In the line with other works related to research on the “quantified self”, Pulse explores the complexity of the living ecosystem through an “aggregate heart rate” derived from the heart rate and position of every person within their vicinity. Pulse goes a step further by interoperating data from the tracking physical activity and heart-rate of individuals into a mesh network. Pulse is a media installation that allows visitors using a wearable bracelet, through a visual oscillatory system, to actively experience their own heart rate as well as others that are aggregated in a mesh network of biological activity. The aim of this research project is to study the potentiality of aggregating biological signals within a physical environment which can be detected, analyzed, modified and shared among a group of individuals in an era of distributed and wearable computers and visualizing such information as biological phenomena.
About the authors
Marcelo Coelho is an artist and designer whose work seeks to challenge our perception of the physical world by imbuing materials with computation. Spanning a wide range of media, processes, and scales, his work explores the boundaries between matter and information, shedding light on how our senses shape and limit our experiences, while using technology to create new forms of communication and expression. Marcelo Coelho’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including Ars Electronica, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Design Miami/, The Creators Project, Riflemaker Gallery, Johnson Trading Gallery, MIT Museum, Waddesdon Manor, among others. His work can also be found in private collections including the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, The Rothschild Collection and the Tech Museum of Innovation. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Marcelo Coelho received a Bachelor in Computation Arts with highest honors from Concordia University, and a Master and Doctorate in Media Arts and Sciences from the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. Marcelo Coelho currently lives in Boston, where he spends his time between his studio and MIT, developing personal work, collaborations, commissions and research.
Tal Danino is postdoctoral fellow at the MIT, where he studies how microscopic organisms coordinate their behaviors. His Ph.D. work in the field of synthetic biology focused on re-programming bacteria to synchronize their genetic clocks. Tal’s work has been published in prominent scientific journals such as Nature and Science. Tal received BS degrees in Physics, Math, and Chemistry from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSD.