Atmospheric Memory: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Artist Tour

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Babbage’s obsession is now my own, if we could hear any voice from the past, whose would we want to hear? Loved ones long gone? Languages and songs now extinct? Oral histories never written?
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

This guided tour of Atmospheric Memory with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is designed for professional creative technologists, artists, engineers, producers and programmers who are interested in insights into the technologies used in the conception and making of the exhibition.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s breathtaking immersive art environment is inspired by computing pioneer Charles Babbage's concept of air containing a 'vast library' of every word ever spoken. This exhilarating show uses cutting-edge technologies and theatrical effects to create atmospheres filled with voices and history. Touch the world's first 3D-printed speech bubble, see your voice travel in a ripple tank, walk through clouds of text and interact with virtual environments in a colossal 360-degree projection chamber.


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a media artist working with ideas from architecture and performance. He was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with a monographic exhibition in 2007. He has also shown at Biennials such as Havana, Istanbul, Kochi, Liverpool, Mercosul, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. Lozano-Hemmer has been the subject of 75 solo exhibitions worldwide, including recently a major show at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the inaugural show at the AmorePacific Museum in Seoul and a mid-career retrospective co-produced by the MAC in Montréal and SFMOMA. In 2019, his interactive installation Border Tuner connected people across the US-Mexico border using bridges of light controlled by the voices of participants.



On Gadigal land

Powerhouse Ultimo
500 Harris St
Ultimo NSW 2007

Plan your visit


Bookings essential
Adults $30, Concession $20
Ticket includes entry to Atmospheric Memory

12 August 2023


We encourage visitors with accessibility requirements to contact us via or (02) 9217 0222 for help in planning your visit. We accept Companion Cards.


Atmospheric Memory proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW Blockbusters Funding initiative

Commission Acknowledgement

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Science and Industry Museum (UK), FutureEverything, ELEKTRA / Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montreal and Carolina Performing Arts - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally produced by Manchester International Festival with FutureEverything and Science and Industry Museum (UK).

Major Projector Sponsor

Funded by the Government of Canada

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