The Rhythm of Life launches this 13th-14th September at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen during the Witte de Withkwartier Festival 2014. Alongside partnering artwork Experiment #2: Consent, the works explore performative data exchanges under the research enquiry: For What It’s Worth.

13th – 14th September 2014
De Wereld de Witte de Withkwartier Festival 2014
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20 / 3015 CX Rotterdam
Tram 7 (direction Willemsplein) or 20 (direction Lombardijen)
Official Opening: Saturday 13th September 11:00 hrs

Project synopsis:
The Rhythm of Life is a collaboration between designers / artists Mike Thompson, Susana Cámara Leret and Dave Young and the Netherlands Metabolomics Centre. The project presents a hybrid art/science research instrument, offering participants the possibility to listen in on the electro-chemical messages transmitted by their bodies, in exchange for donating their personal biodata to scientific research.
The artists investigate the potential of sensory data experiences, through an ambiguous data collection process, making use of the Photon-Multiplier Tube (PMT), an experimental medical device designed to measure biophoton emissions from the skin. Biophotons, or light emitted during biological processes, are used in cell to cell communication in plants, bacteria and animals. Invisible to the naked eye, these particles of light belong to the electromagnetic spectrum and are detectable with instruments such as the PMT. Placing their hands in the PMT, participants hear their emissions as complex percussive rhythms, performed in real-time.
Additionally, collaborating with The Data & Ethics Working Group (of which the artists are also members) through a partnering artwork titled Experiment #2: Consent, the works probe the processes and authoritative gestures that legitimise the collection of personal information and how informed consent is attained and defined.

About the team:
The Rhythm of Life is produced by Amsterdam based designers Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret and media artist Dave Young, in collaboration with scientists from the Netherlands Metabolics Centre at Leiden University, and TNO Quality of Life.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Gert Jan van Rooij