b. 1967, Mexico City, Mexico
Lives and works in Montreal and Madrid
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. As an electronic artist, 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, by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance, or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival, and animatronics, his light and shadow works are "antimonuments for alien agency.” The artist’s largest solo exhibition to date, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pseudomatismos, will be on view at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City from October 28, 2015 – April 17, 2016.
Recently the subject of solo exhibitions at 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 Art 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 MoMA in New York, Tate in London, Hirshhorn in Washington D.C., AGO in Toronto, CIFO in Miami, Jumex in Mexico City, DAROS in Zürich, Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, MUAC in Mexico City, 21st Century Museum of Art in Kanazawa, MAG in Manchester, MUSAC in León, MONA in Hobart, ZKM in Karlsruhe, MAC in Montréal and SAM in Singapore, among 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.