Arkive launches its first acquisition in design and architecture: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Hormonium

SAN FRANCISCO (October 20, 2022) – Archivethe first decentralized physical museum in the world, announced its latest acquisition: the museum of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Hormone, a generative artwork that features sequences of ocean waves crashing and releasing airborne text particles. Combining complex chemistry with computer programming, the installation’s visual display links crashing ocean waves with chemical acronyms to represent the chronobiological changes that occur within the human body.

See the full Lozano-Hemmer exhibition, Common Measures, from Pace Gallery here:

Inspired by her growing children, Lozano-Hemmer’s work uses technology to depict the relationship between nature and human chemistry. In our body, many different cycles of time occur simultaneously, from circadian rhythms of waking and sleeping to extensive but relentless patterns of growth, reproduction and aging. In HormoneLozano-Hemmer reminds people to live in tandem with the ever-changing world around us, represented in the symbiosis between man and nature, chemicals and waves.

“Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is one of the few artists to erase the boundaries of technology, nature and art while bridging the gap between all three. Lozano-Hemmer’s work is representative of all humans, and the long but finite nature of his works aligns with Arkive’s own mission to deconstruct how and what a museum’s collections can truly personify.The Arkive community is proud to host Hormone to our collection and is inspired by the artist’s own reflective pieces,” said Tom McLeod, co-founder and executive director of Arkive.

Designed to live for 90 years, the Lozano-Hemmer facility is currently hormonally zero years old. Created alongside an endocrinologist and a computer programmer, the book represents the link between the individual physical vessel and the intrinsic timeline of all life systems, whether waves or chemical processes. .

Hormone captures the universality of growth through change. Some hormones crumble quickly while others slowly wash up on the shore. I hope the acquisition and elevation of this work inspires viewers to be compassionate towards others… embracing the chaos and beauty we all experience with different intensity through the stages of life” , said an Arkive community member.

This acquisition joins five other works of art and cultural artifacts to expand Arkive’s “When Technology Changed the Game” collection. The first cultural artifact introduced into Arkive’s collection was the patent for the world’s first computer, the ENIAC (1946). Next is Seduction (1985), a vintage photograph by Lynn Hershman Leeson, followed by Pat Gorman’s prototype MTV Moonman (1984), followed by Arkive’s first video art acquisition, Eulogy for a Black Mass by Aria Dean. Prior to HormoneArkive’s fifth and final acquisition was Madonna’s three fabric fans from her “Vogue” performance for the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.

Arkive is accepting applications from the first 1,000 members. As an alpha member, you’ll have curated power, access to IRL and digital experiences, and early access to Arkive’s future NFT-based membership.

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About Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexico City-born artist who works at the intersection of architecture and performance art, creating platforms for audience participation using technologies such as robotic lights, digital fountains , computerized surveillance, media walls and telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival and animatronics, his works of light and shadow are, in his words, “anti-monuments for the extraterrestrial agency”.

Lozano-Hemmer was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition at Palazzo Van Axel in 2007, and his work has been shown at the biennials of Cuenca, Havana, Istanbul, Kochi, Liverpool, Melbourne NGV, Moscow, New Orleans, New York ICP, Seoul, Seville, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Wuzhen. His public art has been commissioned for the millennium celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), the memorial to the student massacre in Tlatelolco (2008), the Vancouver Olympics (2010 ), the pre-opening exhibition of the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi (2015) and the activation of the Raurica Roman Theater in Basel (2018).

About Arkeve
Arkive is the world’s first decentralized physical museum. Arkive’s brand new model of how a museum can operate empowers people to curate and select culturally significant items rather than institutions. Built by MoMA and Gagosian alumni, Arkive was co-founded by Tom McLeoda 5x founder who left his last startup, Omni, for Coinbase, and before that ran Pagelime (acquired by SurrealCMS in 2015), LolConnect (acquired by Tencent in 2012), and Imaginary Feet who developed over 15 profitable iPhone apps loved by over 10 million users.

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