Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence

Edited by Rudolf Frieling and François LeTourneux

Foreword by Neal Benezra and John Zeppetelli; introduction by Rudolf Frieling and Lesley Johnstone; contributions by Olivier Asselin, Merete Carlson and Ulrik Schmidt, Sean Cubitt, Tatiana Flores, Robin Adèle Greeley, François LeTourneux, and Gloria Sutton

176 pages, 9 ½ x 11 inches, hardcover

Published in 2021

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s installations engage the audience in unique and seductive ways—measuring their heart rate, surveilling their faces, even circulating their breath. Often characterized by particular interactions between the work and the viewer, Lozano-Hemmer’s art explores themes such as forced cohabitations, power imbalances, and contemporary techniques of surveillance and control. This mid-career retrospective catalogue focuses on works produced over the past two decades. It includes an introduction by the exhibition curators, four essays that explore the poetic and political dimensions of the artist’s work, along with in-depth examinations of four major works—Zoom Pavilion, Vicious Circular Breathing, Voz Alta, and Pulse Room. It also features full-color illustrations of twenty recent works, including a newly created immersive sound environment, Sphere Packing: Bach. An essential guide to a deeper understanding of the themes that connect these technically sophisticated and emotionally resonant works, this book draws on the idea of an “unstable presence” to communicate the humanity and the anxiety that lie at the center of Lozano-Hemmer’s art.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence, held at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, May 24–September 9, 2018; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico, August 22, 2019–March 1, 2020; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, October 2, 2021–March 6, 2022

ISBN 9783791359113 (hardcover)