Rhythm is a self-portrait drawn with the heart. The work aims to create an enjoyable and playful experience for the visitors to create their own unique piece that captures their personality, emotion, and moments.”


It is an interactive installation that translates the user's heartbeats into abstract visualization in real-time. It was a part of Smithsonian's CTRL+ALT exhibition in New York. There were over 160 participants during the two days exhibition, and each participant was given 5 minutes to reflect one's state of mind on the canvas. 

The detected heartbeats modulate the thickness of each brush marks, which creates a recreation of one's physical and emotional states. The resting heartbeats are associated with thinner brush marks, and faster heartbeats create thicker marks based on the participant's heart data.

The movements of the brush marks are inspired by Pollock's dripping painting technique. Color palettes are randomly generated, but the variation of the palettes are sourced from Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night, Jackson Pollock's Convergence & Autumn Rhythm, Claude Monet's Marine Pourville & The Iris Garden at Giverny & Venice the Grand Canal.

Year: 2016
Medium: Polar H7 heart rate sensor, 65" TV Screens, Mac Mini, Custom-built software "Rhythm"

Lead Creative Technologist: Jihyun Lee

During the exhibition, the visitors were allowed to try it for 5 minutes.
After the experience, their heart visualizations were automatically posted on @project.rhythm Instagram and @project_rhythm Twitter accounts.


Rhythm II