Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Last Breath, 2012

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Last Breath
Artist name
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Date created
motor, bellows, Plexiglas, digital display, custom circuitry, Arduino processor, respiration tubing, paper bag, and HD video with sound on screen; Participant and breath: Pauline Oliveros
23 5/8 in. × 10 13/16 in. × 9 1/16 in. (60 cm × 27.5 cm × 23 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase
© Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain
Permanent URL
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer discusses Last Breath (2012), a mechanical sculpture that captures the breath of a given person in an imperfect attempt to retain their presence even after they have passed away. The iteration of this work included in SFMOMA’s Soundtracks exhibition displays the breath of the late experimental composer Pauline Oliveros, an influential Bay Area performer and teacher.

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