With this piece I want to play with the idea of being someone else, being in someone else’s “heart”, in an exercise of detaching from ourselves/transposing ourselves into another body, another skin, another situation, another life. A metaphor for compassion.
My piece uses the kitsch conception of a precious heart, something valuable, a jewel, a symbol of love, from where comes the noblest attitudes to change the world, but it is fragile and needs to be preserved. So, as Snow White lying in the middle of the forest, the heart is presented in a glass dome. Protected only by a vulnerable glass barrier. Untouchable, but still visible, arousing the audience’s curiosity.
The heart is made with yarn (100% wool, lace weight) molded in the shape and size of an actual human heart. The chosen material allows it be translucid, being possible to see through its thin skin. Inside, a LED light and a buzz is turned on by a pulse sensor connected to the piece.
The audience is invited to interact with it, putting “their hearts on it” in order to keep it pulsing. Whenever someone uses the sensor, the light and buzz are activated. Albeit separated from the body the heart is still alive pumping. Although it does not belong to a single person, the audience working together makes it go on. The heart will keep beating as long someone pays attention, connects himself/herself to it. To complete the metaphor, the opposite is also true: if people do not use the sensor, the heart dies, meaning that the world changes depending on the collective effort.