Early Bird Sale
13 Sep 2018, 9am - 28 Sep 2018, 12am
13 Sep 2018, 10am - 27 Sep 2018, 8pm
28 Sep 2018, 12am
28 Sep 2018, 10am
MEGALODEMOCRAT: THE PUBLIC ART OF RAFAEL LOZANO-HEMMER
By Benjamin Duffield
What I want is for people to feel like their presence has an urban scale, and that they have a platform to self-represent. –Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Megalodemocrat celebrates the life and work of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, a Mexican-Canadian artist who creates large-scale interactive installations in public spaces. The resulting interventions rally increasingly isolated urban populaces to transform their cities and reconnect with one another. Shot over ten years across 30 cities, this film documents the process of installing some of these participatory works at the intersection of architecture and performance art.
The outcomes are epic yet intimate: hundreds of lights pulse to the heartbeats of passers-by in a New York City park; voices of Mexico City’s inhabitants are converted into light shining onto the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in memory of the 1968 massacre; a fountain of searchlights programmed by participants around the world on their personal devices coalesce into huge light displays over the sky during the Vancouver Olympics.
Lorenzo-Hemmer wants to give participants the experience of effecting change on their environments by designing poetic ways for them to actively create art. But does his art succeed in empowering? Does art truly have a role in transforming cities and their societies? While Megalodemocrat is global in vision, it is at heart—much like Lozano Hemmer’s art—about the journey of an individual.
Megalodemocrat premiered at the International Festival of Films on Art (2018) in Montreal, winning Best Canadian Film.
This programme includes a post-screening dialogue with director Benjamin Duffield.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (b. 1967) was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and has won two BAFTAs, a Bauhaus and a Governor General’s Award. His works are in the collections of museums including MoMA, The Guggenheim (New York), TATE, The National Gallery of Victoria and Singapore Art Museum. In 2018, Lozano-Hemmer will be the subject of seven solo exhibitions worldwide, including a major show at the Hirshhorn Museum, a public art installation across the US-Mexico border and a mid-career retrospective co-produced by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and SFMOMA.
Early Bird Sale
In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Approximately 94 minutes
Rating / Age Limit
- Rating: PG13 (Some coarse language and violence)
- No admission for infants in arms.
- Admission is subject to tickets and valid IDs produced at the entrance.
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No flash photography or videography is permitted in the galleries.
- Still photography (no flash) for non-commercial use is permitted.
- Photography may not be permitted in the special exhibition galleries.
- Use of selfie sticks and tripods is also not permitted in the galleries.
- No food and drink (including bottled water) is permitted in the galleries.
- Tickets are only valid on the stipulated date, and for one entry.
- Tickets cannot be refunded, sold or exchanged, and are void if altered.
- Concession tickets are only valid for visitors who meet the concessionary requirements.
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[Applicable from 13 Sep 2018 till 27 Sep 2018]
Benjamin Duffield (b. 1971) is one of the six filmmakers behind Yukonna (1998), an award-winning expedition documentary that retraces century-old journeys of prospectors; the film was eventually bought by National Geographic. His recent accomplishments include directing the sci-fi feature Darwin (2016), which premiered at the Vancouver World Film Festival, and co-editing Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017), which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.