In my installation ‘800m’ I organised a series of 800m races, which used heart rates instead of time to communicate performance results. After finishing the race, runners transferred their heart rate beat per minute to their individual music metronome, which communicated their internal body pace externally to be watched.
The music metronomes performed continuously throughout the day according to the rate recorded. The six metronomes provide an explanation rather than an assumption of how the body has experienced the race. The ticking rhythm filled in and explained the exertion of the body during the event rather than measuring the rate of exertion with a number/time. The ticking rhythm was similar to that of a clock. The out of sync rhythm also brought awareness to the individual time experienced rather than the collective.
The viewer could determine for themselves which athlete pushed their body the furthest during the race by looking at which metronome hand was moving the quickest. Viewers could watch the performing metronomes like a race.