(T)racing Eyes and Hearts: Reflections on Physiology and Embodimen

Eyes darting, or maintaining a steady gaze straight ahead. Heartbeat racing, or maintaining a slow, even rhythm. If we encounter these phenomena in another, how do we respond – not just affectively, but physiologically? Eye movements and heartbeats are among the most intuitively meaningful physiological characteristics that humans observe in one another. Without necessarily consciously realizing it, we often respond empathetically. This project brings together humanities and physiology scholars to create an art installation that uses representation, tracking, and multiple visualizations, both digital and non-digital, to investigate and reflect upon the heart.

This research is more broadly situated in our collective interest in multiple ways of knowing, feminist visualizations, and heart feminism.

In collaboration with Dr. Anne Pollock (School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, Georgia Tech) and Dr. Lewis Wheaton (School of Biology, Georgia Tech). Funded by GVU Small Research Grants.

Related publications and presentations:

Nassim JafariNaimi and Anne Pollock, “Heart Time: Reflections on Physiology and Embodiment.” 2017 Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA), November 2017 (Tempe, Arizona).