I visited Manar Abu Dhabi last week. My favorite installation was a field of lights that pulsed with the audience’s heartbeat. When I saw it, I felt like I was in Elysium. It stole all the wind from me. Here’s a video of it here. I know I want to create an installation that involves a heartbeat, using sensors, and that’s the Arduino component. As to what detecting the heartbeat will do, I’m still iffy.
I’ve been having a lot of conversations with my dad these days about how disconnected we are from each other and from ourselves. I want to create a project that brings people more in tune with their inner selves and surroundings, using the heartbeat, which is, naturally, already a very intimate thing.
My first idea is maybe when two people’s hearts get in sync, something appears on P5JS screen. And when they’re not in sync, images appear that represent the dissonance that is happening. Or, instead of going that route, everyone’s individual heartbeat draws a unique picture that is added to a larger picture of everyone’s similar but different looking heartbeats. I’ve also been trying to come up with ways I could add poetry/words into this installation the way Andrew Schneider did with his. He did it perfectly.
Or, I’m seeing a circle that pulses on the screen with your heartbeat in something that looks like a universe (like what Pierre did). Something that gets the message of being a pulse in the universe across, and as steps are went through, new poems/words pop up.
Here’s a project called “Text Rain.” I could incorporate words this way, perhaps. Maybe every time the circle pulses, words pop out, but how to make it more interactive so that it’s the audience’s words instead of my own…still unsure. Either way, I’m gonna put a moldboard below. I love Instagram archive pages. Because they have text like this. I want to capture the feeling these images evoke:
It’s a lot. But there’s a vibe. It should be more fleshed out but, things must come together eventually.