In my Participatory Sound Installations, I create an aesthetic and embodied way of exploring scientific knowledge. The sounds, the lights, the environment, and active actions come together to foster participants’ imagination with curiosity and a pallet of emotions, helping to rediscover a world that is radically changing. In this piece, I build a bridge between science novelties and our sensorial perceptions, crafting a playful relation between science, art, and technology.

LOVE IS (2021) an installation on the perception of our body and the power of our hearts

Materials. Heartbeat monitor. Ultrasound sensor. Raspberry pi. ESP32 wifi board. Coding. Phyton. Supercollider. Arduino

LOVE IS was created to study how people engage and perceive space, using their own bodies to transform the soundscape they listen to.

In this piece, different sounds are triggered by ultrasound sensors: sounds are activated when people move around while wearing a heartbeat monitor that sends their heartbeat to a computer. This computer uses the heart rate as a number to transform the same sounds they are triggering.

When my father passed away, I remembered one of the most beautiful talks we had together about love, and what love was for him. Still today, his words are echoing in my heart. Reflecting on this memory, I thought that even though what love is, is different for every being, there is always an element of presence and strong emotionality.

Following this line of thought, I created this installation, where presence is translated into our movements around the room, and emotion is translated into the beatings of our hearts.

To perform this installation I need a dark room with enough space for people to move around and a PA system (4 speakers would be optimal). It is very simple and very powerful. You can read the following steps to imagine how it can develop.

1. Entering the space. People scan a QR code to access an online PDF with an introduction, a set of instructions, and quotes from Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar about love.

2. Accessing the PDF. The QR gives access to this PDF, where the first page contains an introduction and instructions for the installation, and the second page a scientific text next to a poetic reflection on deforestation to reinforce the message of the artwork.

3. Wearing the heartbeat monitor. these monitors are the ones sending the heart rate to the computer, once every second. When the rate is received, it interacts with the sounds that are being played at that moment, changing the different qualities of the soundscape!

4. Exploring the space. ultrasound sensors (triggers) are set around the room, and when a participant crosses in front of one of them, it activates a specific sound in the computer that was assigned beforehand, flooding the room with a new sounding texture.

In the dark, it feels something like this.

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