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Voice Array | Tape Recorder
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Voice Array | Tape Recorder

Tape Recorders by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

These two installations, Voice Array and Tape Recorder, were made by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Both installations are part of a larger exhibition about his interactive recorders, which happens to be his first solo exhibition in Australia. The two installations above are entirely new for the exhibit, and are accompanied by ten other installations by Lozano-Hemmer. The twelve installations are open for interaction until mid-February.

As a participant speaks into an intercom, their voice is automatically translated into flashes of light and then this unique blinking pattern is stored as a loop in the first light of the array. Each new recording pushes all previous recordings one position down and gradually one can hear the cumulative sound of the 288 previous recordings. The voice that was pushed out of the array can then be heard by itself.

Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Rows of motorised measuring tapes record the amount of time that visitors stay in the installation. As a computerised tracking system detects the presence of a person, the closest measuring tape starts to project upwards. When the tape reaches around 3m high it crashes and recoils back.

Each hour, the system prints the total number of minutes spent by the sum of all visitors. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

On view at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney until February 12, 2012.

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