The first in a five part series on genesis. Part immersive laser show, part international and liminal performance art, Aurora is the story of a single note emerging from an undifferentiated mass.

In October 2016 Sofy will be going to the Arctic Circle with thearcticcircle.org. Once there she will project the electronic and actual heartbeats collected from close friends and relatives sending a loving collective message to the stars.

Here is a visualization of the Earth’s magnetic field taken from the Science Times and modified to bring attention to the flow if the magnetic fields.
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The Earth is a space flower singing the song of life.
Genesis Cycle: Aurora is an intermedia performance which takes place in Bangalore, New York City, and on a freighter in the Arctic Circle. Aurora plays with radio signals from around the world and pulls from them, the beating of our single human heart.
There will be an invitation to share heartbeats on Nov 1, All Souls Day, 2015. Participants will receive this letter and be invited to digitally share their heartbeats for the visualization.

The two devices, the heartbeat recorder and the RF reader are being designed right now using 3d print technology. Here are the current design, made with the help of Norman Savitt.

The visualization code is in process. Here it is in it’s current state, written by Daniel Tsadok.

Nuts and bolts:
The processing is done in Pd and Final Cut X, the visualization is made in Open Frameworks. The lasers are run with an Etherdream from my mac.
This project has been lovingly developed with guidance from Art-A-Hack at Thoughtworks. The team members for that iteration were Norman Savitt, Daniel Tsadok, and Avi Fox-Rosen. You can see out project presentation here.

Here are the samples of two heart beats, me and my friend Avi Fox Rosen who is also the sound master in this project.

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Test of the heart beat sensor and laser visualization:

The visualization code is in process. Here it is in it’s current state, written by Daniel Tsadok.

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Nuts and bolts:

The processing is done in Pd, the visualization is made in Open Frameworks. The lasers are run with an Etherdream from my mac.

The framework for this project has been lovingly developed with guidance from Art-A-Hack at Thoughtworks. The team members for that iteration were Norman Savitt, Daniel Tsadok, and Avi Fox-Rosen. You can see out project presentation here.

In May 2016 I went to Infinity Hackbase and collected the heartbeats of the community there, they will be the founding community out of which the few pinpointed heartbeats emerge.

In June for the Summer Solstice Rebecca Cloudy and I explored what that mapping would look like if it was one heart beat, traced back on to the human body in a performance at Le Poisson Rouge in NY.

“O tu illustrata” by Hildegard Von Bingen is a Divine Feminine creation song from the middle ages, the heartbeat on Rebecca’s chest, sonified via laser, was sampled from a lover gazing into their lover’s eyes.

Prints of the heartbeats on display at Holocenter NYC from July 4-Aug 1 2016

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The images themselves:

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The heartbeats were projected in the Arctic off the coast of Shpitzbergen! Here are the pictures:

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