Monday, 19 January 2009

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Frequency and Volume

This show at the barbican in the curve gallery is described on their website as;

"Working at the crossroads between architecture, sculpture and performance, the Mexico-born, Canada-based artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is well known for developing large-scale installations in public spaces. His work encourages both social interaction and audience participation through the deployment of new technologies."

i really liked the way you as you walked around creating huge shadows tracked by the digital signal, you could 'play' the analogue stations though movement of your body. you became extremely self aware, your elongated presence and those migrating around you too, giant and looming across the curved wall. seeing the technology piled up in a glass windowed room and the mast at the edge was a bonus especially as i like process as performance, or in this case, as performance installation. slightly too sci-fi hollywood blockbuster in the red target but controlling sound like this very clever, through a system of mirrors and the layering of slight delay on the overlapping digital projection and real time shadow. good freebie. shame the barbican bar isn't quite so free :(

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