Heartmonic (heart + harmonic)
Lisa Park (South Korea)
This performance involved eight participants, each connected to a heart rate sensor and their heartbeats controlled an assigned instrument. The artist, who acted as a conductor, guided the participants in both physical and emotional activities to provoke their feelings. Resting heartbeats were associated with a slower tempo, and elevated heartbeats corresponded to more dynamic sounds.
My recent bodies of work have attempted to poetically represent one’s inner emotional state physically through technology. To achieve this, I have staged interactive installations and performances that use biometric sensors such as brainwave and heart rate monitors to display physiological measurements as auditory and visual representations. I believe that emotion is a universal language; that sharing our feelings with one another connects us together. Building on this idea, audience participation is something I wish to explore further in my works.