Research and Investigation: Heart Music
October 26–November 8, 2020
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All Ages

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Major support for Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Joseph Robert Foundation.

Presented by

Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, organized and presented by Ars Nova Workshop and Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (ICA).

A collection of films chronicling Milford Graves’s study of cardiology. Using a device known as an electronic stethoscope, Graves was able to hear and record the different patterns produced by each heartbeat. Through LabVIEW software, he translated these vibrations into audible frequencies that he called heart music. His research inspired several medical studies, including a collaboration with researcher Carlo Ventura which showed that exposure to heart music caused unassigned stem cells to develop into myocardial cells.<!–

Mondays with Milford

Mondays with Milford is an online screening series presented bi-weekly, in conjunction with Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, an exhibition gathering the many-layered and multi-faceted works of free jazz pioneer and polymath Milford Graves. Scheduled screenings include rare digital footage from Milford Graves’s archives, along with additional video selections and dialogues that contextualize Graves’s practice.–>

Cover: Milford Graves. in the laboratory. Image courtesy of the artist.