Interactive DC Art Exhibit Displays the Wonders of Your Heart

Tired of the usual art exhibits and looking for something new? See Canadian-Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s "Pulse" exhibit at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

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Canadian-Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s "Pulse" exhibit requires your full participation in order to make magic with the wonders of your heart.
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"Pulse" is so grandiose that it has taken over the entire second floor of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
The three installations use heart-rate sensors to create captivating visuals and experiences with your own bio-metric data.
This is the first major solo exhibition for Lozano-Hemmer in the United States.
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From now until the display goes away on April 28, 2019, "Pulse" archives the heart rate response from each visitor.
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The work of art begins with the installation known as Pulse Index, which records fingerprints while detecting heart rates that display on the massive projection.
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After experiencing Pulse Index, viewers enter a live water tank room.
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After placing your hands on the sensors featured in the Pulse Talk room you’ll see ripples that begin in the water tank and travel throughout the room.
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The third installation, Pulse Room, is overloaded with light bulbs on the ceiling.
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When touching the sensor in the room, the lights flicker to your heart rate — and also amplifies the sound of your heartbeat.
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Can’t get enough of the exhibit? You can finish off your visit by watching three short documentaries on the creations of the work of art.
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The three-part installation interactive display is on display through April 28, 2019 at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
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