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Heart Cells

Now that Heaven and Earth VI is up and running I have some space to move about creative ideas that have been stewing for some time now. My list is long and exciting and many faceted in project scope and medium. There is one that has been sat with me for some time and it's back with the hearts....which have moved in and out of my work for many years.

Back in 2000 I created an installation called "You wear your heart on your sleeve."

The whole project began with placing ads looking for love in various English newspapers under three personas. The personas included a sexy schoolgirl , a fruitatarian and a somewhat depressed twenty something. It was a work that included over 300 handmade paper mache hearts (which eventually 6 years down the line were eaten by mice in south London.) In addition to these hearts I had 7 hearts made of resin  each held  a few inches from the wall with nine inch nails. Each  had amateur electronics installed so they beat with light from a small bulb and simple circuit hanging from behind. There was sound as well that stemmed from responses from ads placed, showing more the similarity of response, no matter what the ad was.

What did I Learn ? That there are alot of folks looking for love and it take's all sorts. I wasn't mocking or cruel just more looking to see what people would respond to, is there a place for honesty in self promotion.

Yes there is.

The project I have been dieing to work on and finally have space for is all to do with this fact:

Different people's (or even animal's) heart cells, will all beat in unison in a petrie dish. Different people's brain cells in a petrie dish will not communicate with each other and die.