[NetBehaviour] Turbulence Commission: "Pulse Pool" by the Symbiotic Media Group

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Tue Apr 24 16:19:27 CEST 2007

Turbulence Commission: "Pulse Pool" by the Symbiotic Media Group

For the first time, two cities are connected via the human pulse. From today
through April 29th, during the Cambridge Science Festival and the Boston
ARTS, Inc. present "Pulse Pool."

Place a finger to your neck or wrist. Find your pulse. How does it alter
your awareness of your body? Imagine if you could simultaneously see and
experience another person's pulse the way you feel your own.

"Pulse Pool" is a collaborative multimedia installation created by a group
of students from 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

Wearable electronic units measure individuals' heart rates and transmit this
data to other participants through physical stimulation created by small,
vibrating motors incorporated within the devices. This allows participants
to feel the pulse of individuals who are in close proximity to them.
Additionally, a visual representation of this information 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 is a 2006 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for
its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funds from mediaThe
Foundation. Additional funds from the Museum of Science, Boston; the
National Endowment for the Arts; Rhizome.org; and the University of Oklahoma
Symbiotic Media Center, Lester Wilkinson Chair, College of Engineering,
School of Computer Science, Symbiotic Computing Laboratory, and School of

Museum of Science, Boston: 
DATES: April 23 - 29, 2007
ADMISSION: included with regular Exhibit Halls admission: $16 for adults,
$14 for seniors (60+), and $13 for children (3-11). 
For more information, call 617/723-2500, (TTY) 617/589-0417, or visit

Fred Jones Museum of Art:
DATES: April 24 - 29, 2007, 10am - 5pm.
For more information, visit http://www.ou.edu/fjjma/information/index.html

Cambridge Science Festival: http://www.cambridgesciencefestival.org/
Boston Cyberarts Festival: http://bostoncyberarts.org/.

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Turbulence: http://turbulence.org
Networked_Performance Blog: http://turbulence.org/blog
Networked_Music_Review: http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review
Upgrade! Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade 
New American Radio: http://somewhere.org

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