Pulse and Bloom

  • Ok, let's take a take. There's 1 board, 3 PicoBucks, and 9 LEDs. Those purple connectors are called solderless terminals. They look like this:
    [Image of Gardner Bender 4 Conductor PushGard™ Push-in Wire Connectors 10pk - Gardner Bender Part #: 25-PC4]
    All of those holes are connected. So you plug in a wire from the input and then 3 wires for the outputs and you magically can split the wire into 3.
    Here's the memorization part: on the above diagram, you will need to connect the 6 wires coming from the board (V+, V-, R, G, B, Gnd) to the 3 PicoBucks. So 6 wires requires 6 solderless terminals, for a total of 24 wires (1 input + 3 outputs = 4 wires * 6 terminals = 24 wires). 
    Then each PicoBuck goes to 3 LEDs. Repeat the same procedure above. Connect the 6 PicoBuck terminals (R+, R-, G+, G-, B+, B-) to the 3 LEDs for a total of the same 24 wires. And there are three PicoBucks to do this to.
    24 wires * 4 = 96 wires per lotus. I will be providing three different sizes of wires. There's a 5 meter long wire that connects the board to the connectors that go to the PicoBucks. Then there are 2' wires that connect those connectors to the three PicoBucks, so that they can sit a few feet away from each other and spread out among the petals. Then there are 6" wires the connect those PicoBucks to the individual LEDs, which should all go in slightly different directions.

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  • Connection is at the core of human experience. All traditional cultures have had their spaces of ‘communion’ - of coming together and sharing. These sacred spaces were intensely personal, yet became a focal space to gather and connect.

    Through our art installation “Pulse and Bloom,” we want to use technology to make our inner invisible worlds more visible. Using visual representations of our inner state, we aim to create group experiences of magical synchronicity that make us more aware as individuals and more connected as a community.

    Remembering the ancient philosophers and mystics that spoke of the human heart as the vehicle for union between individual and environment, we wish to recreate this experience through modern heart-quantifying biosensors embedded within public art. Scientific studies show that people who spend a few moments connecting with each other, in time can sync their heartbeats to one another. We’d like to see if having public art as a mirror for this can enable people to connect better and with minimal barriers.

    We believe technology can augment our emotional connection with others. When we visualize our heartbeats, we temporarily break the barriers of biology and share something previously hidden about ourselves. By reducing ourselves to our most basic and primal rhythms, we enter as equals on a platform on which to merge and transcend our individual boundaries. By connecting our hearts, we soften the edges of individual difference and create shared experience.

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