Frequency and Volume Now Open at SFMOMA

Frequency and Volume Now Open at SFMOMA

Over the weekend San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened their 2012 ZERO1 Biennial exhibition  by international media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Mexican-born, Montreal-based artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, explores the intersection of architecture, public space, media, and performance within his work. His interactive video and sound installation uses radio equipment to allow participants to tune into any radio frequency between 150 kHz and 1.5 GHz by using their own bodies. According to the artist, he originally developed the piece in response to the Mexican Government shutting down informal or "pirate" radio stations in indigenous communities in the states of Chiapas and Guerrero. Organized by SFMOMA's Curator of Media Arts, Rudolf Frieling, Frequency and Volume, raises questions about who has access to public space, who controls public communication and is designed to visibly communicate the museum’s role as both a receiver and producer of frequencies in a larger network of Bay Area culture. The work's technical equipment will be on view in an adjacent gallery as a sculptural component, communicating visibly the museum's status as both a receiver and producer of frequencies in a larger network of Bay Area culture.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Frequency and Volume is a part of the ZERO1 Biennial and will be on display until February 2013 at SFMOMA. Lozano-Hemmer is also one of the artists participating in Field Conditions currently showcasing at SFMOMA, which is a focused ensemble of works aims to address relationships between conceptual art and theoretical architecture, specifically concerning the subject of fields. In this context, the term "field" refers to an array of objects or marks, accumulating and building to the point of becoming a kind of system. Works gathered here seem to deny the idea of boundary and act as windows into a potentially larger expanse. Exploring concepts such as networks, layering, and confluence while simultaneously providing grounds for a dialogue on the representation of both "place" and "non-place," Field Conditions provokes one to imagine beyond the frame. Some 20 projects featured in the exhibition—including works from established architects to emerging contemporary artists —could be considered spatial experiments that both call attention to and abstract typical notions of representation, reality, and imaginary landscapes. 

Don't miss these two spectacular shows at SFMOMA and while you’re up San Francisco check out the numerous other Biennial exhibitions, events and performances happening until December 8th!