Rafael Lozano-Hemmer – Recorders

Hi All,

Went to an absolutely fantastic exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery. Entitled “Recorders” by and artist called Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is best known for creating theatrical interactive installations in public spaces across Europe, Asia and America. Using robotics, real-time computer graphics, film projections, positional sound, internet links, cell phone interfaces, video and ultrasonic sensors, LED screens and other devices, his installations seek to interrupt the increasingly homogenized urban condition by providing critical platforms for participation. Lozano-Hemmer’s smaller-scaled sculptural and video installations explore themes of perception, deception and surveillance. As an outgrowth of these various large scale and performance-based projects Lozano-Hemmer documents the works in photography editions that are also exhibited. – from wikipedia

I was surprised by this exhibition, its the first time I’ve seen any work by a kinetic artist and I was pleasantly surprised by the interaction that’s required to get the most of the works.

The first work you see is called “Pulse Index” where you are invited to insert a finger into a reader, your fingerprint is scanned and added to the screen along with others who have done it before you. One of the most striking works is simply called “Microphones” – a collection of ten vintage microphones record whats spoken into them, then play back the previous speakers recording.

By far my favorite work of the exhibition is called “Pulse Room” and is mind-blowing! Visitors are invited to record their heart beat which is transferred to a single bulb overhead – this beats at your heart rate then is added to the hundreds of others suspended in the room.

(found via vagueterrain.net)

If you are in the area, I’d recommend paying the gallery a visit. Recorders is running until 30th Jan 2011.




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