Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Border Tuner / Sintonizador Fronterizo, Relational Architecture 23, 2019; photo: Monica Lozano
Free, Talks

Artist Talk: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Thursday, Sept 30, 2021

6 p.m. PDT

Stream a recording of this event here.

Join us for a talk with artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, whose work is on view as part of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence (beginning October 2, Floor 7). Working between architecture, technology, and performance, Lozano-Hemmer creates large-scale, participatory installations that he calls “anti-monuments.” Focusing on the political dimensions of his work in public space, Lozano-Hemmer will discuss works such as Voz Alta (Loud Voice), a memorial commissioned for the fortieth anniversary of the student massacre in the Tlatelolco section of Mexico City on October 2, 1968, and the large-scale immersive installation, Border Tuner / Sintonizador Fronterizo, designed to interconnect the cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

This talk is part of New Territory: Beyond the US/Mexico Border, a series of public programs exploring the relationship between art, design, and the US-Mexico border as a region unto itself, with its own communities and connections.

About the artist

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada.

As a media artist working 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. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival, and animatronics, his light and shadow works are “anti-monuments for alien agency.”