Rafael Lozano Hemmer: Pulse Topology

An immersive work that uses heart-rate sensors to create interactive audiovisual experiences from participants’ biometric data.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology (installation view) (2021) by Rafael Lozano-HemmerKemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Pulse Topology

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.

Meet the Artist

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer speaks on the immersive nature of Pulse Topology.

Lozano-Hemmer demonstrates the technology behind Pulse Topology.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology (installation view) by Rafael Lozano-HemmerKemper Museum of Contemporary Art

LED Filament Technology

In place of incandescent bulbs which have been used in Lozano-Hemmer’s previous works, Pulse Topology is powered by LED filament light bulbs. 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology (installation view facing north) (2021) by Rafael Lozano-HemmerKemper Museum of Contemporary Art

LED Filament Technology

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.

Lozano-Hemmer speaks on the tradition of Memento Mori in his work.

Credits: Story

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


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


Evergy is the lead corporate sponsor for Kemper Museum's presentation of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology.


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 


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