This project began with questions that we most desired to explore — how can we design experiences that heighten an audience's sense of awareness? How do we immerse ourselves in another’s biorhythms? Is the desire to be in sync — physically, energetically and spiritually — an intrinsic human instinct that exists in every one of us?
The experience requires two participants. Each of them get a pulse sensor attached to their index finger and a set of headphones, then lay down on a chaise lounge. White paper domes lower until they hover over the participant’s upper body, shielding out visual distractions from the environment and submerging them into the experience.
Headphones provide the sound based on the heartbeat of each other, domes show a projection of visuals generated with heartbeat of each other, participants don’t know if they are experiencing their own or another vital sign. With time, sound gets louder, until it becomes the central point of focus and heartbeat rate tends to slow down. When one of the participants remove the pulse reader the domes come up and the experience is over.
Pulse was created in collaboration with Natalia Cabrera and Pat Shiu.
Pulse was exhibited at New York University's ITP 2014 Winter Show & NYC Media Lab Summit 2015.

Love,
Natalia, Namira, & Pat

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