Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Claudia Roy speakers at HUB Montreal 2020!

Well known for his use of science and new technologies to engage audiences in reflection, the artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will be at HUB Montréal this year.

Engaging and interactive, each of Rafael’s works challenges the public to live a unique experience, specific to them in order to catch their attention and make them think in new ways.

From spectacular works to more discreet ones, from technological prowess to a return to basics, the importance is found in the interactivity of each of them. Interactions between humans, between technologies, between humans and technology, his scientific background combined with his creativity and humanistic reflections have brought to life memorable, admirable, relational and committed works.

Technology as an artistic language

Pieces that live, that look, that breathethat react 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is particularly concerned about the impact of his works as well as his own social responsibility as an artist. 

As we live in a globalizedtechnological and connected society, the work of art with technology is inevitable to be able to speak and act on current situations. 

Technology is then thought as a language, as an extension of us.  

Technology becomes the interpreter of a poetic art that we strive to express. Technology can be artisticaesthetic and critical. 

Rafael’s technological art then becomes like a radio station in which people can express themselves freely. On several occasions, the artist uses his works for political purposes to give a voice to people who do not have this freedom in their society. 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Claudia Roy will introduce a new joint venture: “Dérive"

Dérive” is an art agency that will represent a panorama of interactive audiovisual installations designed to tour. The presentation will go over some of the works available from the Agency’s portfolio to illustrate the potential for a turn-key touring solution in contemporary media art.

Stay tuned as a world premiere will be unveiled and tested online.

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major works by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (among many others) 

While awaiting to meet us on November 16 and 17, a look back at some of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s works

Level of Confidence

Level of Confidence” is an art project to commemorate the mass kidnapping of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa normalista school in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. 

The work is emotional and tries to create empathy and a sense of connection with the injustice. 

Level of Confidence uses facial recognition technology to examine the viewer’s face and then applies biometric surveillance algorithms to determine how closely they match the faces of 43 students who were kidnapped from a school in Iguala, Mexico. 


Remote Pulse  

Remote Pulse” is an interactive installation consisting of two identical pulse detection stations that are interconnected via the Internet. When a person places their hands on one station, the person on the other station automatically feels their pulse, as the plates vibrate in synchronization with the heartbeat of the remote person, and vice versa.  

The piece was originally presented as part of the Lozano-Hemmer “Border Tuner” installation at the U.S.-Mexico border, with one station in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and the other in El Paso, Texas.  



Pareidolium is a fountain that creates portraits of spectators with clouds of steam. The fountain uses hundreds of computer-controlled ultrasonic atomizers to produce plumes of cold steamWhen a visitor looks into the water, a face detection system extracts their image and creates a fleeting resemblance. The portrait becomes tangible, almost breathableonly briefly, and then disappears in the turbulence. A square screen shows the slow-motion images of the last 9 participants, capturing the fleeting moment of the steam portrait. 


Respiración Circular Viciosa 

 “In this piece, if you participate too much, you die.” “And crucially, if you’re in that work, you make it more toxic for future participants.” 

An airtight device that invites the public to breathe the air that was previously breathed by the participants before them. In this room, visitors’ breathing is kept circulating and made tangible by the automatic inflation and deflation of the brown paper bags about 10,000 times a day, which corresponds to the normal breathing rate of an adult at rest. There are 61 bags as this constitutes 5 octaves, which is a typical range of musical organs that inspire the design. 

The room includes warnings of asphyxia, contagion and panic, and produces a low mechanical sound, a quiet hum of the airflow and a louder crackling of the bags that crumple. 


Border Tuner / Sintonizador Fronterizo 

 “Border Tuner” is a large-scale participatory art installation designed to connect the cities of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Powerful projectors form “bridges of light” that open up live sound channels for communication across the US-Mexico border. 

The “Border Tuner” is not only designed to create new connections between communities on both sides of the border, but also to make visible the relationships already in place. 

While the news media are only interested in stories of violence and separation, this work highlights the positive connections, unity, coexistence and tolerance between the two cities. 


Zoom pavilion 

 Zoom pavilion refers to all cameras that record our image for data centers in everyday life. 

The Zoom Pavilion is an interactive installation that consists of an immersive projection on three walls, powered by 12 computerized surveillance systems trained on the public. The room uses face recognition algorithms to detect the presence of participants and record their spatial relationship in the exhibition space. Independent robotic cameras zoom in to amplify the images of the audience with up to 35 times magnification: the zoom sequences are destabilizing because they change the entire “landscape” of the image, from large, easily recognizable shots of the crowd to abstract close-ups. 



Buy your PRO pass now. (You have until October 31, 2020) 

This conference is presented by Quartier des Spectacles Montreal.