Installed in the lobby of the Canada Council for the Arts headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
“The Year’s Midnight” (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer from bitforms gallery on Vimeo.
“The Year’s Midnight” is an interactive installation that shows the viewers’ image on screen, unprocessed, except for plumes of white or black smoke that emanate from their eye sockets until the whole display is filled with a dense smog. Live and recorded eyeballs extracted from the video accumulate on the bottom of the display, similar to traditional representations of St. Lucy. The project’s name is the beginning of John Donne’s “A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day”, a mournful poem which inspires this work.
Giant flask-style sculpture located behind the Millennium Library in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada).
emptyful is a large tracing of a container, over 10 meters high, made of stainless steel, lights, water, fog and snow. It is a meditation on the idea that Winnipeg (and the prairies which surround it) is full of emptiness — a boundless space where various phenomena such as weather, light, seasons and human endeavor come and go.