Membrane is an interactive bio-sensing installation exploring affective vibrations, intersubjectivity and the permeability of our barriers. With a nod to affect studies and string theory it uses sound and light to project the intimate rhythm of the heart into the public sphere. Membrane places the curious centre stage, turns the spotlight on affect and locates the bypasser as witness and collaborator.
In celebrating the affordances offered by this newest piece of contact-free and unobtrusive biofeedback technology, the work also toys with its potential use within the existing arsenal of surveillance technology, a future where pervasive surveillance in-corp-orates the measurement of intimate bodily processes.
Acknowledgments go to the MIT team who developed the eulerian video magnification code upon which the heart rate measuring aspect of this artwork is based.