Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

15 Oct 2008 – 29 Nov 2008

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Haunch of Venison is delighted to announce its first exhibition with the Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, one of the world's leading electronic artists. Lozano-Hemmer has become widely known for creating large-scale installations in exhibitions across Europe, Asia and America. These have included what may be the world's largest interactive artwork, 'Vectorial Elevation', in which over a million online participants have directed searchlights to create 'light sculptures' above Mexico City in 1999, Vitoria in 2002, Lyon in 2003 and Dublin in 2004. Lozano-Hemmer's work uses highly sophisticated technology to embody complex and poetic ideas about public space, surveillance, architecture, audience interaction and performance. Using robotics, projections, sound, internet and cell-phone links, sensors and other devices, his installations aim to provide what he has described as 'temporary anti-monuments for alien agency'. At Haunch of Venison the artist will show a selection of recent works, including a new installation developed specifically for the exhibition. Much of Lozano-Hemmer's work constitutes an investigation of the ways in which the individual negotiates public space and also addresses issues around surveillance and self-representation - and as such actively invites audience participation. In the work 'Frequency and Volume', which will be shown at The Curve at the Barbican, from 9 October - 18 January, powerful projectors cast the shadows of participants on to the 80m long wall of the gallery. The shadows allow the participants to use their body to scan and listen to the electromagnetic spectrum of the city - including radio, short wave, navigation signals, taxi dispatch and more. The resulting sound environment is a live composition controlled by the audience's movements.

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