Pounding Heart

Yasmin Litschauer (AT), Chiara Mazanec (AT), Aisling Pircher (AT), Laura Scheidl (AT), Johannes Zottele (AT)

u19 winner: Honorary Mention

The project Pounding Heart desires to bring more art into our lives through the fusion of aesthetics and science and thus, to create something appropriate for public and private spaces. 

The idea is to visually depict heartbeat frequency by means of a piece of sculpture. While participants wearing headphones listen to various acoustic situations, the change of their pulse is measured by an electronic device, which sends the registered data to the sculpture, where it’s visualised with light. The concept video shows what the performance looks like and suggests what other areas of application there might be in the future.

After giving this plenty of consideration and staging a few brainstorming sessions in autumn 2017, the team behind Pounding Heart agreed on an experimental project. It’s designed to be visually appealing and to enrich the lives of people in the future. They then began to develop storyboards, which they completed in early 2018. Videos were shot and animated films created. Then came the post-production. Finally – and just in time – they created an audiovisual form.

If and when the project actually comes to fruition, they will produce a 30-centimeter-high fiberglass sculpture in the form of a slightly abstracted human heart, within which are LED fixtures that blink in time with the pulse of the individual linked up to the sculpture. The connection is made by a pulse measuring device that sends the information via Bluetooth to the LEDs’ receiver. The sculpture could be set up in a hospital, a living room, or an office, whereby the particular purpose it serves there is up to the individual.

Yasmin Litschauer, Chiara Mazanec, Aisling Pircher, Laura Scheidl and Johannes Zottele attend Vienna’s Secondary School of Graphic Arts where they major in Multimedia. They are passionately interested in design and art as well as high-tech. After graduation, all of them plan to pursue creative studies.

credits: Yasmin Litschauer (AT), Chiara Mazanec (AT), Aisling Pircher (AT), Laura Scheidl (AT), Johannes Zottele (AT)