Recorders

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

This catalogue documents and discusses a specific body of 8 works including 3 new commissions made between 2000 and 2010 by renowned electronic artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer where the content is determined by inter-reaction with the audience.

Using sophisticated surveillance technology the works record the visitors’ images, voices, personal belongings and their very pulses in ways that subvert the use of these technologies in the broader society.

‘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. Frank Stella’s minimalist quip ‘what you see is what you get’ becomes ‘what you give is what you get.’ (Rafael Lozano-Hemmer)

Includes an interview with the artist by Jacinta Laurent.

Published to accompany the exhibition Recorders at Manchester Art Gallery, 18 September 2010 – 30 January 2011.

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