Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Vectorial Elevation’, 1999-2010, bitforms gallery

“Vectorial Elevation” was originally developed for the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City’s Zócalo Square, where over 800,000 people from 89 countries participated in its two-week exhibition. The installation was subsequently presented for the Fête des Lumières in Lyon in 2003 (600,000 participants) and for the EU expansion celebrations in Dublin in 2004 (500,000 participants). Between February 4 - 28, "Vectorial Elevation" will be on view in Vancouver, Canada, during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The websites www.vectorialvancouver.net and www.alzado.net contain a virtual model of Vancouver where you are able to design “light sculptures” with 20 robotic searchlights located along English Bay. Once you are happy with your design you submit it together with your name, location and dedication or comments. Every night from dusk to dawn new designs are quietly rendered sequentially as they are added to a queue. The project automatically creates a personal webpage for each participant, documenting his or her contribution with views from 4 project webcams. With a 15 Km visibility radius, the installation intends to blend the virtual space of the Internet with one of the most emblematic public spaces in Vancouver.

The piece in Vancouver is the largest and brightest to date, with 20 10kW searchlights covering English Bay with a 100,000 m2 canopy of light. Despite the monumental size of the installation and its wide visibility, the project is not intended as a cathartic pre-programmed spectacle like a fireworks display or a son-et-lumière show. On the contrary, the piece is designed to attract constant, personal participation that creates a sense of connection, complicity and entitlement.

Series: Relational Architecture 4

"Vectorial Elevation", Cultural Olympiad, English Bay, Vancouver, British-Columbia, Canada, 2010.

"Vectorial Elevation", celebrations of Europe expansion, O'Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland, 2004.

"Vectorial Elevation", Fête des Lumières, Place Bellecour, Lyon, France, 2003.

"Vectorial Elevation", Opening project of Artium, Basque Contemporary Art Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, 2002.

"Vectorial Elevation", Zócalo Square, Mexico City, México, 1999 - 2000.

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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