Heart of the Matter

Designer | Artist Alexa Wright
Year 2014

Heart of the Matter is an eight channel interactive sound installation that explores the impact that heart transplant can have on a recipient’s sense of self as a bounded and unique individual. In the installation, monologues compiled from individual accounts of the experience of heart transplant are juxtaposed with personal narratives of intimate relationships, in which a parallel leaking of boundaries occurs in the interdependent affiliation between self and other. The stories, which emerge from a series of simple felt jackets hanging on the walls, are activated as visitors approach. As more people enter the space, the eight individual stories are overlaid to form a cacophony of interconnected testimonies about the effects of a physical or emotional change of heart – it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two.