Invisible Dust

London | Thursday 26 April
Pollution level: Moderate

HUMAN SENSOR LDN at Under Her Eye

AIR:
9-10pm, Saturday 2nd June
Performance starts from meeting point on Euston Road, London.

Award winning artist Kasia Molga has reconfigured her powerful performance ‘Human Sensor’ first created in Manchester in 2016 for ‘Under Her Eye’. ‘Human Sensor’ explores Londoners daily exposure to air pollution through a combination of cutting edge wearable technology and dance, exploring a futuristic narrative about how our bodies can be used or employed in the future to sense the health of the environment.

Human Sensor LDN’ is a large-scale digital and performance artwork commissioned and produced by Invisible Dust in partnership with Euston Town BID as part of ‘Under Her Eye: Women in the Art and Science of Climate Change’ Summit and Festival, 1-2nd June 2018 and creative technologist Kasia Molga. This powerful premiere explores London’s inhabitants’ daily exposure to air pollution through a combination of cutting edge wearable technology and immersive theatre telling a futuristic narrative about how our bodies can be used or employed in the future to sense the health of environment. Euston Town BID was set up as a business partnership in reaction to the HS2 infrastructure programme, and are committed to improving green space, protecting local air quality and contributing to a city-wide effort to create a more sustainable future.

©Human Sensor, Kasia Molga, 2016, photo credit Nick Harrison, courtesy of Invisible Dust

 

Wired up to a series of breathing and air pollution data sensors, the dancer’s costumes illuminate in a real-time response to pollution levels – pulsing with their breath and movements. As they travel along the space – the fluctuation in pollution influences the colours and configurations of light on the wearable, which fades in and out with dancer’s inhalations and exhalations. Starting on the congested Euston Road, dancers in costumes move through the Euston Town’s green walking route, stopping and performing at key viewpoints, ending with a final performance near Regent’s Place.

Commissioned by Invisible Dust and Euston Town BID (Business Improvement District) ‘Human Sensor LDN’ is a large-scale digital and performance artwork from award-winning artist and creative technologist Kasia Molga.

Pollution, lack of greenery, congestion – environmental factors that impact negatively on Londoner’s day-to-day existence and long-term health. A recent study by King’s College London revealed that nearly 9,500 people die a year as a result of air pollution in London alone, with the World Health Organisation estimating a cost £54 billion to the UK economy in the last year alone.

The Euston Wellbeing Walk is an alternative walking route that encourages people to avoid the high levels of pollution on Euston Road. Running between King’s Cross St Pancras Station and Euston Stations to Regents Park (via Somers Town) the Wellbeing Walk has 50% less pollution than the Euston Road.

Performance starts at 9pm on Euston Road, London. Please check invisibledust.com and Twitter for details.

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