During Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, Japanese artist SASAKI did a live performance of Heartbeat Drawing, an ongoing project where he listens to the actual heartbeats of a live participants as he traces corresponding patterns in red paint with an airbrush. SASAKI has been performing Heartbeat Drawing since 1995 and has exhibited the project all over the world. The Los Angeles performance was a fundraiser to benefit Architecture for Humanity’s relief and rebuilding efforts in Japan.
On the final day of the performance SASAKI created a very special molo softwall by drawing designer/director Stephanie Forsythe’s own heartbeat on a white textile softwall.
SASAKI connected a heart-rate monitor to Stephie’s hand. Her heartbeat then played out loud over a speaker system.
As the audience listened and watched, SASAKI painted a rhythmic line on the softwall in perfect time with Stephanie’s heart.
The finished work is truly a one of a kind piece. It contains a visual representation of 12 minutes of Stephanie’s heartbeat. We will soon release details on the exhibition and sale of the wall with proceeds going to a worthy cause.