This was Park’s first interactive performance using a heart-rate sensor to illustrate anxiety and confusion. Suffering from a lifelong fear of butterflies, Park released two-dozen butterflies inside a transparent plastic orb which confined her head. It was a process which stimulated her fear, which heightened her physical response.

With the heart-rate sensor from Polar WearLink affixed to her body, the data collected from the device allowed Park to modulate the tone, pitch, and speed of a pre-recorded audio narrative by Patrick Suskind, entitled Depth Wish.

The narrative was bilingual, in Korean and English, complementing the story of a young female artist who experiences depression from the remarks of a critic, eventually leading to the artist’s suicide.

Medium: Arduino, Polar Wear link, Processing, 24 Butterflies, 1 Plastic Orb
Year: 2011