b. 1967, Mexico City, Mexico
Lives and works in Montreal and Madrid
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation, perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance, or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival, and animatronics, his light and shadow works are, what he terms, "antimonuments for alien agency.”
Recently the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fundación Telefónica in Madrid, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, he was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition at Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel in 2007. He has also shown at biennials and triennials in Havana, Istanbul, Kochi, Liverpool, Montréal, Moscow, New Orleans, New York ICP, Seville, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Sydney. Collections holding his work include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Tate, London, England; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL; Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; Daros Museum, Zürich, Switzerland; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; MAG, Manchester, England; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania, Australia; Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, among many others.
His large-scale interactive installations have been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the UN World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003), the opening of the YCAM Center in Japan (2003), the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), the memorial for the Tlatelolco Student Massacre in Mexico City (2008), the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (2010), and the pre-opening exhibition for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (2015). Lozano-Hemmer has received two BAFTA British Academy Awards for Interactive Art in London, the Governor General’s Award in Canada, a Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, "Artist of the year" Rave Award from Wired magazine, a Rockefeller fellowship, the Trophée des Lumières in Lyon, and an International Bauhaus Award in Dessau. He has lectured at Goldsmiths College, the Bartlett School, Princeton, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Cooper Union, USC, MIT MediaLab, Guggenheim Museum, LA MOCA, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Cornell, UPenn, SCAD, Danish Architecture Center, CCA in Montreal, ICA in London, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 1989 Lozano-Hemmer received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada