Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

‘Caudales’ at Casa de México, Madrid

Feb 26 - Apr 24, 2022

To live in the “digital era” means to inhabit a world increasingly made of codes and texts. The way in which technology produces a new texture of experience also does imply the awareness of the subversion of textuality: both in relation to the genetic code and the cultural heritage, we have entered a realm of volatility, where the art of combination has become a technified power. This exhibition explores the landscape of a new liquid textuality, at the time that it opts for generating experiences of a new interaction with texts.

In Caudales, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer intervenes, through eight installations, the condition of a culture made of unstable writings which, at the time that empower a state of computer vigilance, define a culture characterized by the interaction of automation and generative animation. In this show, the written word – being a poem, a philosophic text or a media report–   transmutes into an unstable fluid that streams in turbulent manners, creating transitory patterns and objective interpretations.

In the series Recurrencies (2018-2022), texts by Ramon Llul, Stuart Hall, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Francisco Sanches and Julio Cortázar, feed diverse generative animations that is characteristic, whereas in the screen or physically, for avoiding repetition. In 1984 x 1984 (2014) thousands of random numbers extracted from addresses photographed by Google Street View are recomposed, due to the interaction with the users, writing the numeral which George Orwell vaticinated as the date of the collapse of privacy. In Airborne Newscasts 20 (2013) our observed bodies intervene the flux of news that cross the social media, accelerating information’s volatility. Finally, two pieces are presented in a global premiere, in All the waters (2022) a robot arm constantly writes the name of brand names for bottled water to be evaporated. In Recurrent First Dream (2022) a chandelier made of 45 suspended flat-screens arranged as a 3D spiral paraboloid forms an ascending vortex of words slowly revealing Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s mangum opus “First Dream”, written in 1692.

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Curator: Cuauhtémoc Medina