Pulse is an interactive installation that lights up to the beat of your heart. BMW Commissioned Red Paper Heart to create an interactive sculpture as part of the BMW i Born Electric Tour in New York City.
We aren’t always aware our own heartbeat. It's something we really only think about when we're nervous, angry, excited, or perhaps at the doctor's for a checkup. This association with intense emotion is what makes the heartbeat an interesting input. Pulse displays what is hidden inside, turning an internal rhythm into an external display of light and animation.
A pedestal in front of Pulse has a glowing sensor which reads a participant’s heartbeat. As the sculpture displays begins to pulsate, it also charges up with every beat. Every person’s heartbeat makes the piece grow in complexity and intensity which culminates in a brilliant yellow display. Our installation ran alongside other local artists’ work from New York from Nov. 12 – 18th 2012, and for thousands of New Yorkers it truly reflected the pulse of the city.
Programmed with XNA this projection installation uses full body motion capture to recreate an abstract form of the person standing in front of it in a 3D particle engine. It detects when a user is standing in front of it and using facial and body recognition adds glasses and a heart to the user’s body.
Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike's work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one's craft can lead to unique end results.
Ever wondered more about the people that come in to clean the office when you're going home? Invisible Women tells the plight of Latin American migrant women in the UK. These are the women who clean the homes of the affluent, and the offices of our big city firms. They arrive early in the morning or late at night, but go unnoticed, "invisible" to those they serve.
Produced by Literally Films for LAWRS. For more information on LAWRS visit lawrs.org.uk
Music by Hannes Smith '1723 (Paul Valentin Remix)'
written and produced 2012 by Hannes Smith
additional cello by Veronique Jacques
remixed by Paul Valentin hannessmith.com