Visitors to the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Gund Hall may be welcomed by an unusual sight: an undulating concrete blanket sitting beside Gund's main entrance. The installation is actually an interactive soundscape comprising thousands of bits of real-time data. Entitled “PULSUS,” the project is a collaboration between Cambridge-based INVIVIA and the GSD’s Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab (REAL), directed by associate professor of practice in architectural technology Allen Sayegh. Molded and folded from concrete, “PULSUS” is an ambient, interactive, and experimental installation that collects real-time data from the city and reinterprets this dynamic information into interactive soundscapes. The project debuted in New York City's Soho neighborhood in the summer of 2017, before finding its way to its current spot just outside Gund Hall, where it will remain on view until December 15.
As it hums and mists to every small fluctuation in urban activity, “PULSUS” encourage visitors to relax, cool off, and tune in to the dynamic pulses of the city’s communication frenzy....similar to a CyberPark function !