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Heart Bloom

 

2015; 120x50x30cm; interactive multi-media installation.

Heart Bloom is a participatory live-art installation, which offers the audience a biofeedback experience through mechanical movement, sound, and artistic visualisation. Only when you experience excitement or fear you actually feel your heart beat fast inside our chest. However, without you being aware of it, the heart is continually changing its frequency. Biofeedback is a technique that measures physiological processes, and rapidly gives back the data to the users, helping them to be aware of their physiological conditions. Each heartbeat triggers one movement, creating a line or a dot. The variation of the heart rate is demonstrated by the pen’s behaviour in real time. The overall heart rate variability is reflected by the visual characteristics of the generated drawing on paper. Let the heart lead the brush!

With Heart Bloom we visit a series of charitable public activities organised by the Hartstichting. At these events we bring Heart Bloom to children with a heart disease. The interaction with Heart Bloom empowers them to see, hear and feel the ‘seed’ inside their body blooming into a ‘flower’ with every beat of their heart. 
Heart Bloom brings the positive message that everyone is special, and that the hearts of children with CHD might function abnormal but create unique and beautiful flowers. We also believe that these activities tie the relationship of children with their own heart, their family and the friendships among other children with a heart disease.

 

Credits:
Heart Bloom is a collaboration with Bin Yu and is supported by the DI Group, Industrial Design, TU/e (Loe Feijs, Jun Hu, Mathias Funk) and Creative Industries Fund NL.