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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (MEXICO/CANADA)

Location: Durham Cathedral Nave

Art meets science as Durham Cathedral becomes Lumiere’s pulsating heart.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Topology is a colossal immersive artwork centring on the theme of human connection as the Cathedral itself becomes a remarkable living expression of the heartbeats of Lumiere visitors. This piece is composed of over four thousand light bulbs, each activated by the heartbeat of the participants. When a new participant interacts with the installation, their pulse is added to the canopy of recordings above them, contributing to a glimmering, connective array through which audiences are invited to walk.

Please notes, last admission to Cathedral installations is 22:30.

About Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Lozano-Hemmer is a media artist working at the intersection of architecture and performance art. He creates platforms for public participation using technologies such as robotic lights, digital fountains, computerized surveillance, media walls, and telematic networks. He was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition at Palazzo Van Axel in 2007 and his large-scale interactive installations have been commissioned for events all over the world. His many awards include the title of Compagnon des Arts et des Lettres du Québec in Québec, and the Governor General’s Award in Canada. Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico and lives and works in Montréal.


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