Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico and lives and works in Canada. He is known for creating platforms for public participation using technologies such as robotic lights, digital fountains, computerised surveillance, media walls and telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival, and animatronics, his works are “antimonuments for alien agency”.
He was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and has exhibited in art biennials such as Havana, Istanbul, Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai, Singapore, New Orleans, and Kochi. He has received two BAFTAs in the UK, a Bauhaus Award in Germany, a Governor General Award in Canada and a Trophée des Lumières in France.
Lozano-Hemmer works are held by museums around the world including Mona in Hobart and at the National Gallery of Victoria. He has a considerable history of exhibiting works in Australia, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Dark Mofo and Federation Square, and has been invited to give several talks and lectures here.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is creating a permanent artwork for the new Town Hall Station.