Pulse Park – an interactive light installation by Canadian-Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer – transforms Westpark at Bochum, Germany, into a sea of lights, brought to life by the heartbeats of passers-by. A computer-operated sensor measures the activity of each visitor’s heart and translates the data into sound and light pulses.
The Westpark project is Lozano-Hemmer’s largest so far, bigger than his best known installation at Madison Square Park in New York. The German site uses 250 theatre spotlights.
Those in Toronto may remember Pulse Front, a matrix of light over Harbourfront, made with lightbeams from 20 powerful robotic searchlights, controlled by sensors that measured the heart rate of passers-by.
Lozano-Hemmer, based in Montreal, was born in Mexico and moved to Canada in his teens. He has an international reputation as a pioneer in the use of advanced technologies to create artworks that are continuously formed and re-formed based on data from audiences.
More about Ruhr Triennal, Jahrhunderthalle Park, Bochum, Germany, 2012, here.
More photos of the Bochum installation, here.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s biography, here.
His website, here.