<em>Pulse Room</em>

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Pulse Room, 2006
Incandescent light bulbs, voltage Controllers,
Heart rate sensors, computer, custom software
Dimensions variable
Edition of 3
Installation view at the 2006 Sydney Biennial

Pulse Room consists of 100 to 300 incandescent light bulbs that flash according to the heart rate of visitors, which is measured with an interface. The resulting effect is not unlike those complex patterns found in minimalist music like Steve Reich or Glenn Branca, where similar but not identical sequences go in and out of phase to give synchronicities, arrhythmias, syncopes, etc. The theory of Cybernetics was first formulated in the National Institute of Cardiology in Mexico City to explain self-regulation in the heart. Here, biometrics provide feedback parameters to create a turbulent light matrix. The piece is inspired by Roberto Gavaldón’s movie “Macario” from 1960, where the protagonist has a hunger-induced hallucination where each person is represented by a faint candle in a cave.

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