Visitors can add their heartbeat to an array of 3,000 lightbulbs, each glimmering to the pulse of a different participant from the past in Pulse Forest.
(Courtesy Image/Antimodular Studio)
Picture this. It's evening, it's getting dark. You're standing in the North Fest at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and you hear something, the rhythms of 3,000 heartbeats. As you approach a certain grove of trees, you pick up on a subtle mix of whispering voices. Do you stop to add your own? When you get to the three enormous light robots, one of them begins to imitate your movements, and each one sets off swooping sounds.
The "Listening Forest" exhibition is an experience in every sense, says Alejo Benedetti, associate curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges, an experience which you really have to be there physically to understand.