Pulse Index is a biometric installation that records participants’ fingerprints and heart rates at the same time. The piece displays data for the last 10,925 participants in a stepped display, that creates a spiral room of skin.
To participate, visitors place their finger into a custom made sensor equipped with a digital microscope and a pulsimeter. Their fingerprint immediately appears on the largest cell of the display, pulsating to their heartbeat alongside the heartbeats and fingerprints of others. As more visitors try the piece, one’s own recording travels sideways and is reduced in size until it disappears altogether — a kind of memento mori.
This work was displayed as part of Blood: Not for the faint-hearted at Science Gallery Dublin.
Image: Science Gallery Dublin; Mark Stedman, Photocall Ireland