Pulse Spiral

by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Thursdays, 6:00–10:00 p.m. through August 14, 2014

Exploratorium, Pier 15, East Gallery

Included with museum admission

All Ages

Explore Pulse Spiral, an interactive installation by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer that makes heartbeats dazzlingly visceral. Sensor handles beneath a towering array of lightbulbs detect your heartbeat and the lowest bulb flashes to its rhythm. As new recordings are added, old ones move up the spiral. Over time, the internal rhythms of hundreds of users are displayed.

The lightbulbs are arranged in a spiral paraboloid according to Fermat's equation; an extraordinary spatial distribution found in nature. The piece was created from a heart-rate sensor, computer, DMX controller, custom software, digital dimmers, 300 incandescent lightbulbs, three miles of cable, and a metal platform.

Lozano-Hemmer has had recent solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fundación Telefónica in Buenos Aires, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. He was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Collections holding his work include New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern in London, Jumex in Mexico City, DAROS in Zurich, and Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, among many others.

2008, edition 2/3, 1 artist proof

Photo by Antimodular Research