Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexican, b.1967) is a Mexican-Canadian artist known for large-scale interactive installations that fuse architecture and performance art using technological materials, including cell phones, LED lights, and robotics. In the 1980s, Lozano-Hemmer emigrated from Mexico City to Canada to study at the University of Victoria and Concordia University. After graduating, he was briefly employed in a molecular recognition lab in Montreal. Though he did not pursue a career as a scientist, his interest in chemistry and technology has influenced his work in many ways.

His large-scale interactive installations have been featured in the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City, the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam, the UN World Summit of Cities in Lyon, the opening of the YCAM Center in Japan, the 50th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

He has had exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fundación Telefónica in Buenos Aires, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. In addition, he was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale His work is included in numerous collections around the world, including the MoMA in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, AGO in Toronto, CIFO in Miami, Jumex in Mexico City, DAROS in Zurich, Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, and MUAC in Mexico City, among others.

He is the recipient of two BAFTA Awards for Interactive Art in London, 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.

Lozano-Hemmer lives and works in Montréal and Madrid.

Timeline

1967
Born in Mexico City
1989
BSc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada
2001
Excellence Award, Media Arts Festival 2000, CG Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2002
International Bauhaus Award 2002, 1st Prize, Dessau, Germany
2002
BAFTA British Academy Award for Interactive Art 2002, London, UK
2003
Trophée des Lumiéres, Lyon, France
2003
Rockefeller-Ford Fellowship, New York, USA
2005
BAFTA British Academy Award for Interactive Art 2005, London, UK
Lives and works in Montréal and Madrid

Exhibitions

2009
Hundred Stories about Love, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
2009
Un Mundo Feliz, 10th Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba
2009
Conjugaciones: arte contemporaneo, Museo de los pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca, Mexico
2009
Extra-Muros, Mutek Festival 10th Anniversary, Montreal, Canada
2009
Levels of Nothingness, Commission for the 50th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2009
Transition States, Haunch of Venison, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2009
Recent Works, Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
2009
The World is Yours, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009
Art & Electronic Media, bitforms gallery, New York, NY, USA
2009
Armory Show, OMR Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2009
YOU_ser_: Das Jarhundert des Konsumenten, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
2009
Emergentes, Telefónica, Santiago, Chile
2009
Enter Action-Digital Art Now, ARoS Museum, Aarhus, Denmark
2009
Socially Active, University Gallery, Essex, UK
2009
Open Space, ICC, Tokyo, Japan
2008
Wavefunction, Kulczyk Foundation, Poznan, Poland (solo)
2008
Pulse Park, Madison Square Park, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2008
Voz Alta, Memorial for the Tlateloco student massacre, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
2008
Wavefunction, Kulczyk Foundation, Poznan, Poland (solo)
2008
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, bitforms gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2008
Frequency and Volume, Commissioned by Kate Rich, The Curve, Barbican Centre, London, UK (solo)
2008
Pulse Spiral, Center for Contemporary Culture, Melnikov Garash, Moscow, Russia (solo)
2008
Body Movies, Quebec City 400th anniversary, Parc de la Cétière, Quebec City, Canada (solo)
2008
The Fifth Floor: Ideas Taking Space, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
2008
Prospect. 1, New Orleans Bienniale, NOMA Museum, New Orleans, LA, USA
2008
Turn and Widen, 5th Seoul International Media Art Bienniale, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea
2008
Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
2007
Pulse Front, Public Art Installation commissioned by and premiered at LuminaTO, The Power Plant and co-produced with Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2007
Automatic Update, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
2007
Floating Artworks, TD Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
2007
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, ICI, Biblioteca, Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia
2007
LA Art Chelsea, OMR Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2007
Venice Biennale, Italy (solo)
2007
Subtitled Public, Capital Cultural de Europa, Luxemburg
2006
Homographies, Subsculpture 7, Sydney Biennale, Art Gallery of New South, Wales
2006
Zones of Contact, Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2006
Zones of Contact, Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2006
33 Questions per Minute, Spots Mediafacade, with realities:united, Postdamer Platz 10, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006
Pre-Emptive, Kunsthalle Berne, Berne, Switzerland
2006
1000 Platitudes / 1000 Usos Tópicos, ARCO, OMR, Guy Bärtschi, bitforms gallery, Madrid, Spain
2006
Body Movies, Museum of Art, HK Arts Development Council, Hong Kong (solo)
2005
Entanglement (Entrelazamiento), Subsculpture 6, Guy Bärtschi, Geneva
2005
Subtitled Public, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City
2005
Dataespace, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid
2004
X Salón de Arte Bancomer. Armas y herramientas, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
2004
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, OMR, Mexico City
2004
Standars & Doble Standard, 5th Shanghai Biennale, China
2003
Frecuency and Volume, Relational Architecture No. 9, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City
2003
Art Basel Miami, OMR, Miami
2003
Open, New Designs for Open Space, Van Alen Institute, New York, NY, USA
2003
Tokyo, Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Emily Carr in Vancouver, WRO (solo)
2003
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, bitforms gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2002
Vectorial Elevation, Opening project of Artium, Basque Contemporary Art Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (solo)
2002
6th International Festival for Architecture in Video, Florence, Italy
2002
Egofugal, 7th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
2002
Two Origins, Relational Architecture No. 7, Place du Capitole, Festival Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse
2002
Liverpool Biennale, Produced by FACT, Liverpool
2001
Media Arts Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan,
2001
Interactiva00, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Mérida, Spain, Net.artmadrid, ARCO, Madrid, Spain
2000
Fournos Center, Mediaterra 2000, Athens
1999
Yo y mi Circunstancia, Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal
1997
Re:Positioning Fear, 3rd Internationale Biennale Film+Architektur, Graz, Austria (solo)