Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Inspired by Real Events, Universidad Iberoamericana’, 2004, Art Bärtschi & Cie | Geneva, Switzerland

"Inspired by Real Events" is a series of six black and white photos taken from the point of view of surveillance cameras in different public places of Mexico City (Independence Monument, Reforma Avenue, Santa Fe shopping mall, Iberoamerican University, Meave Plaza and the Historic Centre). Each photo shows a volunteer climbing a ladder about to reach the camera with his or her hand. A video on a surveillance monitor shows the sequences captured by the cameras. The project is inspired by “Self-portrait in convex mirror” painted in 1524 by Parmigianino.

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