UNESCO Arts, Science & Technology

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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. He develops large-scale interactive installations in public space, usually deploying new technologies and custom-made physical interfaces. His work has been shown in two dozen countries, including the Liverpool Biennial (UK), the Itau Cultural (Brazil), the Istanbul Biennial (Turkey), the Cultural Capital of Europe Festival (Holland), the ARCO art fair (Spain), Bienal de la Habana (Cuba), Architecture and Media Biennale (Austria), Museo de Monterrey (México), the Musée des Beaux Arts (Canada), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Japan), Mediaterra (Greece), European Media Art Festival (Germany), Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), SIGGRAPH'93 (USA) and others. In 1998 he was comissioned to develop a monumental interactive art work in the Zócalo Square in Mexico City for the Millennium Celebrations.At the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, his pieces have received a Golden Nica in 2000, a distinction in 2002, and honourable mentions in 1995 and 1998. He also won a BAFTA Award for Interactive Art in 2002, "Best Installation" at the Interactive Digital Media Awards in Toronto, a "Design Review 2002 Gold Award" given by I.D. Magazine in the US, a Cyberstar award in Cologne, a distinction at the SFMOMA Webby Awards in San Francisco, "Artist/performer of the year" at Wired Magazine's Rave Awards 2003, an Excellence Prize at the CG Arts Media Art Festival in Tokyo and an International Bauhaus Award in Dessau, Germany.

THE TRACE (pictured here) is a telepresence installation that invites two participants in remote sites to share the same telematic space. The piece consists of vectors, sounds and graphics that respond to the movement of the participants. Two interactive stations are needed for the piece; these are interconnected with a normal ISDN digital line so they can be in the same exhibition hall, on either side of a city or in different cities.