Kenyon College
 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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Born in Mexico City, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (1962) now splits his time between Montreal and Madrid, making kinetic sculptures, responsive public environments, and video installations that examine everything from globalization rhetoric to urban surveillance. A winner of the International Bauhaus Award and the Wired “Artist of the Year” Rave Award, he holds a bachelor of science degree in physical chemistry from Concordia University in Montreal. Although not an actor, he has received two BAFTA British Academy Awards—both for interactive installations he produced in London.

Technology has become the language or the unavoidable medium for our thoughts. I work with technology not because it is original, but precisely because it is inevitable and commonplace in our global society.” —Fagone, Chiara, “Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: progettare l’imprevedibile [designing the unexpected],” D-Lux, No. 5, Milan, Italy, April 2009.

Today digital art, actually all art, has awareness. This has always been true, but we have now become aware of art’s awareness. Pieces listen to us, they see us, they sense our presence and wait for us to inspire them, and not the other way around.” —Fagone, Chiara, “Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: progettare l’imprevedibile [designing the unexpected],” D-Lux, No. 5, Milan, Italy, April 2009.

In my work I try to encourage exceptionalism, eccentric reading of the environment, alien memories (meaning, those that don’t belong to the site). I don’t want to develop site-specific installations but rather focus on the new temporal relationships that emerge from the artificial situation.” —Fagone, Chiara, “Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: progettare l’imprevedibile [designing the unexpected],” D-Lux, No. 5, Milan, Italy, April 2009.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
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