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      BB got your Beat: Visualising Heartbeats within a Biosensing Artwork

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2014) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2014)

      8 - 10 July 2014

      Visualisation, Art, Biosensing art, Interactive art, Affective computing, Embodiment, Phenomenology, Participant experience, Biodata, Surveillance, Heartbeat, Aesthetic

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          This paper considers participant experience of the interactive artwork BB got your beat, which uses a contact-free biosensing technology to covertly measure the heartbeat behaviour of passersby. The artwork reinterprets these intimate bodily rhythms using audiovisual feedback to support critical insight into the potential applications for this technology. BB got your beat hints at the surveillance potential of this biosensing technology using the dramatic device of cross hairs and a visual treatment reminiscent of the thermographic visualisations employed in the military surveillance of human bodies. It visualises changes in the pulse rate using as its screen a magnified, high contrast, real time video of the subject’s face - a technique that engages the subject in re-embodying their biodata. The paper discusses the artistic choices and aesthetic theory that inform the visualisation used in the artwork. It considers the phenomenological methodology that grounds this research before discussing the experiences of some of those who encountered the work.

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          Conference
          July 2014
          July 2014
          : 82-88
          Affiliations
          University of Technology Sydney

          15 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/EVA2014.14
          © Jiann Hughes. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2014), London, UK

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2014)
          EVA
          London, UK
          8 - 10 July 2014
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2014)
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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