Text Stream 8

“Hormonium” (Text Stream 8) is a generative artwork that presents sequences of ocean waves crashing and releasing airborne text particles. The text represents acronyms of hormones that are released in accordance with human time-cycles, illustrating chronobiology.

The piece exhibits circadian rhythms (one cycle every 24 hours), hence releasing more cortisol, progesterone and testosterone in the morning, FSH and LH in the afternoon, and oestradiol and prolactin at night.

“Hormonium” also exhibits ultradian rhythms (cycles shorter than a day, but longer than an hour) which are described by changes in the levels of leptin and ghrelin, for example; and infradian rhythms (cycles longer than a day) that cause fluctuations in estrogen, FSH, progesterone and LH over a period of 28 days. Finally, the piece ages over an 80-year cycle, charting a decrease, for example, in the levels of aldosterone, calcitonin, GH, and renin, and a rise in cortisol.

The selected hormones represented by the artwork are as per following.

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custom-generative code, computer, 4K display
300W on 110 OR 240V, plus the monitor needs
6 Editions, 2 AP
private collectors


custom-generative code, computer, projector
800W on 110 OR 240V, plus the projector needs
1 Edition, 1 AP


  • Untitled Art Fair, Galería Max Estrella, Miami, Florida, United States, 2023.
  • Interreality, bitforms, The Desmond Tower, Los Angeles, California, United States, 2023.
  • Armory Show, Max Estrella, New York City, New York, United States, 2023.
  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: EXCUSE YOU!, bitforms gallery, San Francisco, California, United States, 2023.
  • Art Dubai ‘23, GALLOIRE, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2023.
  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Biometric Theatre, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong, China, 2023.
  • Arkive at World Economic Forum, Arkive, Switzerland, 2023.
  • Art Basel Miami, Arkive, Miami, Florida, United States, 2022.
  • 13th Mercosul Biennial, Ministry of Citizenship and Santander, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2022.
  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Common Measures, PACE Gallery New York, New York City, New York, United States, 2022.
  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: EXCUSE YOU!, Wilde Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 2022.
  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Caudales, Casa de México España, Madrid, Spain, 2022.
  • ARCO ‘22, Galería Max Estrella, Madrid, Spain, 2022.
  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Haciendo Agua, Max Estrella, Madrid, Spain, 2022.


  • Programming: Hugo Daoust
  • Production Assistance: Fanny Asselin, Karine Charbonneau, Olivier Groulx, Guillaume Tremblay, Tracy Valcourt