Film: MEGALODEMOCRAT: The Public Art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

FREE
Seating is first come, first served.

Running time: 94 min.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is one of the most highly acclaimed urban artists working today, but his pieces wouldn’t exist without participation. MEGALODEMOCRAT explores Lozano-Hemmer’s quest to stage a democratic takeover of public space. Shot over ten years in thirty cities around the world, the film provides intimate access to his large-scale interactive creations in locations such as Trafalgar Square in London, the Vancouver Olympics, the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez border, and New York City’s Park Avenue Tunnel. Lozano-Hemmer’s work is a rallying point for an alienated urban population, longing to connect. Much like his art, MEGALODEMOCRAT is global in scope yet intimate in detail: epic, wide-ranging, and at its heart, a journey.

We encourage you to arrive early. Ring Auditorium seating is limited.

Film: MEGALODEMOCRAT: The Public Art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

FREE
Seating is first come, first served.

Running time: 94 min.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is one of the most highly acclaimed urban artists working today, but his pieces wouldn’t exist without participation. MEGALODEMOCRAT explores Lozano-Hemmer’s quest to stage a democratic takeover of public space. Shot over ten years in thirty cities around the world, the film provides intimate access to his large-scale interactive creations in locations such as Trafalgar Square in London, the Vancouver Olympics, the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez border, and New York City’s Park Avenue Tunnel. Lozano-Hemmer’s work is a rallying point for an alienated urban population, longing to connect. Much like his art, MEGALODEMOCRAT is global in scope yet intimate in detail: epic, wide-ranging, and at its heart, a journey.

We encourage you to arrive early. Ring Auditorium seating is limited.

Level of Confidence (Nivel de confianza)

Level of Confidence is a participatory art project by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, whose interactive Pulse exhibition is currently on view at the Hirshhorn. Created by artist and his studio, Level of Confidence is a response to the mass kidnapping of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teacher’s College in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico on September 26, 2014. It is commonly believed that the students were killed in a massacre involving both drug cartels and government forces, but their fate is still uncertain. Originally debuted six months after the kidnapping took place, the piece uses a face-recognition camera programmed to search for the disappeared students. During the five-day installation at the Hirshhorn, visitors may participate by standing in front of the camera and allowing the system to find the student whose facial features most closely match their own. The system uses algorithms to calculate the accuracy of the match as a percentage and then determines a “level of confidence” score.

The biometric surveillance algorithms used in this project are typically employed by the military and law enforcement to seek out enemies of the state. Here, however, they are repurposed to search for victims—an action that the artist characterizes as a misuse of technology that serves rather than polices the public. As the students have remained missing, and it continues to be the common belief that the students were massacred, it is unlikely that Level of Confidence will ever make a positive match. However the project commemorates the relentless search for the students that continues to this day.

Like many projects by Lozano-Hemmer, Level of Confidence combines technology and social practice to visualize complex issues through an engaging, participatory experience.

Sonic Meditation: Pulse Index

Join New York based sound healing practitioner & meditation teacher Lavender Suarez as she assists you in finding a sense of calm, wellness and transcendence in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Index. Lavender will guide visitors through simple breathing, toning, and listening meditations before inviting everyone to lie down, close their eyes and experience a meditative concert (“sound bath”) featuring live gong and singing bowl playing. No previous meditation experience necessary. Please bring a yoga mat and/or blanket to lie down on comfortably for the duration. Please bring a yoga mat and/or blanket to lie down on comfortably for the duration.

This program is presented with the exhibition Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse. Throughout the centuries and across innovations in audiovisual and bio-technologies, artists have explored new ways to record, replicate, and magnify the human heartbeat. Included in the timeline at the beginning of Pulse, Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations was a pioneering document of avant-garde musical thought in which a composer led participants in sound exercises, which encouraged them to employ their entire body to listen deeply to the sounds in their environment, including internal sounds such as blood pressure and heartbeat. Lavender Suarez studied under Oliveros and follows this tradition to lead you through a sonic meditation experience in Pulse.

Lavender Suarez is a sound healing practitioner, artist & educator based in New York’s Hudson Valley. Lavender regularly facilitates sound healing workshops and has been a featured speaker at The Rubin Museum, MoMA PS1, Maha Rose, RPI University, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Wanderlust Yoga Festival. In the spring of 2016, she taught a ten-week class for children about the scientific and artistic aspects of sound. Lavender is a certified member of the Sound Healers Association and is certified in Tibetan Usui Reiki.

Participation is first-come, first-served.

Please e-mail hirshhornexperience@si.edu if you would like to request ASL interpretation for this program.

MAKER MORNINGS: Pump it Up!

Celebrate rhythm, music, and movement at the Hirshhorn! Join us at MAKER MORNINGS: Pump it Up as we explore the exhibition Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse through hands-on making activities.

During the first four Saturdays in March, you and your young artists can:

Stroller Parking is available in the Lobby.

A special family-friendly ASL tour of Pulse will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 10 am. Interpreters will stay afterwards in the MAKER MORNINGS activity areas.

 

(POSTPONED) Film: MEGALODEMOCRAT: The Public Art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

This event is postponed until a later date.

 

Film and Talk: MEGALODEMOCRAT: The Public Art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

FREE
All advance tickets for this program have been claimed. Don’t worry! We always save a select number of seats for walk-ups, on a first-come, first served basis.
Questions? Email Hirshhornexperience@si.edu
Hirshhorn Members, email HMSGdevelopment@si.edu

This program will be held at the Newseum, with check-in at the Group Entrance on C Street.

Running time: 94 min.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is one of the most highly acclaimed urban artists working today, but his pieces wouldn’t exist without participation. MEGALODEMOCRAT explores Lozano-Hemmer’s quest to stage a democratic takeover of public space. Shot over ten years in thirty cities around the world, the film provides intimate access to his large-scale interactive creations in locations such as Trafalgar Square in London, the Vancouver Olympics, the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez border, and New York City’s Park Avenue Tunnel. Lozano-Hemmer’s work is a rallying point for an alienated urban population, longing to connect. Much like his art, MEGALODEMOCRAT is global in scope yet intimate in detail: epic, wide-ranging, and at its heart, a journey.

Join the Hirshhorn at the Newseum for the DC premiere of MEGALODEMOCRAT, followed by a short conversation with film director Benjamin Duffield and artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

About the Director

Benjamin Duffield is a Montreal-based filmmaker who works both sides of the street, directing and editing fictional and documentary films. Since his graduation from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Film and Theater in 1993, he has created award-winning film and television for the Canadian and American markets. Most recently, he directed the sci-fi feature Darwin (featuring Nick Krause and Molly Parker), which premiered at the 2016 Vancouver Film Festival, and co-edited Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, which won a Special Jury Prize for Masterful Storytelling at Sundance 2017 and Canadian Screen Awards for Best Feature Documentary, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing in 2018.

 

This program is made possible by the collaboration and generous support of the Newseum.