'Listening Forest' Might Take the Prize for Most Immersive Exhibition of the YearCreated by acclaimed Mexican-Canadian artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
Art may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Arkansas, but Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s new exhibition will likely put the Natural State on your radar. Known the world over for his large-scale installations that invite public participation, the Mexican-Canadian artist will unveil an ethereal series of work at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Located in Bentonville, roughly a three-hour car ride north of Little Rock, Listening Forest is a site-specific installation mapped across eight unique artworks that are activated by visitors’ heart rate, body, voice and movements. The nighttime experience marks Lozano-Hemmer’s largest outdoor installation to date and will be complemented by a soundtrack composed by electronic musician, Scanner (Robin Rimbaud).
Amongst the work on view, each visitor will take on the role of collaborator by controlling 20-foot-tall stick figures made of light and providing their voice recording into a chorus of echoes from past participants. Arguably the highlight of the show will center around Summon — a luminescent sea of lightbulbs that glimmer to the pulse of each participant.
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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712