Pulse Pool

Pulse Pool was a collaborative multimedia installation created by the Symbiotic Computer Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma. The interconnected components of the Pulse Pool project explore how access to otherwise unavailable corporal information affects human interaction. A visual representation of participants’ heart rate is created by droplets of water falling and making ripples in a pool. These droplets are synchronized with live pulse and relative location data that is collected using wireless communication and RFID positioning technology. An internet connection and custom software allows real-time and archived transmissions of information about the localized Pulse Pool community to be shared with the global community on the World Wide Web. This makes it possible to create interaction between Pulse Pool communities in remote locations.Pulse Pool was a commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence website made possible with funding from mediaThe Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering, School of Computer Science, the Museum of Science, Boston, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rhizome.org, the University of Oklahoma Symbiotic Computer Laboratory, and the OU School of Art101
Pulse Pool at the Museum of Science, Boston, MA
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Pulse Pool at Untitled Gallery in Oklahoma City, OK