Until 1 November, the London gallery Carroll/Fletcher will welcome an individual exhibition from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, co-founder and former artistic director of VIDA. Entitled Obra sonora, this exhibition comprises four installations in which the artist uses sound as a basis for an artistic creation which invites us on an unusual auditory adventure Lozano-Hemmer uses the concept of “speakers as pixels” in his works, which comprise more than 3000 miniature loudspeakers, each one emitting its own audio. These thousands of sources of sound generate, in an unexpected way, placid landscapes of sound inspired by the visual compositions of composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Edgar Varèse or Alvin Lucier.
The exhibition includes the works Pan-Anthem (2014), an installation which emits hundreds of national anthems from speakers set up to display certain statistical data; Last Breath (2012), a “biometric portrait” of singer Buena Vista Social Club singer Omara Portuondo, in the form of a circuit which emulates her breathing; Voice Array (2011), an interactive installation which was part of Lozano-Hemmer’s exhibition at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica; and finally Sphere Packing (2014), a series of spheres which concentrate all the work of a composer and reproduce it via hundreds of miniature speakers, each one emitting a piece by the composer. As is usual in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s work, the majority of his pieces invite the viewer’s active participation, whether through their voice or as an attentive listener.