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Published on Feb 18, 2010
Lozano-Hemmer, a Montréal-based artist who was once a Vancouverite, is the creator of the artwork "Vectorial Elevations," part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad. It's a participatory public art piece involving searchlights in the Vancouver sky. Vectorial Elevations is one of the largest and most popular artworks in the Olympiad. Re: his mention of "9-11": At first the artwork's energy use was misunderstood and someone accused the piece of being "an environmental 9-11," hence Lozano-Hemmer's remarks about 9-11 in this clip. In fact, in its entire month-long run, the artwork uses the same amount of power as only 10 hockey games.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City but is a Canadian citizen. Before becoming an artist he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal. To read more of his biography: http://www.lozano-hemmer.com/english/...
In this video, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was answering questions after his keynote speech at the CODE conference in Vancouver, where Olympic artists who use digital technologies were discussing their work. During the Q&A at the end, Rafael unexpectedly decided to speak out about the arts cuts.