SCIENCE GALLERY MELBOURNE: BLOOD EXHIBITION OPENING PERFORMANCE

SCIENCE GALLERY MELBOURNE
“PUMP UP YOUR BLOOD”
NEW WORK COMMISSION for
INAUGURAL EXHIBITION “BLOOD: Attract & Repel”
2 August 2017

‘Pump up your blood’ is a new generative multi media performance artwork.

Inspired by the sonic nature of blood pressure readings discovered by Russian physician Nikolai Korotkoff (1905), blood pressure and heartbeat sounds are recorded, sampled and processed live with a digital stethoscope. This “pulse” forms a percussive rhythm for musical composition, and a beat bed for improvised performance on electric cello, piano, synthesizer (keyboard programmed with multiple heart beat samples) and electronics (loop machine, delay and fx pedals, laptop). 3D visual images of the heart are synchronised with the live heartbeat sounds (4 independent sound inputs in total), creating a generative, real-time, immersive and interactive audio-visual experience.

This collaborative work was developed during the inaugural Science Gallery Melbourne artist-in-residency program with PhD candidates from Microsoft SocialNUI.

OFFICIAL PARTNERS

ThinkLabs, Yamaha Music Australia, Microsoft SocialNUI, RVS Designs, contrapuntal and LSS Productions.

PRODUCTION: contrapuntal
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Benjamin Skepper
VIDEOGRAPHY AND ANIMATION: Paul Rogers
VISUAL PROGRAMMING: Martin Reinoso Naranjo, Jie Wen, Thuong Hoang
SCIENCE GALLERY DIRECTOR: Rose Hiscock
CURATOR: Dr. Ryan Jeffries
GALLERY PRODUCER: Lizzie Crouch