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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Subtitled Public introduces another of Lozano-Hemmer's consistent themes: the issue of surveillance and the fact that - as his work makes abundantly clear - many aspects of our lives can easily be monitored.

Installed within a darkened, empty space, the piece employs its own computerised surveillance system to detect new visitors and assign them a random 'subtitle' from a list of possible verbs, such as 'lying', 'watching' or 'achieving' (the title in the image above reads sangra, 'bleeding' in Spanish).

The label is then projected onto the participant, eerily 'adhering' to their body as they move; the only way to remove it is by touching another person, upon which the subtitles of both are exchanged.

More overtly politicized than many of the artist's other works, 'Subtitled Public' points disturbingly to the fact that data concerning us can be interpreted - quite possibly arbitrarily and erroneously - without our consent or even knowledge.


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