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The word is out and the buzz is growing: ‘Human Sensor’ Press


07/07/2016

‘Human Sensor’ by Kasia Molga courtesy of Invisible Dust, Photo at Manchester Piccadilly by Nick Harrison, 2016.

‘Human Sensor’ by Kasia Molga courtesy of Invisible Dust, Photo at Manchester Piccadilly by Nick Harrison, 2016.

The word is out and the buzz is growing around ‘Human Sensor’.  As we approach the culmination of our most ambitious project to date, we would like to thank the multiple art, science and news platforms joining this interesting and vital discussion about air pollution.

An article by ArtsHub explains that the project is a collaboration between digital artist Kasia Molga and leading scientist Professor Frank Kelly. The article concisely relays how “Using bio feedback, geo-location information and tiny microphones, the clothing can collect data and form a picture of pollution hot spots around the city.” ArtsHub also touch on Manchester’s historic relationship with air pollution; “Manchester, one of Britain’s most polluted cities and the heartland of the industrial north.”

A Clean London Special Investigation piece in the London Evening Standard on Human Sensor described the scientific intricacies of this complex project; a “team of scientists will follow eight wearers with air quality monitors to take readings that will be analysed and fed into the colour display on the cape and mask within two hours.”

Platform, a leading online news portal for sharing knowledge and intelligence on sustainability across Greater Manchester, is spreading the word, reminding its readers that the “specially choreographed performances across Manchester’s City Centre and will debut on Saturday, 23rd July 2016.”

The Washington Post includes an interesting discussion of the impact of poor air quality, how “6 million premature deaths each year — or about 18,000 deaths each day — are caused by air pollution around the world.” The article relates Molga’s project to the development of wearable technology being used to tackle air pollution such as TZOA “a wearable ‘enviro-tracker’ that reportedly measures the particulate matter in the surrounding air and allows users to access the data through a smartphone app.”

We were extremely excited to read an article on Culture 24, the non-profit, digital cultural publishing organisation, and their perspective on Molga’s innovative hi-tech costumes. The article discusses how “amid air pollution concerns in which the figures seem uniformly grim, a new form of clothing resembling illuminated origami could help” and questions whether this project could be the catalysis for “A big societal change?”

Human Sensor will debut on Saturday, 23rd July 2016 at 21:00 at 70 Oxford Road, with further performances until Friday 29th July 2016. The choreographed performances will culminate at NOMA, Sadler’s Yard, Manchester.

Read more about the project here. Use #thehumansensor on twitter to join in the conversation too!

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