DC -- Embassy of Mexico -- Mexican Cultural Institution -- Exhibit: Voice Array by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer:
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Description of Pictures: Installation: Voice Array by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
October 31, 2018 - ???
The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present Voice Array by Mexican artist Rafael Lozano Hemmer, in conjunction with Pulse, a series featuring three major interactive installations at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Lozano-Hemmer’s Voice Array has been exhibited around the world, from Sydney, Australia to New York City. It will be premiered in Washington D.C. at the Mexican Cultural Institute by kind courtesy of the Hirshhorn through their program, Hirshhorn in the City, which aims at bringing international contemporary art beyond the museum walls, sparking inspiration in the everyday, experimenting with projects, partnerships, and installations in D.C. neighborhoods.
Voice Array allows visitors to interact with the piece by speaking into an intercom. The voice is automatically translated into flashes of light that reflect a unique voice pattern which will be stored as a loop in the first light of the array. Each new recording pushes all previous recordings one position down and gradually one can hear the cumulative sound of 288 previous recordings. The voice pushed out of the array can then be heard by itself. The result of this process is a collaborative piece that evolves and adapts in each city and context in which it is shown.
About the artist:
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 is an electronic artist, who 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".
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