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Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer on BC arts cuts and on his searchlight artwork Vectorial Elevations

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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.

To participate, make your own design on the Vectorial Elevations website and then watch as it is displayed across the clouds.
http://www.vectorialvancouver.net/

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.

Full transcript of the relevant section of his talk is here:
http://stopbcartscuts.wordpress.com/2...

Video and transcript appear by permission of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

stopbcartscuts at paarc.ca

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