In A Heartbeat
An interactive art installation, which represents your heart activity through light and sound, commissioned by Uncommon, a workspace provider, for the entrance lobby of their Liverpool St building. Uncommon have an emphasis on wellness and balance in the workplace and wanted people to engage with their inner body signals.
The installation works out your heart rate and variability when you place your finger into a Blood Volume Flow sensor. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is considered to be a good indicator of stress levels and heart health. High levels of stress cause your heart to beat faster and in a more metronomic pattern. People who are relaxed have a lower heart rate and a less regular rhythm. The aim is to make people aware of their internal signals by showing people their heart activity in an engaging way,
Made up of 7,200 red, green and blue LED’s in a 3.6m diameter spiral form, the display will be placed in the lobby of Uncommon’s Liverpool Street, open to the public to experience. The soundtrack that accompanies the installation is designed to sooth, with the generative music composition created in collaboration with leading ambient composer, Richard Norris. The heart rate software was designed in consultation with neuroscientist Professor James Kilner.
Open weekdays, 8am to 6pm
Uncommon, 34-37 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7PP