Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Reporters with Borders: Open - Closed’, 2007, bitforms gallery

This series of 4 prints shows news anchors in two grids which classify them according to a specific border: Mexico - United States, Male - Female, Lighter - Darker, and Open - Closed

The piece is based on the "Reporters with Borders, Shadow Box 6" which displays 1600 video clips of news anchors taken from TV broadcasts in the United States and Mexico. Each print classifies the video stills along gender, race and country, so that for instance on the left there are only American reporters and on the right only Mexicans.

"Reporters with Borders" is a work about information ecology in an age of ‘global’ media. It offers a visible image of the incessant multiplication of channels and sources, a multiplicity which is nevertheless homogenized according to conventions such as the ‘talking head’ shot which stands here as a metaphor for the restrictive gaze of mainstream news frames and agendas.

"Resonance: Looking for Mr. McLuhan", Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York City, New York, United States, 2011.

"Entreprise collective", Espace Création, Loto-Québec, Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2011 (male-female print version).

"Turn and Widen, 5th Seoul International Media Art Bienniale", Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2008.

"YOUniverse, 3rd International Bienniale of Contemporary Art", Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain, 2008.

Art Forum, Gallerie Guy Bärtschi, Berlin, Germany, 2008 (prints).

Art Basel 39, OMR Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 2008.

"Techniques of the Visible", Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2004 (projection).

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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