Week 12: Just exploring


the mobile mood lab – 2017

Mobile exhibition for The Big Anxiety festival of art, science and mental health.

The Mobile Mood Lab was a mobile immersive installation, presented a converted hospital patient transport vehicle. Visitors entering the Mood Lab bus experience a version of The Heart Library Project – resting on their backs an interact with image of themselves floating on a large video screen on the ceiling of the vehicle – as if immersed in a pool of brightly coloured lights. Wireless heart rate sensors record changes in heart rate influenced by stress and relaxation responses – these control the colour, texture and sound of the work: red for faster rates, changing to orange, yellow, green and blue for decreases in heart rate.

The experience is immersive, intimate and mesmerising, accompanied by a live soundtrack of your own heart beat, and sounds that rise and fall with changes in your breathing and heart rate. Afterwards visitors where invited to draw their own maps as a way of processing your experience.

tele-present wind – 2018

This installation consists of a series of 126 x/y tilting mechanical devices connected to thin dried plant stalks installed in a gallery and a dried plant stalk connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. When the wind blows it causes the stalk outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement transmitting the motion to the grouping of devices in the gallery. Therefore the stalks in the gallery space move in real-time and in unison based on the movement of the wind outside.

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