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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: A Public Artwork Paints The Sky With Light

About the Video

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates art and relational architecture to foster community, thinking of his interactive works as "public fountains." His latest installation, Open Air, records voice messages via smartphone app and translates them into patterns made by 24 spotlights fixed on the Philadelphia skyline.

Find out how Lozano-Hemmer's work fosters urban experiences in our behind-the-scenes video.


At a glance

Reevaluating public space.

Name: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Location: Montréal, Canada by way of Mexico City, Mexico
Profession: Electronic artist, installation artist, relational architect, sculptor, photographer
Notable works: Open Air (2012); Nave Solar (2011); Tape Recorders (2011); Flat Sun (2011); Blow-Up, Shadow Box 4 (2007); 33 Questions per Minute, Relational Architecture 5 (2003)
Selected awards and achievements: National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Open Air (2011); Artist/Performer of the year, Wired Magazine Rave Awards (2003); Rockefeller-Ford Fellowship, New York City (2003); World Technology Network Award for the Arts, San Francisco (2003); Interactive Art Distinction, Ars Electronica (2002); Interactive Art Golden Nica, Ars Electronica (2000)
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Pictured: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Open Air, Relational Architecture 19, 2012. Commissioned by the Association for Public Art, Philadelphia, 2012. Photo by: James Ewing