Doc Edge Festival 2019 in association with RNZ presents a series of documentary screenings at the auditorium at The Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, as part of the 2019 Auckland Festival, May 31 - June 9.
Megalodemocrat: The Public Art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Canada, US, Mexico, UK | 2018 | 92 mins | English, Spanish (English subtitles) | Dir. Benjamin Duffield | Australasia Premiere
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is one of the most acclaimed artists working today, but his pieces wouldn’t exist without participation. He admits, “If nobody shows up... there's no show.”
But that doesn't happen, as Rafael's projects have hands-on participation to attract viewers, as well as deeper meanings for those who want to engage on that level.
Director Benjamin Duffield's film explores Rafael’s quest to stage democratic takeovers of urban spaces.
Shot over 10 years in 30 cities around the world, Megalodemocrat provides intimate access to his large-scale interactive creations in locations such as Trafalgar Square in London, the Vancouver Olympics and New York’s Park Avenue Tunnel, culminating in a piece that crosses the US-Mexico border.
In our increasingly isolated lives, Megalodemocrat serves as an antidote to alienation.
Rafael's acoustic environments, light shows and interactive projections on five continents have won several awards. The shows use technology to gather people and transform them into actors for social change. His work is a rallying point for a screened-in urban population, longing to connect. The art doesn’t discriminate, and all who participate are given a voice. With that voice comes a sense of hope.
Part of Doc Edge Festival 2019, visit docedge.nz for more information & the complete 2019 Festival Programme