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Hemmer-O-Graph Digital

Hemmer-O-Graph Digital

Integrating creative coding within a contemporary art museum.

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Make Art with your heart

In October of 2018, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC launched an exhibit of Raphael Lozano-Hemmer’s work, featuring three large installations of his pulse-based pieces — Pulse Index, Pulse Tank and Pulse Room. As part of the museum’s public engagement team, working with its Saturday family program, Maker Mornings, I created a custom work to help explain some of the technology and concepts behind the artist’s work. Using the same pulse sensor incorporated in Pulse Tank, along with an Arduino and Processing, I created a custom drawing program that takes the BPM of two museum goers, likely a couple, a parent and child, or siblings, and draws a Lissajous pattern based on their heart rates. The end result is an abstract bio-portrait of the two individuals, merged as one at a single moment in time. Each pattern was printed and branded with the Museum’s logo to act as a takeaway to remember the time they spent together, at the exhibit, and at the museum.

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