[Part I. Eight Individuals: Singles & Couples]

[Part II. Eight Individuals: Audience] Opening performance

Heartmonic (heart+harmonic) is an interactive performance piece that uses the bodies of participants as instruments, turning their heartbeats into a symphonic ensemble in real time.  

“What if people's heart rhythms create music based on their interaction with other people?”

Heart rate sensors are connected to each of the eight participants, and their heart rhythms are converted to sound. Each individual is assigned the sound of a different instrument—cello, piano, violin, marimba, percussion, flute, clarinet, or bassoon—which is controlled by their heartbeat. The artist, who acts as a conductor, will guide the participants in both physical and emotional activities designed to provoke their feelings. These activities include choreographed dance movements, holding hands, hugging, tickling, and kissing. Resting heartbeats will be associated with a slower tempo, and elevated heartbeats correspond to more dynamic sounds, giving feedback to the participants about their state of body and mind.

Year: 2016
Medium: A custom-built iOS App "Heartmonic", MaxforLive, Ableton Live, 8 iPads, 8 iPad stands, 8 Polar H7 heart rate sensor, 1 Laptop, 1 audio cable, 1 MIDI controller

Original music by: Antfood
Heartrate Mobile App developer: Jihyun Lee
Participants (Part I): Carlos Terán, Cecilia Zhang, Jerllin Cheng, Joseph Weiss, Linnéa Mellander, Magdalena Kovarik, Pablo Gnecco, Sofy Yuditskaya
Participants (Part III): Frank Clifford, Francisco E Ramirez, Izabel Paez, Kouryou Ngin, Michelle Huang, Olya Mikhaliova, Sonia Li, Whitney Falk
Opening Photos by Samantha Nandez (BFA.com) 

Thanks to: Amar Lal, Aaron Sherwood, Jenna Rothstein, Jesse Chorng, Jimmy Chorng, Sam Tarakajian, Alonso Guzman, Carlye Eckert, Daniel Ching, Jeremy Pheiffer, Katie Gaydos, Kayla Farrish, Marielis Garcia, Xavier Townsend