(Mexican b. 1967)
X is not the new Y (X no es la nueva Y), 2011.
Electronic paper screens, Arduino processor, battery, circuit board.
16.5 x 8.6 x 1.8 cm
Courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery (New York).
Photo by: Antimodular Research.
With the push of a button X is not the new Y randomly displays two proper names in the form of a mathematical inequality, drawing from a pool of famous people, companies, and cities. By generating arbitrary associations such as “Johann S. Bach is not the new Sting,” Lozano-Hemmer confuses our sense of history, authority, and organization. While the sentence structure of X is not the new Y rejects a connection between the two names, they are linked to each other in their pervasiveness across cultures, indicative of a form of power.
Lozano-Hemmer’s interest in hidden systems is reflected aesthetically in his refusal to hide the work’s electronic elements. While circuitry is usually concealed beneath a shiny veneer, here it is a prominent part of the work’s overall look, suggesting a desire to expose the mechanics of the familiar.
Rose Bishop, ’17