Sensing Pollution in London Fields
Space Media Arts
129-131 Mare Street, London E8 3RH | map
Wednesday 9th November 2005 2pm-5pm
Giles Lane, Orlagh Woods, Alice Angus, Sarah Thelwall
you live in, work near or use London Fields?
Are you concerned about pollution in the local environment?
Help us map and discuss how pollution affects the way we live, work
and play by taking part in a Bodystorming workshop at SPACE Studios.
This process is intended to help people feel more empowered about intervening
in issues around environmental pollution, where it is usually the case
that measuring levels of pollution is done by government agencies without
local people being consulted. By exploring and demonstrating simple ways
in which local people can build their own, playful, sensing and mapping
technologies we hope to inspire fun, yet serious, methods that communities
can employ for themselves.
workshop will aim to map some of the known and visible pollution issues
in and around London Fields (by sending groups out to photo and annotate
the area). We will then use these to explore the invisible pollution issues
– air quality, historic industrial pollution etc – that may
not be obvious. We will demonstrate a ready-made Feral Robot and experimental
sensors we are developing with Birkbeck College that can upload sensor
traces to the Urban
Tapestries public authoring system.
There are 25 places available for the workshop – if you live or
work around London Fields you are warmly invited to book a place and participate.
Bodystorming experiences are designed to demonstrate and explore ideas
and situations with groups of people. Fun and tactile, this approach allows
us to investigate different qualities that an idea may have when applied
in a physical setting – like a game it reveals the tensions and
pleasures of limits and rules and reveals the kinds of relationships that
occur through social and cultural interactions between people. Using props
and take-home materials generated by the participants, everyone shares
ownership of their experience.
Robotic Feral Public Authoring
Proboscis has been developing a collaboration with artist / engineer Natalie
Jeremijenko and Birkbeck College Computer Science Department to enable
people to map local environmental pollution. Our aim is to demonstrate
a means by which ordinary people could (in the near future) adapt simple
technologies – such as toy robots and online maps – to map
visible pollution (rubbish dumping, chemical leakage etc) and sense (sniff
out) invisible pollution (air borne pollutants, ground-based toxins etc).
has been researching new mobile and internet technologies for mapping
and sharing local knowledge and experiences (what we call 'public authoring')
with its experimental software system, Urban
Tapestries. Natalie Jeremijenko has been adapting toy robots in Feral
Robots to act as cheap and fun pollution sensors. This project will
combine the feral robots with Urban Tapestries in an experiment to explore
the site of London Fields from environmental, personal and community experience
points of view.