Whilst unborn, inside the womb of my mother, a local radio station entered the ward searching for the baby with the strongest heartbeat to broadcast, live, on air to raise money for a babies charity. I was chosen. The recording of this event was archived for 29 years. Now through my practice, I construct a response method to not only the event of which I have imaginary memories, but the experience now of correlating with my unborn self through the medium of pulse, with the present me. I work with my current and born heartbeat in conjunction with my unborn one. Searching for the experience of arrhythmic displacement, sense of poly – rhythm through the tactile and hypothesising the implications of frequent exposure to evidence of my unborn self. The method is heading towards a simple premise – one heart two beats. Two pulses coming from the same source. How would my present heartbeat react to another? Would it recognise itself?
First response recorded in CAC Brighton 2014 as part of the Locked out residency curated by Beth Troakes. Lack of functional equipment, electricity running from a car battery and organisational city stress, resulted in the above film footage, the first response. Dynamic microphone held in mouth to monitor breathing, physical movement and excitation of body to modulate.
Research in the new discipline of neurocardiology shows that the heart is a sensory organ and a sophisticated center for receiving and processing information. The nervous system within the heart (or “heart brain”) enables it to learn, remember, and make functional decisions independent of the brain’s cerebral cortex. Moreover, numerous experiments have demonstrated that the signals the heart continuously sends to the brain influence the function of higher brain centers involved in perception, cognition, and emotional processing. In addition to the extensive neural communication network linking the heart with the brain and body, the heart also communicates information to the brain and throughout the body via electromagnetic field interactions. The heart generates the body’s most powerful and most extensive rhythmic electromagnetic field. Compared to the electromagnetic field produced by the brain, the electrical component of the heart’s field is about 60 times greater in amplitude, and permeates every cell in the body. The magnetic component is approximately 5000 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field.
Final paragraph courtesy of Gregg Prescott M.S Editor In5d and the Heartmath Institute