private events, in individual and collective exhibitions. 

Latidos, takes place at Arte Abierto in Mexico City. (One of the art works, 'Remote Pulse' consists of two identical pulse-sensing stations that are interconnected over the internet, one of the stations is at Arte Abierto and the other station is at the Museo Amparo in Puebla.) It is the third biometric exhibition (a mixture between human and technology) by the artist, in which a sample of sensors is carried out, which use the heart frequency of the spectator to activate themselves an involves the kinetic function of the human energy and audiovisual pieces (of the senses of sight and hearing) behaviors. 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Pulse Room", 2006. Shown here: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Latidos, Arte Abierto, Mexico City, Mexico, 2020. Photo by: Mariana Yañez.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Pulse Room", 2006. Shown here: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Latidos, Arte Abierto, Mexico City, Mexico, 2020. Photo by: Mariana Yañez.

As for the facilities, the vital signs of each participant are taken so this helps each one to be active at all times reaction as a snapshot of people's energy, so it always shows up differently when responding to each individual's sensation. 

This is one of the most interesting art works in the exhibition, “Remote Pulse”, with, by a series of censors, a person who is touching the installation can feel the other individual who’s in the opposite side, in the same machine, by the feeling of a pulse from it, as it vibrates like a heartbeat. This was first made for a public large-scale, participatory art installation called “Border Tuner”, which was installed on each side of the US-Mexico border. 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Remote Pulse", 2019.
Shown here: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer:
Latidos, Arte Abierto, Mexico City, Mexico, 2020.
Photo by: Mariana Yañez.

This installation has a very peculiar and unique function, when you place your finger on the sensor, it reads your electrocardiogram and presents it on the screen, after that it takes a picture of your fingerprint to show up into the screen along and multiply it to the 3669 hunches, of your heartbeat. The most impressive thing about it is the way it creates a whole new piece of art with the help of the viewers, anyone who have the opportunity to visit it and enjoy the piece are amazed. 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Remote Pulse, 2019
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Pulse Index", 2010. Shown here: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Latidos, Arte Abierto, Mexico City, Mexico, 2020. Photo by: Mariana Yañez.

Pulse Tank
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Pulse Tank", 2008. Shown here: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Latidos, Arte Abierto, Mexico City, Mexico, 2020. Photo by: Mariana Yañez.

Latidos, by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, invites us to reflect on the wonders of the human being and how every connection is important, every heartbeat, every feeling and reaction of our body is wonderful and what it can achieve is inexplicable. The works in the exhibition detect the pulses of each viewer so that the experience is unique and unparalleled to be able to create your own work of art from yourself because every feeling and behavior is different, therefore, enriches the experience and everyone gets something unique out of it. 

Watch the whole experience here, with tour given by the artist: 

LATIDOS - Recorrido con Rafael Lozano-Hemmer from Arte Abierto on Vimeo.

For more information about the artist & his artworks visit: www.lozano-hemmer.com

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