Resonance Room

Interactive composition for breathing

Resonance Room is an audiovisual installation by Nick Verstand which connects body and mind by inducing a state of resonance. In this state we feel more secure, focused and at peace. This is achieved when our breathing and heart-rate synchronize: when we inhale, our heart-rate accelerates and when we exhale it decelerates. An increase in heart-rate variability (HRV) activates the parasympathetic part of the nervous system, which allows us to relax and absorb energy, resulting in a positive regulation of our emotional state. Resonance occurs when breathing at a frequency of about six breaths per minute. As this differs per person, the system analyzes our HRV and indicates an optimal breathing rhythm.

The connection between body and mind offers a method for influencing our state of mind through our breathing. By participating, we not only explore our inner selves, but also reveal and share this to others around us. Through this process we research the connection between psychology and physiology. At a time when our senses are constantly overstimulated, the work creates a safe space to unwind and reconnect with ourselves.


created by
Nick Verstand - concept
Salvador Breed - sound composition
Beer van Geer - interaction design
4DSOUND - spatial sound system
Naivi - software development
Wes Broersen - engineering
Kossmandejong - space design
Fiction Factory - construction

Photo’s by Jip Mus

Press & Links:
Museum van de Geest
Volkskrant  (Dutch)