Pulse Room

"Pulse Room" consists of 100 to 300 incandescent light bulbs that flash according to the heart rate of visitors, which is measured with an interface. The resulting effect is not unlike those complex patterns found in minimalist music like Steve Reich or Glenn Branca, where similar but not identical sequences go in and out of phase to give synchronicities, arrhythmias, syncopes, etc. The theory of Cybernetics was first formulated in the National Institute of Cardiology in Mexico City to explain self-regulation in the heart. Here, biometrics provide feedback parameters to create a turbulent light matrix. The piece is inspired by Roberto Gavaldón's movie "Macario" from 1960, where the protagonist has a hunger-induced hallucination where each person is represented by a faint candle in a cave.

For 300 bulbs: coverage area is 300-350 sq meters.

"Son et Lumière", 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, 2012 - 2013.

"WBA3: Architecture in the Expanded Field", Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, 2012 (prints and texts).

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

"Monanism", Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 2011 - 2012.

"Pulse Show", Beall Center, University of California, Irvine, California, United States, 2010 - 2011.

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

Artefact Festival, Leuven, Belgium, 2010.

"Emergentes", Telefónica, Santiago, Chile, 2009.

"Hundred Stories about Love", 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, 2009.

"Enter Action-Digital Art Now", ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark, 2009.

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

"Emergentes", Centro Fundación Telefónica, Lima, Peru, 2008.

"Emergentes", Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008.

"In Memoriam Albert Hofmann", Laberinto de la Ciencia y Las Artes, Jumex Collection, San Luis Potosi, México, 2008.

"Intruders", Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec City, Québec, Canada, 2008.

"Emergentes", The Laboral Art Center, Gijón, Spain, 2007.

"Some Things Happen More Often Than All Of The Time", Mexican Pavilion, 52 Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 2007.

"Plataforma", Fábrica La Constancia, Puebla, México, 2006.

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

2015
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Lapsus Lumen, bitforms gallery, New York
2015
E-Merge, Arsenal Montréal+Toronto, Montreal
2012
2008
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Park, Madison Square Park, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Lapsus Lumen, bitforms gallery, New York
2014
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Obra Sonora, Carroll / Fletcher, London
2012
2008
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Park, Madison Square Park, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
Memory Burn, bitforms gallery, New York
2015
E-Merge, Arsenal Montréal+Toronto, Montreal
2014
Pencil / Line / Eraser, Carroll / Fletcher, London
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