This Is a Human Heart, Beating Online

March 28, 2014 | Andy Cush

Artist Jen Lowe is wearing her heart on her website. That is to say, her project One Human Heartbeat displays the rhythm of her cardiac muscle online, broadcasting every contraction on a softly glowing red circle for the internet to see. Lowe tracks her pulse with a Basis smartwatch, and because there’s no way to stream data from the device in real-time, what you see on the site is her heartbeat from 24 hours ago.

On a slightly more morbid note, there are also tickers displaying how many days Lowe has been alive, and how many days statistics she’s liable to continue living, statistically speaking. She’s got 16,449 left.