Arent Weevers: Travelling of the Heart 2.0

17.500,00 Prices include VAT.

Copyright/Artist © Arent Weevers, The Netherlands
Year of production: 2000 – 2018
Time: 5’24”, loop
Medium: Interactive multimedia installation with sound (heartbeat)

Digital and physical work
Sony Cube 2950 29″ Triniton monitor with two speakers
MacMini (player, software), infrared Fingertip Heart Rate Sensor (2x)

Exclusive: No
Edition 2/5  + 2 AP. One edition offered at UNPAINTED artstore

Size monitor (w × h × d): 68.7 x 53.8 x 52.9 cm
Size MacMini (w × h × d): 19.6 cm x 3.6 cm x 19.6 cm
Weight: 1.2 kg

Equipment: MacMini and Sensor (2x) € 2.500,-  are included. Recommended monitor is not included.

Incl. VAT, excl. shipping costs
Delivery time:  40 days

Exhibited at (selection):

  • Beamlab Presents!, New Dakota, Amsterdam|The Netherlands  – November/December 2018
  • Liefde in de Vrijstad, Great or Barbarachurch, Culemborg|The Netherlands  – April 2018
  • Moving Images  – On Tour/, Martinikerk, Groningen|The Netherlands  – September 2015
  •  Solo exhibition, Janskerk, Utrecht – August 2014
  • Solo exhibition, the Highlands Church, Leiden|The Netherlands  – October 2014

Shipping by the artist

Delivery time: 14 days

An elderly naked man and woman look at you from the screen. Then something starts to happen: they begin to dance, following the heartbeat of the visitor. In Travelling of the Heart, a virtual space of changing images and sound respond to the viewer, whose input is needed for the installation to function. Both the tempo and the images are forever shifting, no single second is ever the same.

With the collaboration of Beppie Blankert (dancer), Gérard Lemaître (dancer) and Bianca van Dillen (choreographer).

“Visitors are provided with a sensor which records their heartbeat. On a large screen is a projection of a naked older couple, a man and a woman, performing a dance. One of the dancers is controlled by the heartbeat of a visitor, the other dancer by another visitor’s heartbeat. The goal is to get both heartbeats coordinated in such a way that a joint dance is generated on screen. But the failure of the search for a mutual heartbeat is included in Travelling of the Heart. With the exception of the odd fakir, most of us cannot really control our heart’s rhythm. Maybe for a brief calm and intimate moment. Trying to do this inside the confines of an art installation focuses attention on our inability, and on our brave attempts to conquer our incapacity. Not with an eye on the total aesthetic experience, but just to reach the concrete Other.”

Words of Petran Kockelkoren, Philosopher and Professor Emeritus Art and Technology at University of Twente, The Netherlands.

Further reading: ‘Transcendence versus Embodied Media. The media art of Arent Weevers’ – Sabrina Kamstra.

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