The IHME Contemporary Art Festival in March 2012 will give the public a chance to experience French artist Christian Boltanski´s The Heart Archive. In this work Boltanski´s aim is to collect the sounds of human heartbeats for a communal archive on the island of Teshima, Japan. The archive grows each time the project is carried out in a different part of the world. Heartbeat sounds have already been collected in Sweden, France, the UK, Australia, the USA, Korea and elsewhere.
Each installation of The Heart Archive takes the form of a space where recordings are made of human heartbeats. Next year, The Heart Archive will expand the scope of the IHME Contemporary Art Festival to four cities. The project will be staged in Helsinki, Joensuu, Rovaniemi and Vaasa, simultaneously. Heartbeats will be recorded in all of these cities 12.3-1.4.2012.