Recorders: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

  • Saturday 18 September 2010 - Sunday 30 January 2011
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • FREE

Recorders is a major new exhibition by Mexican-Canadian electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The artworks in Recorders see, hear and feel the actions of people around them, using technology to create a playful yet ominous experience. This solo exhibition features seven recent pieces by the artist, including the world premieres of two specially commissioned new installations.

Lozano-Hemmer’s artworks depend on the participation of visitors to exist and develop, as the artist describes:

“In Recorders, artworks hear, see and 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.”

Highlights of the exhibition include Pulse Room, on show in the UK for the very first time. Premiered in Puebla, Mexico in 2006 and shown to critical acclaim in the Mexican pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2007, this compelling work is made up of 100 light bulbs which are activated by a sensor to flash at the exact rhythm of particpants' heart rates. Also, the work People on People (a co-commission by Manchester Art Gallery and Abandon Normal Devices festival), a major new installation inspired by portraiture and shadowplays, which will turn the gallery's temporary exhibition space into one of the world's most advanced scanners.

Manchester Art Gallery is the only UK venue for the show so this is an interactive experience not to be missed.

Visit Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's website to find out more about his work.

The new commission People on People is a co-commission between Manchester Art Gallery and Abandon Normal Devices (AND) festival. AND is a major new regional festival of new cinema and digital culture and forms part of WE PLAY – the Northwest’s cultural legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Abandon Normal Devices We Play Heritage Lottery Fund North West Regional Development Agency The Henry Moore Foundation Heritage Lottery FundMexican Embassy      Experience England's Northwest





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Artist's talk

Rafael Lozano Hemmer presenting at the Whitworth Art Gallery
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer delivered an illustrated talk about his work on 18 September 2010. Watch it on Vimeo.

Make It Yourself

Make it yourself
An exhibition of inventive Arduino and DIY electronic-circuitry projects to accompany Recorders: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.