OPEN AIR in Public Art Review’s “Social Media as Art”

OPEN AIR participants using OPEN AIR app while viewing the installation
Photo James Ewing © 2012 for Association for Public Art

Public Art Review (March 2013)

In “Social Media as Art,” Public Art Review highlights Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s OPEN AIR (as well as Conrad Gleber and Gail Rubini’s My Alaska, Too) to illustrate how artists are using mobile technologies and social media in their work. Commissioned by the Association for Public Art, OPEN AIR was an interactive light installation that combined mobile technology and participants’ voices to activate 24 robotic searchlights along Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway from September 20 – October 14, 2012.

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by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (b. 1967)

Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 21st and 24th Streets

Inspired by Philadelphia’s rich tradition of democracy and respect for free speech, “OPEN AIR” transformed Philadelphia’s night sky with 24 powerful robotic searchlights that were directed by participants’ voices and GPS locations.

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