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I Can Hear Your Heart Beat – Platform in Vasa

Interactive sound installation in accociation to the IHME Contemporary Art Festival in Vaasa/Fi, 2012.


Year: 1996/2012
Technology: telemetric equipment, two speakers, electrodes and amplifier

The interactive sound installation is based on heartbeats and on an encounter between two people. In this work the silent becomes heard and the importance of interaction is emphasised. Three electrodes are placed on the participators breast. The heartbeats of the participators are transmitted through separate speakers. After a few seconds the heartbeats of the participants synchronise for a while, until they found their own rhythm again. An intimate meeting between their hearts take place.

15.–31.3.2012, Vaasa Railway Station

Thursday–Saturday, 1–4 pm.

Opening 15.3.2012, 2–8 pm.

In association to the IHME Contemporary art festival in Finland the interactive sound installation I can hear your heart beat by Mari Kretz, Platform’s current artist in residence, is shown in Vaasa.

I can hear your heart beat is an interactive sound installation which registers, visualizes and makes the inaudible audible. Two chairs are placed facing each other, next to each chair is a loudspeaker. Two participants sit on the chairs facing each other. Electrodes are placed on the participant’s chests. Their heartbeats are transmitted through the loudspeakers. After a while, both hearts are synchronized, then they return to their own rhythm. An intimate meeting takes place.


The site for The IHME Contemporary art festival’s production, Christian Boltanskis’ The Heart Archive and the recordings in Vaasa is Vaasa City Library. You can participate during the opening hours of the library.


In cooperation with

Bertil Nordström, researcher at Arbetslivsinstitutet in Umeå
Platform, Vaasa, Finland

For more information

Platform in Vaasa, Finland read more at page 65-66

Interview at YLE
Published Thursday 22.3.2012.