NOWs: The Data of the Heart by Sarah Rechberger
The Data of the Heart
Installation by Sarah Rechberger
Volkstheater, Weißer Salon
The installation The Data of Heart makes the movements of audience members heart visible. Heart rate in beats per minute (bpm) is transmitted externally to the artwork by a sensor, facilitating a new form of communication and interaction.
This direct experience turns the physical body into a place where light, information, movement and space intersect. In the digital age, the transmission of light, or electricity and information plays a key role. This transmission is not linear: similar to our heartbeats, it takes a pulsing, wave-like form (alternating current, binary code).
In the installation, a straight beam of light is bent into a curve on all sides. The heart is not only an efficient mechanical pump. It is a location of empathy, emotional connection and direct communication. This living impulse connects us all – regardless of ethnic origin, gender, age or religion – including other forms of life such as animals. Even the planet earth has a heartbeat. Its magnetic field constantly pulsates to its own rhythm.
31 May 2019, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
01 June 2019, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm