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November 22, 2005

rafael lozano-hemmer

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3 Expos

33 QUESTIONS PER MINUTE IN BERLIN: Installation at Postdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany; Presentation: 29 November 15:00 at Postdamer Platz 10; Show: 13 December 2005 to 8 January 2006.

33 QUESTIONS PER MINUTE consists of a computer program which uses grammatical rules to combine words from a dictionary and generate 55 billion unique, fortuitous questions. The automated questions are presented at a rate of 33 per minute --the threshold of legibility-- on 21 tiny LCD screens encrusted on the support columns of the exhibition hall or mounted on a wall. The system will take over 3,000 years to ask all possible questions. A keyboard allows participants to log on to the building and add their own questions to the automatic flow. With the assistance of Will Bauer, Conroy Badger, Ana Parga, María Velarde Torres, Luis Jiménez-Carlés, Luis Parga and Gabriela Raventós. English version with the assistance of Rebecca MacSween.

In the upcoming exhibition, a matrix of 1,800 fluorescent lamps will cover an eleven storey-high building in Berlin, a creation of architects realities:united. On this facade will be displayed 55 billion unique and grammatically correct questions; a new German version of the software "33 Questions per Minute". People will be able to input their own questions by typing them in at an outdoor kiosk.

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33 Questions per Minute is part of SPOTS LIGHT- AND MEDIA FACADE. For a period of eighteen months, the eleven-storey glazed main facade of Potsdamer Platz 10 in Berlin will host one of the world’s largest media facades. The installation comprises a computer controlled light matrix of 1,800 fluorescent lamps transforming the facade into a communicative membrane displaying works by internationally renowned artists in changing exhibitions. The first exhibition "The City Has Eyes" is being curated by Andreas Broeckmann and will feature art projects by Carsten Nicolai, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jim Campbell and John Dekron in collaboration with realities:united.

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UNDER SCAN: A large-scale public art commission for the East Midlands region in England; 25 November to 4 December 2005: Brayford Campus, Lincoln; niversity; 12 January to 22 January 2006: Humberstone Gate, Leicester; 3 February to 12 February 2006: Market Square, Northampton; 24 February to 5 March 2006: Market Place, Derby; 17 March to 26 March 2006: Canal Side at Castle Wharf, Nottingham--Under Scan is an interactive video installation for public space. In the piece, passers-by are detected by a computer tracking system that activates video-portraits projected within their shadow on the ground. Over one thousand uncensored portraits of local people are activated by the shadows.

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SUBSCULPTURES: Solo exhibition at Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva, Switzerland; 5 November 2005 to 14 January 2006--Exhibition featuring kinetic sculptures, video, photography and interactive environments. A catalog is available with texts in English and French. Includes the premiere of "Entanglement", an installation with two neon signs that write emails to each other so that they are both simultaneously on or off. NB: In early December, "Entanglement" will also be shown at Art Basel Miami at OMR Gallery and at the transitio_mx festival in Mexico City.

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Also: SUBTITLED PUBLIC--Subtitled Public consists of an empty exhibition space where visitors are tracked with a computerized infrared surveillance system. As people enter the installation, texts are projected onto their bodies: these “subtitles” consist of thousands of verbs conjugated in third person and they follow each individual everywhere they go. The only way to get rid of a subtitle is to touch someone else: the words then are exchanged between them. The piece invades the supposed neutrality of the space that museums and galleries set-up for contemplation, underlining the violent and asymmetric character of observation. Subtitled Public also highlights the danger of surveillance systems that typecast and try to detect different ethnic groups or suspicious individuals, as in the latest computer-vision devices that are being deployed in public spaces around the world. Finally, the installation is an ironic commentary on our era of technological personalization, literally branding all spectators and converting them into “thematic individuals”. With the assistance of Conroy Badger, Will Bauer, Ana Parga, Maria Parga, Tara DeSimone and Matthew Marino. Produced by the BBVA-Bancomer Foundation in Mexico City. [video]

Posted by jo at November 22, 2005 10:23 AM

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