Feel the heartbeat of the city with pulse topology
“PULSE TOPOLOGY offers a visualization of human vital signs after a time of social-distancing and mourning,” says artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. “The piece consists of a labyrinth of lights and speakers reacting to the pulse of participants, creating a connective, immersive experience from individual biometrics, reminding us that we are not alone. The work is a memento mori, celebrating our fleeting existence.”
“The vision of Exhibition Place is to serve as the ‘Gathering Place’ for the city,” says Don Boyle, CEO of Exhibition Place. “In presenting PULSE TOPOLOGY with The Bentway, this community building effort is shared by the ethos of the project and the way it brings people together. Leveraging The Bentway’s expertise in delivering public art, we hope to reveal to Torontonians a new side to Exhibition Place, truly one of Toronto’s treasures.”
Mental health and wellbeing has been top of mind over the past year. Through a partnership with CAMH (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), The Bentway and Exhibition Place will invite health care workers from across the city to experience PULSE TOPOLOGY, honouring their work by adding their heartbeats to this collective project, and celebrating the ways public art can improve overall health and wellbeing.
ABOUT Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a media artist who resides in Montreal and works at the intersection of architecture and performance art. As audiences interact with his work, their participation is recorded and added to a collection that plays back in real-time, creating a collective portrait of a community. PULSE TOPOLOGY is the culmination of his series of interactive installations that have been presented around the world, including the Venice Biennale, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, MONA Museum in Australia, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and MUAC Museum in Mexico City.
PULSE TOPOLOGY runs October 2 to 31, 2021.
Tuesday-Friday from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday from Noon – 10:00 PM
In the spirit of accessibility, tickets are pay-what-you-can (PWYC) with a suggested contribution of $5 and no minimum fee.
Pre-registration is required. Tickets will be released in two waves:
September 14 (for viewings scheduled October 2-16)
October 5 (for for viewings scheduled October 17-31)
Visit thebentway.ca/PulseTickets to book a time slot.