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activation:fields – Projects & References

Infra(proto)types In the Air: “Presentation as a prototype itself: opens questions through the material of In the Air, a project which makes visible the components of the air.

It is a step in a collective research on how to describe the air, and it is a machine in permanent change. It uses a primitive form (a type?), a topography as a generic experiential codification, to describe it, and has been afterwards borrowed to describe other actions: flowers, water contamination… Simulation versus realism. Can a map be a prototype? Can a conglomerate of visualizations be a prototype?”

STRANGE WEATHER: “Architecture has traditionally had a direct relationship with weather: that of keeping it out or accommodating fair weather. But can the weather offer any new and generative directions for architecture? To measure the subtle microclimates present in all spaces, a device carrying a series of thermometers takes instant temperature readings at vertical one-foot intervals. The data is transformed into thermographs–contour drawings of the temperature variations. A second thermographic device was made to directly translate the temperature readings into visual form. The thermometers, placed in a one-foot grid three wide and six high, are connected to a ruled system of gauges. The discrepancies between the readings produce a physical displacement of the brass pistons. The form that results is a thermally derived landscape: a thermoscape translation from fluctuating micro-climates.

Botanicalls Twitter: “…answers the question: What’s up with your plant? It offers a connection to your leafy pal via online Twitter status updates that reach you anywhere in the world. When your plant needs water, it will post to let you know, and send its thanks when you show it love. Twitter is social software that asks a simple question: What are you doing? Botanicalls is a system that was developed to allow plants to place phone calls for human help. When a plant on the Botanicalls network needs water, it can call a person and ask for exactly what it needs. When people phone the plants, the plants orient callers to their habits and characteristics.

Venue: a portable media rig, interview studio, multi-format event platform, and forward-operating landscape research base… Venue will serve as a backdrop — or venue — for original interviews with people from an extraordinary range of disciplines, even as it records and surveys each site through an array of both analog and high-tech instruments. From architects to scientists and novelists to mayors, from police officers to civil engineers and athletes to artists, and from landfill-remediation crews to independent filmmakers, Venue’s archive will assemble a cumulative, participatory, and media-rich core sample of the greater North American landscape, by means of a rolling festival of site visits, interviews, film screenings, discussions, debates, presentations, performances…

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MILK: “Europe as Europe. No borders, just land with people and things. People and things that move. The MilkLine is one of the countless movements of the international food trade, in this case milk, produced by Latvian farmers, made into cheese by a local factory with the help of an Italian expert, transported to the Netherlands, stored in a charming Dutch cheese warehouse to ripen, sold at the Utrecht market and finally eaten by Dutch citizens. The Participants This map follows the milk from the udder of the cow to the plate of the consumer, by means of the people involved. All those involved were given a GPS device for a day: one of the days that they were somehow occupied with the movements of this dairy.”

The East Paris Emotion Map is the result of a two day intensive workshop by Christian Nold with 18 local people commissioned by Gallery Ars Longa. The participants explored the area around the 11th arrondissement whilst equipped with the special Bio Mapping tool invented by the artist. The device measured the participants’ emotional arousal in relation to their geographical location in the city. On their return from the walk all the participants viewed their maps and guided by the artist analysed and annotated their own arousal data. On the map, the walks are represented by blue lines tracing the paths that people walked. The areas of high emotional arousal are represented by red clusters. Arousal is not necessarily positive or negative and is best thought about in terms of heightened attention to ones body or surroundings. The white dots indicate where the participants added textual annotations to describe the variety of events and sensory stimuli that caused their emotional reactions during their walks.

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