Invisible Dust

London | Tuesday 23 April
Pollution level: Moderate

'The Human Sensor' by Kasia Molga, Manchester July 2016

‘The Human Sensor’ by Kasia Molga, Manchester July 2016


Kasia Molga’s ‘Human Sensors’ are illuminated wearables worn by performers to reveal changes in urban air pollution.

Media artist Molga has worked with air pollution scientist Professor Frank Kelly and his team in environmental health, King’s College London.

Molga designed the clothing so that it changes colour depending on the level of black carbon particulate in the air; as PM10 increases the colour of the costume becomes various gradients of red. The air pollution measurements are taken an hour before with a PM10 reader. This data is then fed into the wearables so that the colours reveal the air pollution that you are breathing in on the street you are walking along. The performers mask also detects the performers breathing in real time so that the colours fade in and out with the performers breathing rhythms.

View the performance route maps and data

‘Human Sensor’ was commissioned and produced by Invisible Dust in partnership with Manchester, European City of Science. It is supported by The Wellcome Trust’s Sustaining Excellence Award and Arts Council England.

Also supported by Manchester Science PartnershipsOcean Outdoor and Wayin.

Kasia Molga’s website