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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Thursday, May 16, 2002, 8:00 PM EST

Bartos Theatre, MIT Media Lab (E15)

Computing Culture group

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican-Canadian electronic artist who works in relational architecture, technological theatre, and performance art. His work has been shown in over a dozen countries, including the Istanbul Biennial (Turkey), the ARCO art fair (Spain), Bienal de la Habana (Cuba), Architecture and Media Biennale (Austria), Museo de Monterrey (México), the Musée des Beaux Arts (Canada), European Media Art Festival (Germany), Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), and SIGGRAPH'93 (USA).

His writing has been published in Kunstforum (Germany), Leonardo (USA), Performance Research (UK), Telepolis (Germany), Movimiento Actual (Mexico), Archis (Netherlands), and other art and media publications. He has been on several international juries and has given many workshops and conferences.

With the support of the Telefonica Foundation in Madrid, he curated "Arte Virtual" an electronic art exhibition in an abandoned subway station, he co-organized and moderated the Fifth International Conference on Cyberspace, 5CYBERCONF, and initiated the "Life X.0" art and a-life competitions. He has been a resident artist twice at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.

His pieces, done in collaboration with Will Bauer, have received a Golden Nica in 2000 and honorable mentions at the 1995 and 1998 Prix Ars Electronica. He also won "Best Installation" at the Interactive Digital Media Awards in Toronto, a Cyberstar award in Germany, a distinction at the SFMOMA Webby Awards in San Francisco and an Excellence Prize at the CG Arts Media Art Festival in Tokyo.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a BSc in physical chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. He lives in Madrid, Spain.

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