• Installation view, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology,
    June 25, 2021–January 2, 2022, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery,
    Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2021.

    Installation view, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology,
    June 25, 2021–January 2, 2022, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery,
    Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2021.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology

Friday, June 25, 2021 to Sunday, January 2, 2022
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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Pulse Topology is an immersive light and sound environment created by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (born 1967), an internationally recognized media artist working at the intersection of architecture, technology, and performance. In his work, Lozano-Hemmer creates platforms for public participation and explores themes of agency, human connection, and civic engagement. This site-specific project features an upside-down canopy of mountains and valleys made from thousands of suspended light bulbs that mirror the pulse of visitor participants. The immersive environment highlights the basic but essential biological element—the heartbeat—shared amongst us all. Presented for the first time at Kemper Museum, Pulse Topology is the latest work in Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse series, comprised of projects that use heart-rate sensors to create interactive audiovisual experiences from participants’ biometric data.

For the first time in the Pulse series, Lozano-Hemmer will integrate breakthrough touchless remote photoplethysmography (PPG) technology that uses computer vision algorithms to optically detect heartbeats.  

In place of incandescent bulbs which have been used in Lozano-Hemmer’s previous works, Pulse Topology is powered by LED filament light bulbs. Decreasing the energy required to power the installation has allowed Lozano-Hemmer to significantly increase the scale of the project: while previous installations have included 100–300 lightbulbs, Pulse Topology uses 3,000.

About the artist:
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (born Mexico City, 1967) is an artist based in Montreal, Canada, where he earned a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University and now directs Antimodular Research studio. He was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale in 2007, and has had solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., MUAC Museum in Mexico City, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. His work is in many respected collections including MoMA, Guggenheim, Museo del Barrio in New York, the Tate and Science Museum in London, CIFO in Miami, Jumex and MUAC in Mexico City, SFMOMA in San Francisco and others. Lozano-Hemmer was recently appointed to the board of directors for New York’s Public Art Fund and was given the Governor General's award in Canada. 

This exhibition is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs at Kemper Museum.


This exhibition has been generously supported by the Enid and Crosby Kemper  Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; and the R.C. Kemper Jr Charitable Trust and  Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee 

 

Lead Corporate Sponsor 

Premiere Benefactor Sponsor 

Kansas City University 

Sustaining Sponsors 

Mass Medical Storage

Tom and Ruthie Rinehart 

Additional Thanks 

Additional financial assistance is provided by generous donors and members,  especially: William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; Bebe & Crosby  Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; The  Sullivan Family Foundation, Jo Ann and William Sullivan; The Family of Mary Beth Smith  Docent Program; Jack and Karen Holland Visiting Artist Fund; Muriel McBrien Kauffman  Foundation; Bebe and Graham Hunt; Catherine Mead; Bradley and Linda Nicholson  Foundation; Thomas and Sally Wood Family Foundation; Stanley J. Bushman and Ann  Canfield; Charles M. Helzberg and Sandra Baer; Francis Family Foundation; Miller  Nichols Charitable Foundation; Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust, Bank of America,  N.A., Trustee; RLS Illumination Fund; The Sosland Foundation 

                    

EXHIBITION PROGRAMS

Programming is made possible in part by the Jack and Karen Holland Visiting Artist Fund


Virtual Artist Talk with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - WATCH ONLINE
Friday, Jun. 25, 4 p.m. CST | Virtual
FREE | All Ages | Registration required

Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexican-Canadian, born 1967) presents on the work in Kemper Museum’s Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology exhibition and major themes throughout his career. Lozano-Hemmer is an internationally recognized media artist working at the intersection of architecture, technology, and performance. In his work, Lozano-Hemmer creates platforms for public participation and explores themes of agency, human connection, and civic engagement. 

 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Pulse Topology  Opening
Friday, Jun. 25, 6–8 p.m. | Kemper Museum
FREE | All Ages | Timed Tickets Required

Be the first to experience a new special exhibition, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Demonstrating how technology can intimately connect individuals and community, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s immersive site-specific installation Pulse Topology reads visitor’s pulses to illuminate our collective presence as a canopy of thousands of light bulbs. Raise a glass to celebrate the exhibition at the outdoor bar and enjoy music from DJ Brobot. Capacity is limited. Please review COVID-19 safety precautions including a mask requirement here. 

 

TOTs on Tuesdays
Tuesdays, Jun. 15, Jul. 20, Aug. 17, and Sep. 21, 10:30–11:30 a.m. | Kemper Museum
FREE | Ages 3–5 | Registration required

TOTs on Tuesday is back at the museum for the summer! Sing songs, read books, explore art, and make your own art with a Kemper Museum educator and Kansas City librarian. Each TOTs on Tuesday session will be held outdoors. Participants must wear face masks and practice social distancing.

Register for Jun. 15 | Register for Jul. 20 | Register for Aug. 17 | Register for Sep. 21

 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Hybrid Talk and Tours
Kemper Museum’s Talk and Tour series invites participants to enjoy casual conversations with curators, educators, artists, designers, and others offering insight into their work and its connection to the exhibition. These hybrid programs will accommodate a limited number of visitors onsite and will be broadcast live on Zoom and YouTube.

Curator-Led with Erin Dziedzic
Wednesday, Jun. 30, 2–3 p.m. | Kemper Museum & Virtual
FREE | All Ages | Registration required

Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs, who curated this exhibition leads a tour of the exhibition and answers questions about the process of planning the exhibition and working with the artist as he developed the artwork.

Register here for the limited capacity in-person event. | Register here for the virtual event.

Dr. Schoen Kruse
Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2–3 p.m. | Kemper Museum & Virtual
FREE | All Ages | Registration required

Schoen Kruse, PhD, NAOME, is the associate dean of curriculum and integrated learning and associate professor of pharmacology at Kansas City University. Dr. Kruse teaches Art, Observation, and Medicine.

Register here for the limited capacity in-person event. | Register here for the virtual event.

Artist Eye with Kevin Townsend
Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2–3 p.m. | Kemper Museum & Virtual
FREE | All Ages | Registration required

Kansas City-based artist and educator Kevin Townsend leads a tour of the exhibition and connects his time-based performance pieces with works presented in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology.

Register here for the limited capacity in-person event. | Register here for the virtual event.

 

Summer Camp Kemper
Three-day art camps for kids ages 6–12 feature projects inspired by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Campers will engage in creative activities that explore themes in Lozano-Hemmer’s art. 

AT CAPACITY - S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
Jun. 28–30, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. CST daily | Virtual
FREE | Ages 6–12 | Registration required

All projects and activities in this camp will be S.T.E.A.M.-themed. This camp session is virtual and will take place entirely on Zoom.

AT CAPACITY - Sound
Jul. 7–9, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. CST daily | Virtual
FREE | Ages 6–12 | Registration required

All projects and activities in this camp will be connected to the theme sound. This camp session is virtual and will take place entirely on Zoom.

AT CAPACITY - Light
Jul. 14–16 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m. daily | Kemper Museum
FREE | Ages 6–12 | Registration required

All projects and activities in this camp will be connected to the theme light. Camp sessions will take place at Kemper Museum. Participants must wear face masks and practice social distancing.

AT CAPACITY - Interactive Art
Jul. 28–30 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m. daily | Kemper Museum
FREE | Ages 6–12 | Registration required

After experiencing Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology, campers will create their own interactive art projects. Camp sessions will take place at Kemper Museum. Participants must wear face masks and practice social distancing. This session has reached capacity.

AT CAPACITY - Art in Public Spaces
Aug. 4–6 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m. daily | Kemper Museum
FREE | Ages 6–12 | Registration required

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s works are often installed in public places as a way of transforming them into spaces for civic engagement. After learning about his installations including Pulse Topology at Kemper Museum, campers will develop their own creative vision for an outdoor installation. Camp sessions will take place at Kemper Museum. Participants must wear face masks and practice social distancing.

 

Guided Meditation Series
Thursdays, Jul. 15, Aug. 5, and Oct. 14, 7–8 p.m. | Virtual
FREE | All Ages | Registration required

Participants will be guided through meditation, qigong, breathing instruction, and sound healing. No experience necessary and classes vary. These hybrid programs will accommodate a limited number of visitors onsite in the Pulse Topology gallery and will be broadcast live on Zoom and YouTube.

Register for the limited capacity in-person event on Jul. 15. | Register for the virtual event on Jul. 15.
Register for the limited capacity in-person event on Aug. 5. | Register for the virtual event on Aug. 5.
Register for the limited capacity in-person event on Oct. 14. | Register for the virtual event on Oct. 14.

Midwest Transplant Network Panel
Thursday, Jul. 29, 6–7 p.m. | Kemper Museum & Virtual
FREE | All Ages | Registration Required

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology gives us a unique look at the natural beauty of the heartbeat and the art it creates in much the same way organ, eye, and tissue donation grants the continuation of this beauty through transplantation. Join Midwest Transplant Network and Kemper Museum on Thursday, July 29, for a panel discussion focusing on the beauty of organ, eye, and tissue donation. This hybrid program will accommodate a limited number of visitors onsite and will be broadcast live on Zoom and YouTube. 

Register for the limited capacity in-person event here. | Register for the virtual event here.

Museum Mystery Art Challenge
Saturday, Sep. 4, 2–3:30 p.m. | Kemper Museum
FREE | All Ages | Registration required

Teams of up to four people will compete in this timed mystery art challenge with the theme interactive art, inspired by Pulse Topology. Each socially distanced team will receive the same box of mystery art materials, using only these materials, will be challenged to create a piece of interactive art. To register, email eclosen@kemperart.org.

 

Virtual Mystery Art Challenge
Saturday, Sep. 18, 2–3 p.m. CST | Virtual
FREE | All Ages | Registration required

Register by September 3 to receive your free mystery package by mail filled with unknown art materials. Then, use only the materials in the mystery art package to create your own piece of interactive art. Tune in on Saturday, September 18 to share what you made with other participants on Zoom. Register here.