Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Less Than Three - EL Wire Small Version’, 2008, bitforms gallery
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Less Than Three - EL Wire Small Version’, 2008, bitforms gallery

In "Less Than Three", a baroque network of light tubes suggests the convolutions of communication. As a participant speaks into a nearby intercom, their voice is translated into corresponding flashes of light and this light pattern is transmitted visually along one of the several possible pathways through the network. When it reaches the other side, the viewer's phrase is once again released as sound.

There are two versions of the project: a large version that uses white light emitting diode (LED) strips that can be installed indoor or outdoor and a small version using red electro-luminiscent (EL) wires. Large version, variable anywhere between 30 and 3,000 square metres of wall space or façade
Small version, 122 x 244 x 28 centimeters (48 x 96 x 11 inches).

Laboratori d'Interacció. Els sentits de les màquines (I/O/I), Disseny Hub IDAT, Barcelona, Spain, 2011 - 2012.

Art Basel Miami, OMR Gallery, Miami, Florida, United States, 2010 (electroluminescent wire version).

"Inpoliticos", Palazzo Art Napoli, Naples, Italy, 2009 (electroluminescent wire version).

"Transition States", Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York City, New York, United States, 2009 (electroluminescent wire version).

"Recent works", Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland, 2009 (electroluminescent wire version).

"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer", Haunch of Venison, London, United Kingdom, 2008 (LED strips version).

"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer", bitforms gallery, New York City, New York, United States, 2008 (electroluminescent wire version).

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