Heart and Art

Nicola Conraths-Lange
December 10, 2014

Heart and Art is a collaboration between three programs at Interlochen Arts Academy: comparative arts, music and physics. Together, we partnered with the Munson Medical Center in Traverse City for a multi-faceted exploration. First, we examined heart physiology and pathology as an academic subject, covering anatomical and functional information. We used this as a jumping off point to study universal themes of love and death, addressed through poetry, musical composition and performance.

The Comparative Arts performance on February 20, 2015 will feature a live demonstration of the heart echograph, showing improvisation of our Jazz musicians on their own, healthy, heartbeats. A composition major is also creating a chamber music score that the group will play to the sound of the composer's heartbeat in real time.