Pulse Park: an interactive installation by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
In the evenings, the Westpark next to Bochum's Jahrhunderthalle turns into a sea of lights created by heartbeats.
- Series: URBAN ARTS RUHR
To make invisible light visible, to see the heart beat and thus become part of an artwork. The interactive installation Pulse Park in Bochum's Westpark which is done within the framework of Ruhrtriennale as programme contribution of Urban Arts Ruhr makes it possible.
250 theatre lights, 250 different intermittent light impulses and numerous visitors queuing up every night to have their systolic and diastolic activity measured. Katja Aßmann is impressed by the large number of visitors participating in the production of Candian-Mexican installation artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. As art director for Urban Arts Ruhr, she managed to win an artist who unites the audience of Ruhrtriennale with the local residents.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, with his kinetic sculptures, aims at achieving interaction between the present and the artificial space and the human being who enters into these surroundings.
The relationship between the human and its surroundings can be experienced; sensors record the heartbeats of visitors and translate them into light and sound impulses. Pulse Park is a platform of exchange. Fascinated by the space of industrial culture with artificially shaped nature, the artist defines a new urban space for encounters with his installation.
Pulse Park is one of the highlights of Lozano Hemmer series which visualises the vital functions of visitors and transforms them into light impulses. Pulse Room, Pulse Front, Pulse Tank, Pulse Spiral, Pulse Phone and Pulse Index are other productions in public space and they symbolically transalte the most important biometric impulse of humans - the heartbeat. The artist presented Pulse Park at Biennale in Venice in 2007 for the first time.
Teaser photo: Rainer Schlautmann
Text: Annika Schmermbeck
Installation Pulse Park / Jahrhunderhalle Bochum / Westpark:
17th August to 16th September 2012 / from dusk until 1:00 / daily