Heart Dance

KIT - Kunst im Tunnel, art gallery

Dusseldorf / Germany, 2009

Location: KIT-Galerie Dusseldorf / Germany
Material: modified stethoscope, microphone capsule, speakers, sound amplifier, sound mixer
Duration: 60:00 min.

I modified a common medical stethoscope: I inserted a microphone capsule into the inner cavity of the stethoscope, in close proximity to the diaphragm membrane, in order to transmit the sound of my heartbeat through the sound system. I run a cable from the microphone inside the stethoscope and connected it to the sound system. The deep tones of my heartbeat were exaggerated through an amplifier. The stethoscope was fixed to my chest near my heart. Once the microphone was plugged in, the 40 megaphones started pounding the excited rhythm of my heartbeat.
My heart bated the bell!
I picked up the rhythm of my heart and tried to dance under it. The faster I moved in the dance, the faster the heart bated its rhythm. The faster my heart was beating, the faster I must dance. We listened to each other. We accelerated each other. We were driving each other to the limits of the possible.
Exhausted, I fell under the bell. The heart rated gradually subsides. With it, the bells bout calms down as well.
The dance is over.


Sound, Installation: Martin Nawrath, Michael Buchholz
Camera: Oleg Yushko, Rikisaburo Sato
Movie: Andrey Ustinov
Production: Academy of Media Arts Cologne, KIT-Galerie Dusseldorf / Germany

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