Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s
Heart-Controlled Light Art Installation
is On Display in Abu Dhabi


18:45-23:00 Sunday-Wednesday
18:45-01:00 Thursday-Saturday
Abu Dhabi Corniche – East Plaza

Specially designed for Abu Dhabi in conjunction with Seeing Through Light by the artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Pulse Corniche is the culmination of a series of interactive public art-works that debuted at the 2007 Venice Bienniale with Pulse Room. Pulse Corniche (2015) is an interactive canopy of powerful light beams projected into to the sky by robotic searchlights whose brightness and orientation is controlled by the heart-rate of visitors to the Abu Dhabi’s Corniche. People are free to participate by holding a sensor placed in the centre of the plaza that converts the electrical activity of their heart into a unique lighting sequence. The intensity and direction of the lights makes visual the different biometric rhythms of each participant.


Indicative Image – Open Air Philidelphia.

Although the strength and reach of the searchlights ensures that the illuminated rhythms of peoples’ hearts will be visible at night from across the city, the cumulative effect is a poetic representation of vital signs, arguably the most symbolic human biometric, in an urban scale, transforming the public space into a fleeting architecture of light and movement.

Interview: Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer talks about interactive exhibit on display at East Plaza on the Corniche in The National




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