Dusts Chambers – What does a dust sensor see? / 粉尘箱. 灰尘传感器能看见什么？
Adam Hudec and Tomas Tichomirov Most of us, as data says, live in cities suffering from a constant high level of airborne dusts pollution. Yet, we do not perceive the 18 kilograms of dusts that every human being on average inhales in a lifetime. Therefore we developed devices that deconstruct air pollution into readable data and visualise the information that describe dust processes in atmosphere in a precise but not always factual ways. These devices are dust detectors, simple optical sensors counting the number of particles within a certain volume of air.
Dusts sensors constantly monitor the movement of airborne dusts particles on the scale of a street, city, country and globally. Visualization of particulate matter clearly links the human presence mirrored in amount of particles in the air. Therefore, we perceive airborne dusts as a medium of transformation and contact between the human and the non-human world, between nature and culture. Through this medium we can understand the impact of our actions upon the environment.
Dusts Chambers exceed our perception of airborne dusts that is invisible to naked human eye. By rendering an urban (air) condition readable by sensors only we can reconstruct a dusts-measuring-device in a way that makes it not only a device producing data, but also offers an interactive and sensual experience between humans, technology and the urban environment.
The interactive experience is curated by real airborne dusts collected on different places in Shenzhen, meeting in a single exhibition space. Dusts Chambers are technological devices to help us perceive the environment, they act almost as a human sixth sense: to perceive, to feel, to see and to smell the invisible. Dusts Chambers are time accelerating machines which foresee our futures through dusts. They are interactive instruments which highlight the relationship between human and non-human world. Exteriorized, uncontrolled and invisible processes of motion, transformation and contact take place within the devices and are rendered perceptible by the naked eye. These chambers combine, separate, contain, release and act as technological entities for the dust could become the only collective trace we leave on Earth.
Adam Hudec, Tomas Tichomirov, RESPILON Group (sponsorship), Design Trust (sponsorship), Dusts Institute (research support).
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