Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Microphone’, 2007, bitforms gallery

Dimensions variable, microphone head measures 4 1/3 x 3 x 3 in.

In "Microphone", Lozano-Hemmer uses a vintage 1930s microphone that has been equipped with a loudspeaker. If a visitor speaks into the microphone, it reacts by playing what it has recorded from previous visitors. The effect is disconcerting, as if the technical device itself were answering and staging a dialogue.

Series: Subsculpture 10

"Time-Lapse", Site Santa Fe, Sante Fe, New Mexcio, United States, 2012.

"Recorders", Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, 2011 - 2012.

"Rewriting Worlds": The 4th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia, 2011.

"Recorders", Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011.

"Intensif-Station", K21 Ständehaus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf , Germany, 2010 - 2011.

"Recorders", Edith Russ Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany, 2008.

"LOOP '08", Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Catalonia Ramblas Hotel, Barcelona, Spain, 2008.

"The Art of Participation: 1950 to now", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, United States, 2008 (version of 20).

"Maquinas y Almas - Souls and Machines", Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, 2008 (version of 20).

"Rafael Lozano-Hemmer", Haunch of Venison, London, United Kingdom, 2008.

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

Solo Shows

Carroll / Fletcher, 
London ,
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Obra Sonora

Group Shows

Carroll / Fletcher, 
London ,
Carroll / Fletcher, 
London ,
Pencil / Line / Eraser
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