Rafael Lozano-Hemmer www.lozano-hemmer.com
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (b. 1967, Mexico) is an internationally renowned artist. He develops large-scale interactive installations for public spaces, usually deploying new technologies and custom-made physical interfaces. His work uses robotics, projections, sound, kinetics, the internet, mobile phones and sensors. His work has featured at Art Basel, Art Cologne and the Liverpool Biennial. He represented Mexico at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Projects include the large-scale public work Underscan (2004) and Voz Alta, a memorial commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the student massacre in Tlatelolco, Mexico.
Make-Out, 2009Move in front of Make-Out and the couples in the films start to kiss. The films have all been taken from the internet and have been arranged to reflect the statisticalrepresentation of couples shown in films on the internet. Of the couples you see here, 50 percentfeature female/female couplings, 30 male/male and the remaining 20 percent male/female.
"Make Out" is an interactive installation that shows 2,400 internet videos of couples looking at each other: as soon as someone stands in front of them the couples begin to kiss. The massive array of make-out sessions continues as a wave that radiates outwards from the location of the passer-by -- as he or she moves away all the kissing ends. The curator can choose what proportion of the videos are man-woman, woman-woman or man-man. The default state is the statistically faithful proportion of the videos that are online: 50 per cent woman-woman, 30 per cent man-man and 20 per cent man-woman. Periodically, the display shows all videos in the database simultaneously. Plasma screens, surveillance camera and custom software.Courtesy of the artist, Haunch of Venison, London, and bitforms gallery, NYC
Other works by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer