The third work from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse series, the Pulse Room (2006) rounded out the exhibition, featuring hundreds of clear, incandescent light bulbs hanging from the ceiling in even rows, pulsing with the heartbeats of past visitors. Visitors could add their heartbeat to the installation by touching a sensor, which transmitted the pulse to the first bulb. Additional heartbeats continued to register on the first bulb, advancing earlier recordings ahead one bulb at a time. The sound of the collected heartbeats joined the light display to amplify the physical impact of the installation.

(More about the artist and his works in the last two posts).

Pulse was on view at The Hirshhorn from November 2018 to April 2019.

March 18th, 2019