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.
Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, organized and presented by Ars Nova Workshop and Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (ICA).
Research and Investigation: Heart Music
- Bata Wormhole (2020)
16mm film transferred to digital
Runtime: 6:23 min
- Cell Melodies (2020)
Produced by Stefano Croci
Runtime: 40:41 min