In the new exhibition of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer art comes to life, but only if you follow a rule: you must participate. But do not worry, you will not be rated.
The exhibition is called "Pulse" and was opened last week at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. There are three installations that create art by collecting biometric data of visitors. (Biometric data is information that identifies your body.) A fingerprint is an example.) Lozano inhibitor uses electronic sensors to collect a person's data and project it through lights, screens, and water pumps to create art. He said that the purpose of this exhibition is to show people that we have our differences, but all share one heartbeat.
"What I like about it is that art is not under my control," says Mexican-Canadian artist Lozano-Hemmer.
"Pulse Index" is the first installation that visitors to Hirshhorn enter. It's a panoramic view of 10,000 fingerprints collected by visitors through a microscope. When a finger is inserted into the microscope, a fingerprint scan appears among thousands of others on the wall. Every time a scan is made, he pushes an old one off the wall. Over 100,000 fingerprints were part of this installation, which traveled around the world.
"Pulse Tank", the second part of the installation, uses the heartbeats of the visitors to create waves that are projected onto the walls in a light show. Scientists use ripple tanks to investigate how waves work.
"The light show is unique; It is never repeated the same, because it is not a video. Everything is created by boosting the electrical activity of the heart, "says Lozano-Hemmer.
Lozano-Hemmer was a chemist before becoming an artist. When his wife was pregnant with twins, he listened to a doctor's visit with an ultrasound machine on their hearts. He asked the doctor to provide each baby with a monitor and found that each beat was different. This inspired him to learn more about how technology and science can be visualized in art.
"Among all this work is the desire to see. I want people to come to the museum with a sense of wonder to visualize data and metrics, "he said.
"Pulse Room" is the last installation. Visitors enter a room with over 200 flickering light bulbs. When two metal bars are held with both hands, a person's heartbeat is recorded. This recording is transmitted to a flashing light bulb. The pear flashes in rhythm and in the speed of this heartbeat. The room roars and rumbles with sounds of different beats.
For the first few days, the heart beats were a mix of visitors to Hirshhorn and those who saw the show this year in Seoul, Korea. However, "Pulse" continues to evolve. Lozano-Hemmer said he was thrilled to see the unique biometric data of thousands of visitors working together to become a masterpiece.