Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Last Breath’, 2012, bitforms gallery

respirator: 23.6 x 10.8 x 9.1" / 60 x 27.5 x 23 cm
tube up to 32.8 ft / 10 m long

"Last Breath" is a robotic installation that stores and circulates the breath of a person forever, between a bellows and a brown paper bag. The apparatus is automatically activated 10,000 times per day, the typical respiratory frequency for an adult at rest. With each breath the piece generates quiet sounds from the bellows, the motor and the crackling of the paper bag. The piece also sighs 158 times a day. For the exhibition in New York, the piece is a biometric portrait of Cuban singer Omara Portuondo.

"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Voice Array", bitforms gallery, New York, NY, United States, 2012.

Expo Chicago 2012, Navy Pier, Galería Max Estrella, Chicago, Illinois, United States, 2012.

Art Basel 43, Galería OMR, Basel, Switzerland, 2012.

The Eleventh Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba, 2012.

"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: X no es la nueva Y", Galería OMR, Mexico City, México, 2012.

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