Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, ‘Pulse Park’, 2008, bitforms gallery

"Pulse Park" is comprised of a matrix of light beams that graze the central oval field of Madison Square Park. Their intensity is entirely modulated by a sensor that measures the heart rate of participants and the resulting effect is the visualization of vital signs, arguably our most symbolic biometric, in an urban scale.

In "Pulse Park", evening visitors to Madison Square Park have their systolic and diastolic activity measured by a sensor sculpture installed at the North end of the Oval Lawn. These biometric rhythms are translated and projected as pulses of narrow-beam light that will move sequentially down rows of spotlights placed along the perimeter of the lawn as each consecutive participant makes contact with the sensor. The result is a poetic expression of our vital signs, transforming the public space into a fleeting architecture of light and movement.

Pulse Park is inspired by Roberto Gavaldón's film "Macario" (Mexico, 1960) in which the protagonist has a hunger-induced hallucination wherein individuals are represented by lit candles, as well as by the minimalist musical compositions of Conlon Nancarrow, Glenn Branca and Steve Reich. Pulse Park is the culmination of a series that Lozano-Hemmer debuted at the 2007 Venice Biennale with Pulse Room.

Ruhr Triennal, Jahrhunderthalle Park, Bochum, Germany, 2012.

Madison Square Park Spring Party and auction, Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York City, New York, United States, 2011 (concept sketch).

"Pulse Show", Beall Center, University of California, Irvine, California, United States, 2010 - 2011 (video).

"Transition States", Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York City, New York, United States, 2009 (print and video).

"Pulse Park", Madison Square Park, New York City, New York, United States, 2008.

About Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's public art installations combine technology, architecture, and performance using devices like robotics, projections, and cell phones. He constructs "temporary anti-monuments for alien agency," as in Pulse Tank (2008), in which heart rate sensors send ripples across the surface of water, or the Guggenheim's 2009 installation Levels of Nothingness, which allowed people to speak into a computer that linked voice traits to colors that were projected across the room. His Vectorial Elevation (1999), in which 800,000 participants created searchlight sculptures above Mexico City, may well be the world's largest interactive artwork ever.

Mexican, b. 1967, Mexico City, Mexico, based in Mexico City, Mexico

Solo Shows

2014
Carroll / Fletcher, 
London ,
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Obra Sonora

Group Shows

2016
Carroll / Fletcher, 
London ,
LOOKING AT ONE THING AND THINKING OF SOMETHING ELSE
2015
2014
Carroll / Fletcher, 
London ,
Pencil / Line / Eraser
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