Monday, March 26, 2012

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - tape recorders

I really like it when art surprises me. Interactive installations, in particular, are one of those sub-genres of art that I think can be really difficult not only for an artist to pull off well, but for people to connect with. Which is why I was so please to come across the below work, Tape Recorders (2011), by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

"Tape Recorders" - MCA Sydney (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer from bitforms gallery on Vimeo.

Known for creating both large-scale interactive installations in public spaces and smaller-scale installation pieces, Lozano-Hemmer mixes the disparate fields of digital media, robotics, medical science, performance art, and lived experience into some pretty incredible interactive artworks. Commissioned for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Tape Recorders utilizes a computerized tracking system detects the presence of a person in the gallery, using rows of motorised measuring tapes to record the amount of time that visitors stay in the installation. It may not sound like much, but I found the video to be oddly mesmerizing; the process and technology behind the work is fascinating.

(Via Things Organized Neatly)

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