Ellen Nickles

Heart Sync

Interactive installation 2017

An interactive installation, Heart Sync visualizes heartbeats from two people and encourages them to match their heart rates. Participants can also adjust the color of their pulse information to co-create the shared color field between them. Depending on their approach it's either a calming, meditative moment or a playful, competitive game for two. Observed strategies for syncing include breathing in unison, conversing, sustaining eye contact, laughing, running, singing, listening to music, and holding hands.

Two people, each with their left hand on a panel below them, smile at each other across a horizontal screen with multicolor concentric circles radiating from the center. There are two different color heart rate lines along either edge of the screen.
Multicolor concentric circles radiating from the center and sandwiched between two different color heart rate lines, one along the top edge and the other along the bottom edge.
Multicolor concentric circles radiating from the center and sandwiched between two different color heart rate lines, one along the top edge and the other along the bottom edge.
Multicolor concentric circles radiating from the center and sandwiched between two different color heart rate lines, one along the top edge and the other along the bottom edge.