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Published: 13 Jan 2012

Recording Technology as Art


Mexican-Canadian electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s crowdsourced exhibition Recorders at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, is defying the ‘do not touch’ attitude of the conventional art world.

The show features such technologies as motion detectors, fingerprint scanners, microphones and facial recognition software in a way that unveils their artistic possibilities. A highlight is Pulse Room – a darkened space filled with 300 hanging light bulbs connected to heart rate monitors. When visitors touch one of the monitors, the incandescent bulbs flicker to the beat of their hearts, creating a dazzling light show.

The more we experiment with technology, the more we look for a sense of ‘digital wonderment’ and exciting creative prospects. This exhibition offers a valuable lesson in capturing attention through digital experimentation. Recorders runs until February 12 2012.


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at the MCA from MCA Australia on Vimeo.