Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Flatsun’, 2011, bitforms gallery
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Flatsun’, 2011, bitforms gallery
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Flatsun’, 2011, bitforms gallery

A circular display that simulates the turbulence at the surface of the Sun using mathematical equations like navier- stokes, reaction-difussion and perlin noise. The piece reacts to the presence of the public by varying the speed and type of animation displayed. If no one is in front of the piece the turbulence slows down and eventually turns off. As the built-in camera detects people more solar flares are generated and the fake Sun shows more perturbation and activity. At 140 cm diameter, Flatsun is exactly a billion times smaller than the real Sun.The piece consists of custom- made panels with 60,000 red and yellow LED lights, a computer with 8 processing cores, a camera with a pinhole lens (you can see the black dot in the middle of the display) and a mechanically engineered aluminium, steel and glass structure that pivots for maintenance. A single knob lets the collector set the brightness of the piece and turn it on and off.

ARCO '12, Galería Max Estrella, Madrid, Spain, 2012.

Art Basel Miami, OMR Gallery, Miami, Florida, United States, 2011.

"Trackers", La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France, 2011.

About Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's public art installations combine technology, architecture, and performance using devices like robotics, projections, and cell phones. He constructs "temporary anti-monuments for alien agency," as in Pulse Tank (2008), in which heart rate sensors send ripples across the surface of water, or the Guggenheim's 2009 installation Levels of Nothingness, which allowed people to speak into a computer that linked voice traits to colors that were projected across the room. His Vectorial Elevation (1999), in which 800,000 participants created searchlight sculptures above Mexico City, may well be the world's largest interactive artwork ever.

Mexican, b. 1967, Mexico City, Mexico, based in Mexico City, Mexico

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

Electronic Superhighway (2016 – 1966), Whitechapel Gallery, London
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Lapsus Lumen, bitforms gallery, New York
E-Merge, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Park, Madison Square Park, New York