Pollution Explorers is a participatory project co-created with the hackAIR community, that make use of hackAIR platform to help citizens make sense of the complex issues around air pollution. Made up of a series of kit-of-parts experimental wearable devices that incorporate hackAIR sensors and body gesture technology, it
Pollution Explorers is a collaboration between artist Ling Tan and hackAIR, an EU supported project that has built an open technology platform that can be used to access, collect and improve air quality information in Europe. Ling has been co-creating wearable devices to measure air quality through gestures and hackAIR’s platform. She has done this by running several community engagement workshops, in the UK and Belgium, involving the public in her practice and the development of the project. This was a completely participatory project, co-created with the hackAIR community that involved a series of workshops around Europe to collect qualitative and quantitative data.
Pollution Explorers performance at the Centre Pompidou-Paris, during the STARTS Residencies Days 2019
hackAIR has been interested in Ling’s methods of using humans, and not sensors, as air quality monitors in a way that they had not thought of before. Ling gained some important insights into human perception of air quality as opposed to conventional sensors. Her work also suggested solutions about how people can work together to make improvements in air quality that are really noticeable by the public.