Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘The Year's Midnight’, 2011, bitforms gallery

"The Year's Midnight" is the last piece of the Shadow Box series of interactive displays with a built-in computerized tracking system. This piece shows the viewer's image on screen, unprocessed, except for plumes of white smoke that emanate from his or her eye sockets until the whole display is filled with dense white smog. Live and recorded eyeballs extracted from the video accumulate on the bottom of the display, similar to traditional representations of St. Lucy. The project's name is the beginning of John Donne's "A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy's Day, Being the Shortest Day", a mournful poem which inspires this work.

C2-MTL Conference, Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2012.

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

"Migration", ARNDT, Sydney, Australia, 2012.

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

"Trackers", La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France, 2011.

Art Hong Kong, bitforms gallery, Hong Kong, China, 2011.

Art Brussels, OMR Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, 2011.

Zona Maco, Centro Banamex, Mexico City, México, 2011.

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