Polysemous light: light as a contradictory material in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s work

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July 23, 2018

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Border Tuner / Sintonizador Fronterizo, Relational Architecture 23, 2019
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Border Tuner / Sintonizador Fronterizo, Relational Architecture 23, 2019. © Monica Lozano

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This paper is a media archaeological study focused on one of the materials that has been recurrent in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s installations and that has a contradictory character: light. The first part of this essay traces the historical theories about light that have fascinated the artist and shows how these theories are present in some of his works. The second part analyses the use of light as a material that helps to increase visibility and serves for care but also for control purposes. Light in Lozano-Hemmer’s work has an oxymoronic character that this paper unfolds, demonstrating its multiple contradictions and the fascination of this artist with its polysemous nature.

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“Polysemous Light: Light as a Contradictory Material in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Work.” Artnodes, July 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.7238/a.v0i21.3185.
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“Polysemous Light: Light as a Contradictory Material in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Work.” Artnodes, July 23, 2018. http://dx.doi.org/10.7238/a.v0i21.3185.
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Polysemous light: light as a contradictory material in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s work. (2018). Artnodes. http://dx.doi.org/10.7238/a.v0i21.3185
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@article{2018Polysemous, journal = {Artnodes}, year = {2018}, month = {jul 23}, title = {Polysemous light: light as a contradictory material in {Rafael} {Lozano}-{Hemmer}\textquoteright{}s work}, howpublished = {http://dx.doi.org/10.7238/a.v0i21.3185}, }