Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

1984x1984, 2015

from Shadow Box

Custom software (color, silent), computer, motion sensor, screen

dimensions variable

 

The Henry Melville Fuller Acquisition Fund


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This work is simultaneously the most inviting and frankly fun artwork in this gallery while also being one of the most thought provoking and unsettling. I think that this is why this work seems to resonate with visitors of all ages. It delights me to no end when I see school groups or families playing with this work, seeing themselves reflected in the monitor and becoming part of the artwork by participating in it. I am equally pleased when visitors learn more about the work’s connection to George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel, 1984, which predicted the loss of personnel privacy within a futuristic totalitarian world order making their own connections between this concept and their personal use and reliance upon contemporary forms of surveillance technology. Many are left wondering how this initially playful art work brought about a potentially chilling realization. For me, the magic of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s work lies in this contradiction.