Mary Corey March

Urban Pulse (SF)

Mixed media Interactive Participatory Installation: starch-sculpted cotton, embroidery floss, flask, bay water, arduino, red LEDs, piezo, pulse sensor, audio recordings and pulses from San Franciscans. 35" x 35" x 30" (12/2013)

About

In this interactive sound installation visitors are invited to place a finger on the pulse sensor to have their pulse taken. This triggers the audio aspect of the piece: a story of a San Francisco Moment recorded from someone whose pulse matches theirs.

The sound of the story is played by a the flask of Bay salt water using a vibrating piezo plate to convert it into a speaker.

To create this piece I went all over the city taking different people's pulses and then asking them to record a brief story of an experience that felt uniquely San Francisco, or a reflection on their relationship with the city.

The programming and circuit building was done by Chris Saari.

To see what story would corrospond with your own pulse, take your pulse and then play the track closest to it.

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