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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders

A large-scale solo exhibition, presenting eight to thirteen interactive pieces that underline the performative character of the public as an integral part of the artwork. In “Recorders” artworks hear, see or feel the public; they exhibit awareness and record and replay memories entirely obtained during the show. The pieces either depend on participation to exist or predatorily gather information on the public through surveillance and biometric technologies. The exhibition is meant to oscillate between the seduction of participation, preservation and inclusion, and the violence of Orwellian and ubiquitous computerized detection. In all cases the artwork compiles a database of behaviours that then becomes the artwork itself.

Formulating a pre-eminent role for the spectator in an exhibition is a call to engagement, intimacy, personalization and agency, while simultaneously it is a policing, a loss of authorial and curatorial control, and the introduction of narcissistic cultures of endless self-representation. As detachment, objectivity and voyeurism is not possible in this “crowdsourced” show, it will hopefully displease those who believe art should be timeless and universal. In “Recorders” Frank Stella’s minimalist quip “what you see is what you get” becomes “what you give is what you get.”
Spanish name: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Grabadoras
First presentation date: August 17th 2008
Type: Museum
Dimensions: The show can be adapted to anywhere between 1000 and 2000 square metres.
Included projects: 33 Questions per Minute
Alpha Blend
Autopoiesis
Close-up
Microphones
Nothing is more optimistic than Stjärnsund
People on People
Please Empty Your Pockets
Pletoria
Pulse Index
Pulse Room
Seismoscopes
Tape Recorders
The Year's Midnight
Voice Array
Exhibited at: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, 2011 - 2012
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011
Edith Russ Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany, 2008
Credits: Conroy Badger, Gideon May and Stephan Schulz – Programming and hardware
Karine Charbonneau, David Lemieux, Guillaume Tremblay, Tyson Parks, Pierre Fournier, Susie Ramsay, Boris Dempsey, Yannick Sebag and Jesse Badger - Production Total: 80,000 visitors, 640 per day average.
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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders - 2010 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
33 Questions per Minute - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
33 Questions per Minute - 2010 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
Autopoiesis - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Autopoiesis - 2010 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
Close-up - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Close-up - 2010 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
Microphones - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Microphones - 2010 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
People on People - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
People on People - 2010 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
Please Empty Your Pockets - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Please Empty Your Pockets - 2010 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
Pulse Index - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Pulse Index - 2010 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
Pulse Room - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Pulse Room - 2010 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
Seismoscopes - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
The Year's Midnight - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Voice Array - 2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

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Recorders

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders

Catalogue of Recorders exhibition which took place in Manchester Art Gallery.

Softcover: 64 pages
ISBN: 978-0-901673-78-7
Publisher: Manchester Art Gallery
Language: english
Dimensions: 22 x 27 cm
Editor: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Authors: Moira Stevenson, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Timothy Druckrey, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Beryl Graham and Jacinta Laurent
Design: Pauline Minsky


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