A Sensory Urban Instrument

The city is an electrifying fray, a maddening web of cacophony that connects every one of us to every one of others. How can we find solace in a world that doesn’t stop?

PULSUS is an ambient, interactive, and experimental installation, a collaborative project between INVIVIA and the Harvard GSD Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab. Molded and folded from concrete, PULSUS acts as an urban instrument that reflects the pulses of its surroundings wherever it is installed. Here in front of Gund Hall, the instrument collects GSD dialogues in real-time, blends them with current digital activity in Cambridge, and reinterprets the mix into an immersive and playful soundscape. The concrete blankets, as they hum to every small fluctuation in activity, encourage visitors to relax and tune in to the GSD chatter.

Come sit, press your ear against the concrete, and listen…


Project Credits / August 2017

Design and Fabrication
INVIVIA in collaboration with GSD Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab (REAL) 

Design Team
Allen Sayegh (GSD), Stefano Andreani (GSD), Humbi Song (GSD), Oliver Luo, Jake Welter, Eric Sluyter, Ziyi Zhang (GSD), and Peter Mabardi 


Special Thanks
Mohsen Mostafavi, Patricia Roberts, Dan Borelli, and GSD Exhibitions

PULSUS at NYC Summer Festival, Soho / August 2017

PULSUS Opening Reception / September 25, 2017