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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer – Pseudomatismos

28.10/2015 – 27.03/2016

MUAC, México

Curating by José Luis Barrios y Alejandra Labastida

The Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) is pleased to present Pseudomatisms, the first comprehensive Museum exhibition dedicated to the work of Mexican media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in his native country.
Curated by José Luis Barrios and Alejandra Labastida, the exhibition features 42 artworks that span 23 years of production using interactive video, robotics, computerized surveillance, photography and sound sculpture.
The show will premiere five new works in varying scales, from Zoom Pavilion, a huge projection piece done in collaboration with Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, to Babbage Nanopamphlets, tiny gold leaflets developed at Cornell University’s Nano Scale Facility. Seminal works on view include Pulse Room, which represented Mexico at the Venice Biennale in 2007, Vicious Circular Breathing on loan from Istanbul’s Borusan Contemporary, and Standards and Double Standards, which is in the MUAC collection.
The title of the exhibition is a reference to the Surrealists’ automatism, an artistic practice built on the expression of the subconscious by placing value on the accidental and random. Lozano-Hemmer expands this notion by reminding us about the impossibility of true randomness in a machinic universe where any pretension of autonomy in any program is only a simulation. In the words of the artist, a pseudomatism aims to make tangible the biases inherent in these simulations. By definition a pseudomatism is an action that is almost-voluntary: if an automaton “acts by itself” the work of Lozano-Hemmer on the contrary tries to “act in relation to”.

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