Final proposal

White Box, Tablet, Earphone

White Box, Tablet, Earphone

The box will be painted in white. Inside the white box, there is a tablet to play the rhythm that combines the sound of heartbeat and electrocardiography (EGG). Earphones will be connected to the tablet, so that visitors can hear the sound. As sound is invisible and immaterial wave, so it is not an object. Moreover, white is a kind of colors and colors are produced when electromagnetic radiation is emitted. Electromagnetic radiation is immaterial. Therefore, it is not an object. I believe using sound and color to make an artwork can represent the key-phrase “not an art object”.


Besides representing the key-phrase, I hope people can think about their lives. According to the statistics of World Health Organization, more than 800,000 people die from suicide every year. It is quite a shocking news. I hope visitors can think about how precious their lives are while they are listening to the heartbeat and the sound of EGG.

True self

Sometimes, people may lose their real selves. There are many standards in the world. For example, many people think a fashionable guy is more popular. If a person get a bachelor degree and a high pay job, he/she is successful. When people is seeking recognition from others, they may try to reach the standards and lose their real selves. In the artwork, heartbeat represents the real thoughts and the color white represents pureness. Through this artwork, I want to encourage viewers to forget those standards temporarily and think purely about what kinds of people they are and what they actually want.

The dimensions of artwork:
Width: 21.5 cm
Length: 29 cm
Height: 16 cm


Further researches

There is a sidewalk art installation called “Pulse Of The City” by George Zisiadis. The installation is about heartbeat, similar to my idea. It transforms viewers’ heartbeats into music.

Pulse of the City

Pulse of the City

I got some inspiration from “Pulse Of The City” and have considered to combine the heartbeat and EGG sound with music. However, one of the messages that I want to express is think purely about our real selves. If I combine the heartbeat with music, music will become an obstacle. Sometimes, when there is other sound, we could not meditate. Therefore, I decided to play the heartbeat and ECG sound only.

As I have decided the topic, so I do some researches on the materials that I can use in my ISP.

Heart Picture

Heartbeat Sound:

Heartbeat Picture

Electrocardiography Sound: