Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico City, 1967) is an electronic artist known for his interactive interventions in public spaces in Europe, Asia and America. In 1989 he graduated in Physical Chemistry from the University of Concordia in Montreal, Canada.
His principal interest resides in the creation of platforms for public participation, robotics, computerized surveillance and telematic webs.
His large scale, interactive installations have been developed for events such as the millennial celebration in Mexico City (1999), the European Capital of Culture in Rotterdam (2011), The U.N. Summit on Cities in Lyon (2003), the opening of the YCAM centre in Japan (2003), the expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), the memorial of the latelolco Student Masacre in Mexico City (2008), The Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (2010), and the exhibition previous to the opening of the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi (2015).
Recently he has been the object of individual exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, The MUAC Museum in Mexico City, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. He was the first artist to officially represent Mexico in the Biennial of Venice in the Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel in 2007. His work has also be shown at biennials and triennials in Havana, Istanbul, Kochi, Liverpool, Montreal, Moscow, New Orleans, Seul, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. His work can be found in the following collections: The MoMA of New York, The Tate in London, CIFO in Miami, Jumex, Mexico City, DAROS in Zurich, Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, MUAC Mexico City, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, the MAG in Manchester, MUSAC of Leon, MONA in Hobart, ZKM of Karlsruhe, the MAC in Montreal and SAM in Singapore, among others.
He has received two prizes for Interactive Art from the British Bafta Academy in London, a Golden Nica in the Prix Ars Electronica of Austria, “Artist of the Year” delirium prize from the magazine Wired, the Rockefeller Prize, the Trophy of Light in Leon, an International Bauhaus Prize in Dessau, and the Governor General’s Prize of Canada. He has been a profesor at Goldsmiths College, the Bartlett School, Princeton, Harvard, the University of Berkley, Cooper Union, USC, the MIT MediaLab, the Guggenheim, the MOCA, the Dutch Institute of Architecture, Cornell, the University of Pensilvania, SCAD, The Danish Architecture Centre, CCA in Montreal, ICA of London and the Chicago Art Institute.
His work in BEEP Collection: “Redundant Assembly”