The public art project ‘Body Movies’ by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer receives first prize at the International Awards given yesterday at the prestigious Bauhaus School in Dessau, Germany.
‘Body Movies’ consists of 1,200 square metres of interactive projections that transform public space. The piece has been exhibited in The Netherlands, Portugal, Austria and Great Britain.
The piece has also recently received a BAFTA award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, a distinction at the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria and a Gold Award from ID Magazine’s annual design review.
The interactive artwork ‘Body Movies’ by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, has won the Bauhaus Award for merit in architecture, art and urban design. The award was given yesterday in a ceremony at the Bauhaus in the German city of Dessau.
With a total 11,000 euro in prize money, an international jury made up of Professors Lev Manovich, Hans-Dieter Huber, Olia Lialina, Omar Akbar, Ursula Maier and Steve Graham, reviewed 167 projects from 31 countries on the theme of the ‘Telecity’.
As the winner of the 2002 edition, Lozano-Hemmer will be invited for a four-week residence at the ‘Dessau Master Houses’, the Unesco-protected living studios that Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius designed for artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Oskar Schlemmer and Paul Klee.
‘Lozano-Hemmer was chosen because his work presents very innovative artistic proposals to reanimate public space in our cities’ – said Ursula Maier, from Salzburg University, at the award presentation.
One thousand two hundred square metres of interactive projections
‘Body Movies’ premiered last year at the Cultural Capital of Europe Festival in Rotterdam, Holland. The piece allows passers-by to transform large urban spaces with their projected shadow. The shadows reveal 2 to 23 metre tall portraits, which are activated automatically by a video tracking system.
‘Body Movies’ has been presented this year at the Atlantico Pavilion in Lisbon, in the Main Square in Linz and at the Liverpool Biennial. A tour of European and American cities is currently being prepared. The Bauhaus Award is the latest in a string of other accolades for the project: a BAFTA award for Interactive Art from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, a distinction at the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria and a Gold Award in ID Magazine’s Annual Design Review.
If you would like to illustrate this article, you can download dozens of high-resolution scans from the ‘Images’ section of the artist’s website
For more information on the International Bauhaus Award:
Dr. Annette Zehnter
Presse und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
Gropiusallee 38, 06846 Dessau
Tel. 49-340 6508225
Fax: 49-340 6508226
For more information on ‘Body Movies’ or Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s projects:
Relational Art Studio
3958 Parc Lafontaine 1
Montréal, Québec, H2L 3M7 Canada